During the Depression Era, many glass companies including Federal, Hazel Atlas, Jeannette and Hocking made very inexpensive glass products. Most of these products, to the delight of many people, were given away as premiums with the purchase of other products including soap, gasoline and cereal. And many people still collect Depression Era glass, which comes in many different colors, styles and patterns. Due to the abundance of Depression Era glass then and now, it is still relatively cheap to collect this type of glass. Depression Era glass however should not be confused with Elegant Glass which was made in the same time period.
Although made in the same time period, that is where the similarity between Depression Glass and Elegant Glass ends. Elegant Glass was made by many companies including Cambridge, Fostoria, Heisey and Tiffin. Unlike its cousin however, Elegant glass was not given away, but rather sold at high end department and jewelry stores. The main reason for this was the more expensive way that this glass was produced; Depression glass was mass produced by machine and patterns were raised on the glass; Elegant glass was made by hand with intricate designs and patterns etched into the glass.
What is a dime worth to you? In most cases a dime as we know is worth ten cents. It is one tenth of an American dollar or ten American pennies. In rare cases, a dime may be worth a little more if it is unique or in some cases a dime can be worth a lot more depending on condition and rarity. Such was the case this past week when a single dime sold at auction for more than $1.84 million.
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Some of the most beautiful etched glass was of course made by the Cambridge Glass Company in Ohio from 1901 until the late 50s. All of their glass was handmade and came in a vast array of colors including amber, ebony, azurite, ivory and cobalt. Most is etched and came in a variety of patterns such as Rosepoint, Chantilly, Wildflower and itís most popular Caprice which was featured in many prominent magazines and publications.
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