About Kimbesa

I love dishes, and I continue to haunt thrift stores, estate sales, and other places where vintage china, dinnerware and glassware are to be found.

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Glassware | Lots to Love

When I’m scouting, choosing between the glassware and the dinnerware can be a tough choice!

Both have so many charms to tempt me, though I often find the china dishes to be easier to work with.

Glass has its challenges, in both identification and condition. I presume that glassware in the secondary marketplace has some kind of condition defect, unless my close inspection proves otherwise. It’s easy for a chip or crack to go unnoticed, especially when the surface is textured.

Even so, glass is often worth the challenge.

Why I love glassware

Shiny glass is charming; nothing shines like . . . → Read More: Glassware | Lots to Love

Cambridge Candlelight and Cobalt Blank 3400 – Classic Shape and Style

We complete our four-part series on Depression glass used in table settings, and the table setting contest winners from the recent Great Lakes Depression Glass Club show.

Fourth prize went to Dorothy Alden, for her a table setting using pieces in the Candlelight pattern and 3400 Blank, by Cambridge. Her table setting was also displayed as part of the education exhibit.

The Candlelight pattern by Cambridge Glass features a cameo-like candle motif, along with detailed floral sprays, in clear glass. The 3400 blank has gently scalloped edges. In this table setting, the plain charger plate is in cobalt blue . . . → Read More: Cambridge Candlelight and Cobalt Blank 3400 – Classic Shape and Style

Fostoria Chintz and Spode Rosebud Chintz – Mix Glass and China

In the third part of our series about the winning table settings created members of the Great Lakes Depression Glass Club, we move on to a setting that combines elegant glass and china.

Mary Dunmire’s table setting took third prize, and featured her mother’s Fostoria crystal in the Chintz pattern.

Her table setting beautifully combined with china in the Rosebud Chintz pattern by Spode, made to go with the glassware.

Chintz was another beautiful glassware pattern by Fostoria, produced from about 1940 to 1973.

Spode produced this china pattern from the 1950s to about 1971.

Chintz pattersn, in both . . . → Read More: Fostoria Chintz and Spode Rosebud Chintz – Mix Glass and China

Heisey Orchid – A Flower Lover’s Favorite Glass

Our four-part series on the table setting contest winners from the recent Great Lakes Depression Glass Club show continues.

Second prize went to a table setting using the Orchid pattern by club member Margie Laski, who loves orchids and is president of the Michigan Orchid Society. Her table setting was displayed as part of the club’s educational exhibit at the show.

The Orchid pattern by Heisey features a detailed, etched floral motif with a prominent orchid.

A. H. Heisey & Co. was a glass maker located in Newark, Ohio for many years. Most of the pieces are marked with . . . → Read More: Heisey Orchid – A Flower Lover’s Favorite Glass

Fostoria American – Depression Glass Winner

As part of the recent Great Lakes Depression Glass Club show, the members organized a table setting contest. The work of the four winners was on display as part of the club’s educational display at the show.

First prize went to an engagement party table setting using the American pattern by club member Joan Larson.

American was a very popular pattern made by Fostoria from about 1915 to the mid-1980s. Most of the pieces were made in crystal clear glass, but also sometimes in colors. The fact that this pattern was made for so long attests to its popularity.

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Depression Glass – Pyramid Pattern Offers Sleek Style

The Depression glass pattern called Pyramid was produced by Indiana Glass in Dunkirk, Ind. From 1926 to 1932, in various colors, including green. Most are serving pieces, such as this creamer and sugar on a carrying stand.

I bought this set around 1980 at the Shipshewana flea market as a gift for my mother. She was collecting Depression glass at that time. (Those were the days, more like a giant garage sale with lots of people clearing out from homes and barns, and selling out of the backs of cars and pick-up trucks.)

In a wave of recent downsizing, . . . → Read More: Depression Glass – Pyramid Pattern Offers Sleek Style

Depression Glass Show – A Great Learning Opportunity

Many of my dishie friends love glass as well. Then the challenge comes up: identifying glass. Most glass is not marked.

Learning the makers and patterns takes time and experience. There are many wonderful books, but they will only get you part of the way.

We are fortunate here to have our local Great Lakes Depression Glass Club. They organize an excellent show and sale each spring.

As usual, this year’s show was great for continuing education and acquisition of glass and information. More than 20 dealers brought their wares as well, so there is lots to see and . . . → Read More: Depression Glass Show – A Great Learning Opportunity

Depression Glass, Classic Style

This past weekend, the local Depression glass society had its spring show. Always a treat to see this beautiful glass, and the society members make it enjoyable. They run a table where you can get help with identifying your own glass (included in the cost of admission).

They identified ruffled blue berry bowl in the “Fancy” or “Diamond Arches” pattern by Hazel Atlas for me.

I’m old enough to remember Depression glass from my grandmother’s and great aunt’s collections. Charming patterns like Cameo or Sharon in pink, Parrot in green, or blue Aunt Polly.

I remember going . . . → Read More: Depression Glass, Classic Style

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