Thursday, August 19, 2010

Treasure Chest Thursday--Hiser Depression Glass

Decades ago my mother-in-law gave me this sturdy green depression glass celery dish. If I remember correctly, it belonged to my husband's paternal grandmother, Eva Farschman Hiser. For the past several months I have been busy, once a week, cleaning out the condo of my mother-in-law and have found additional pieces of green depression glass....again, probably belonging to Grandmother Hiser.

This piece does not match the others, it is a much lighter shade of green.....almost a celery color. With each item I have found, I begin to wonder if this was Eva's glassware, or perhaps predated her. Nothing to do but google depression glass. Here is what I found on a website by Dr. Lori that no longer exists. Thank goodness for the cached feature!

"In the collecting category of 1930s Depression glass, green is king. Green is the most popular of the Depression glass colors overpowering the traditional amber, yellow, or pink varieties. This American made glass called Depression glass has a deceptive name because the glassware was first introduced in the mid 1920s and continued to be produced by some companies well into the 1950s—a far cry from the Depression era."

Looks as if this was Eva's as she and Orison were married in 1920.

I should use this piece more. Frankly, it is hidden away on a top shelf in a cabinet in my kitchen. I think one Christmas I did use it for butter pats on the holiday table. I need to make a mental note to pull it out again this Christmas. It certainly fits into the red and green holiday color scheme.

© 2010, copyright Linda Hughes Hiser


  1. It is such a beautiful piece of glass!

  2. That is an interesting piece. I do like the colour. It would be good for asparagus too.

  3. That is actually a bit cooler than the normal depression glass. This is Vaseline Glass. It is also known as Uranium Glass because of the Uranium Oxide they used to use in the glass manufacturing. If you want the full effect of your wonderful glassware, get it near a black light!!!!!! It is one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen! Don't worry about the radioactive factor of the glass with normal usage. It is as radioactive as a rock or a brick.