Well, I'm happy to report that the Peach State Depression Glass Show was certainly worth a visit this weekend!
The Cobb County Civic Center was packed with some truly beautiful glassware, and you can read books on glassware all day long but there's nothing quite like looking and touching! Surprisingly, the greens and blues caught my eye more than the pink glassware. This Block Optic pattern always gets my attention because some pieces resemble the angular design of the Tea Room pattern I'm always after.
I also enjoy coming across pieces I've never seen before, like this dish and Butter Cover.
Do any of you collect Jadeite? I don't (yet), but I've long admired it. A few vendors had gorgeous Jadeite tea canisters, but they started at about $135 so I'll just have to wait for my mom to find one for me at a yard sale!
Most antique malls I visit seem to have far more glasses and bowls and plates and not a great selection of teacups and saucers. Here, every table had teacups galore! I'd seen this Swirl pattern in glassware books and was never that impressed, but "live" it is really a beautiful color called "Ultramarine." And to think, these were once dime store dishes!
The pattern that most impressed me, though, was this beautiful icy blue Caprice. I've never decorated with this shade of blue, but if you do ... find you a piece of this glassware! It is simply stunning!
Here's a sugar and creamer in Caprice.
After I'd visited quite a few booths, I was horrified to discover many of them had glassware on the floor and I hadn't been paying attention! Yikes!
The green glassware I've seen tends to be a light lime green color, but this glass was a pretty light olive green. Very unique.
Also unique: this cup and saucer with grapes on it. LOVE the shape of that saucer! At $95 these were some of the pricier teacups I saw (and surely rare!), but there was lots of glassware for under $10 too, so it was nice to see they have pieces for all pocketbooks.
If I ever see some of these glasses ($58-$85) at a yard sale or flea market, I'll know they are worth a pretty penny!
On the balcony overlooking the show floor, there was a booth where visitors could have pieces of glassware identified. Kind of reminded me of Antiques Roadshow. (The Roadshow, by the way, is coming to Atlanta next month and I got a press invite to attend. Might be fun to see it behind the scenes!)
My purchase of the day was a divided relish dish in the pink Tea Room pattern, easy to spot because of the angles.
It took some restraint, but I bought only this one piece. (The $355 pair of Tea Room glass lamps did not come home with me, alas.) Compared to other patterns with lots of pieces on display, there really wasn't a lot of Tea Room glass. A sugar bowl in pink, a creamer in green, another relish dish like mine (in green), one bowl, a few plates, two ice buckets and a clear goblet. Oh, and lest I forget -- a banana split dish that tea rooms must have used for very small banana splits! It was fun to see so much glass in one location, and I feel like my "glassware education" got a boost at this show!