When my husband gives me eBay gift cards as presents, you can bet it doesn't take me long to decide what I want to buy, as for the past two years it's been pretty much the same thing: pink Tea Room pattern Depression glass. I'm usually too thrifty to buy very much of it myself, but when it's his money I'm spending, well that's another matter!
And so it is that I have added to my small collection these two Tea Room sherbet glasses. I'm so happy to kick off the year with a Tea Room addition, so to speak!
The other thing that surprised me about these pieces is what good condition they are in, with no nicks or chips at all. I've written before about how the feature that makes this Art Deco design so appealing—all those little angular stair-step ridges—is the same feature that makes this pattern hard to find in good condition. Unlike more rounded patterns, this one had a lot of sharp edges to get banged around through the years! One Depression glass expert has reported finding this pattern in factory boxes, unopened, and 25 percent of those pieces had flaws and weren't "mint." So finding two lovely pieces like these makes my New Year's Resolution about eating more fruit a lot more fun to keep!