Tuesday, January 31, 2012

The Real Deal....

Will the real depression glass biscuit barrel please step forward.....

I was window shopping in Lake Placid, NY a few years ago when I saw this cute little jar in the window.  I went in to check it out and found myself in a cute store that married antiques and reproductions nicely in a general store type setting.  I was hoping my find was the real thing.  When I asked to see the cookie jar, the sales lady said "let me go get a fresh one from the back".  My first clue that it was a reproduction.  The $12.50 price was my second clue, but I was already smitten with the little jar and bought it.  I have enjoyed using it instead of just displaying it, which I would have been tempted to do if it was the read deal.  It is a nice little reproduction of the Mayfair pattern from the 1930's.

This past weekend I found this pretty piece of depression glass at my favorite consignment antiques store and couldn't resist.  I could tell at first glance it was authentic.  The glass is very delicate and there is a mould circle on the bottom.  I think this is the princess pattern made by the Hocking Glass Company in the 1930's.  The term biscuit barrel and cookie jar seem to be used interchangeably for these jars.  I paid $30.00 and have seen similar jars on Etsy and ebay for twice that, so am happy with the price.

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  1. Both your jars are lovely! Real or not, if you like it, get it! I'm one of those who buys what I like even if it's not old or is a repo.
    Thanks for visiting!

  2. I agree. Both are pretty and very useable. it doesn't matter if it is real or repo - as long as you them!

  3. Both jars are nice--looks like the beginning of a collection! Thanks for linking up to Share the Love Wednesday!

  4. If your first cookie jar had been authentic it would have been worth about $850! (I have the clear pink version worth about $35..which is about what I paid for it!)...

    Your second cookie jar, I think, is not AH Princess pattern... but a lesser known and more rare pattern called Springtime, #270, by a company, The Monongah Glass Company. They only produced depression glass during the 1920's. You won't find this glass in the Warman's Depression Glass "bible"... but in book by Gene Florence published in 1998 called Florence's Glassware Pattern Identification Guide. In his guide, Florence identifys many lesser know patterns, that weren't so mass produced and rarely copied... so you might be holding on to a little treasure there...

    Good hunting! Dixie

    ps... My great aunt made me a depression glass addict in the 1950's and I simply cannot help myself!

  5. They're both beautiful! How big are they? I have a pink one like the one on the right but it is small - only a couple of inches tall. I use it in the bathroom on a shelf and, unfortunately, the cat must have knocked the lid into the garbage can and we didn't notice. It must have gotten thrown out! (boohoo) The only explanation for it's sudden disappearance, none of us humans in the house know where it went. lol(kind of)

  6. Pickled egg jars!! LOL! Our family has a pink one in the cabbage rose pattern that was used every Easter to make beet pickled eggs in! They were so pretty! Love your green ones!

  7. I have a complete green set of cannisters and the cookie jar with screw on lid. I have kept them for years and sold all my pink depression dishes

    after seeing your little jar made me think of mine in a box stored away in a closet

  8. I think the best thing about those of us who Reuse and Repurpose is that we don't care if it's valuable, as long as you LOVE it! Forget designer labels; so overdone these days.

  9. Reproductions are great...as you said, enjoy it and not just display it!