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Indiana Glass History
1923 to 1950
1923 to 1950
1923 was an important year for Indiana Glass, history wise anyway. In 1923 Indiana Glass introduced a pattern of glassware called Avocado. This is important because Avocado is considered to be the very first Depression Glass Pattern. It is an Art Nouveau pattern that was made for 11 years in four colors: green, pink, crystal and white milk glass. It is a luncheon and serving set comprised of 16 pieces. It is a great favorite among Depression Glass collectors. Below are a couple of examples of the Avocado Pattern.
In 1925 and 1926, Indiana Glass introduced three more Depression Glass patterns. The Indiana Sandwich pattern was made in five colors. The pattern number #610, Pyramid, as made in four colors and the Tea Room pattern was made in five different colors. The Sandwich pattern is more of a classic design but it was extremely popular. The other two are dramatic Art Deco designs.
I have pictured examples of these three patterns below.
In 1929, the Indiana Glass Company introduced the Lorain #615 pattern to their glassware line. This pattern is important because it is the first mold-etched design. The Lorain pattern is a beautiful blend of Floral and Art Deco. This pattern was produced in three colors, crystal, yellow and green and it was only produced for four years. It is a highly collectible pattern and single luncheon plates can sell for 50.00 dollars or more.
Sometime in the 1930's, Indiana starting making those Hens or Hon on a Nest. They continued to make those for 70 plus years. Indiana Glass only made one style hen but it can be found with or without beading. The older hens have no beading around the top edge of the nest. According to Indiana Hon collectors, these can be found in 80 different colors.
The glassware patterns seem to die down a bit after 1940.
It is thought during this time period Indiana Glass may have made headlights, lens and other industrial glass items. These items were needed in abundance during World War II. I have been told that many of the glass making companies stopped making wares and switched to making industrial glass items that were needed for the war. During peace times the big warehouse doors would be open day and night and all were welcome to stand outside and view the operations inside. During war times, the big doors were closed and the workers were sworn to secrecy. Perhaps this is what Indiana Glass made too, much needed war time glass. The information I have states that a few of the depression glass lines continued but they made a great deal of industrial glass.
I did find a few glass patterns from the 1940's. They are listed in the table below.
I am trying to cover everything briefly and touch on the important patterns from each Indiana Glass era. If I have left out any important patterns from this time period, please let me know and I will include them here.
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