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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.  

Avocado or Sweet Pear Plate
Avocado Pink plate
Avocado Plate in Green
1923 - 1933
Avocado Plate in Pink
1923 - 1933

Avocado was reproduced by Indiana Glass in their Tiara Line (1970 - 1998).  It was called Sweet Pear.


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.

Indiana Sandwich
Indiana Pyramid
Indiana Tea Room
Sandwich
1925
Pyramid
1926 -1932
Tea Room
1926 - 1931

Sandwich was reproduced by Indiana Glass in their Tiara line (1970 - 1998).  
Pyramid and Tea Room  were not reproduced.


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.

Lorain #615 in yellow
Lorain #615 in green
Lorain #615 in yellow
Lorain #615 in green

Other Indiana Glass Patterns
Old English - 1928 - 1929
Horseshoe #612 - 1930 - 1933
Vernon #616 - 1930 - 1932
Old English
1928 - 1929
Horseshoe #612
1930 - 1933
Vernon #616
1930 - 1932
Pineapple Floral - 1932 - 1937
Indiana Custard  - 1933 - 1935
Daisy - 1933 - 1940
Pineapple Floral
1932 - 1937
Indiana Custard
1933 - 1935
Daisy
1933 - 1940
Pretzel - Late 1930's
1970's Floral & Pinapple compote
Pretzel 70s repro - marigold Pretzel 70s repro - olive green
Pretzel
Late 1930's
Pineapple Floral & Pretzel were reissued in the 1970's in the now very familiar gold carnival and olive green colors.

Check the Indiana Patttern List for more depression glass patterns.



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.

Older Hen, lattice type nest and no beading
Older Hen, stippled type nest and no beading
Older Hen, lattice type nest and no beading
Older Hen, lattice type nest and no beading
Older Hen, stippled type nest and no beading
Older Hen, lattice type nest and no beading

The hens were of course, reissued for many years.  For more information on Indiana Glass Hens on a Nest, please use the following link:



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.

Tear Drop #1011
Constellation #300
Oleander 40s for Montgomery Wards
Tear Drop #1011
Constellation #300
Oleander

The Oleander Pattern was made for Montgomery Wards in the 1940's.  The line was sometimes called Willow and Magnolia.  Some collectors call it WOM, a combination of all three names.

The Constellation Pattern was reissued in the Tiara line.


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.

Click on the link below if you would like to continue and learn about the Indiana Glass History from 1951 to 1970.



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