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Keith Rogers – New to Collecting

Keith Rogers is a new collector from North Salt Lake, Utah, who found uranium glass and decided that he had a new hobby! He sent me a few pictures of his collection and I gotta say, Keith, you have some really great pieces! To add to his collection he wanted blue uranium and found a pair of Cambridge Blue Uranium candlesticks from the 20’s here on the Mary’ist of Memories website! Here is a picture of some of his glass under a black light and also a picture of the candlesticks added to his collection! Thank you Keith for finding us!

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The True Value of Collectible Glass

Every collector started somewhere. Me, I started at home. My mother loved her Fenton glass. When I was younger I didn’t understand it, a vase is a vase, I thought. But as I got older and started noticing the difference in color brilliance and how the cut of a design brought out different features I found myself wanting more. My love developed over time. As I started picking up pieces here and there I started questioning…who made this, I want more or I wonder how old this peice is and how many different people had it sitting on their entry table? Researching glass is not as difficult as you would think but there is one rule that I have always stood by, if I LOVE it, then it’s worth it! The purpose of decorative glass was to make people happy, brighten their day and their homes. It started in the 20’s with, what we call, depression glass. Depression glass was cheap and found everywhere, it was produced with the purpose of giving the home a colorful way to brighten their day. Depression glass was not made elegantly, it was made quickly and with the intent of high production. The seams were not sanded, the edges are rough and it is common to find bubbles in the glass. With that information it makes it a bit easier to identify real depression glass from replicas.

Looking at a piece of depression glass you will find many flaws, which today would make you beleive it is fake, but in the glass world it is exactly oposite. I have some sherbert dishes that really tested my faith, not only could you see and feel the seam but the cut design is very rough. After showing them to someone with more education than myself, it turns out that they were very authentic and in fact had probably just not been used. Over years of use the roughness smooths out from handling and washing, not completely, but it does make a difference. Needless to say, I was very surprised to see a true piece of depression glass in its original state. True depression glass may also have ripples, most commonly found on plates and the bottom of bowls. And finally, depression glass was used daily so scratches and divots are common.

For beginer collectors I offer only 2 pieces of advice: 1. get a book of glass that has good pictures, no book has every pattern of every maker but even 1 book will get you familiar with designs, colors, styles and names; 2. Don’t worry so much about the maker and the age or the value of what you find, spend more thought on where will you put it and how will it look with your other pieces. If it is perfect for you, then it is perfect no matter who made it or what it’s monetary value is. The true value of any collectible item is in the happiness it brings you.

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Glass or China? Flowers or Simple Elegance?

I am one of those “at the moment” kind of people. At the moment I love china, but this summer I will love glass! I go back and forth with my mood and the season and, of course, the newest great find that I CAN’T live without! However, it is becoming more common to mix it all together! Not just glass with china but patterns and colors! My Grandmother went to Germany a few times and she loved to get a new set of china each time she went. When she got home it was out with the old and in with the new. For her having the set is what made the beauty of the table. I have a few personal sets that I will never part with, but, when I pull one of those sets out I am never happy with the set as a whole. For example, if I take out my Pope Gosser PInk Rose set I like to use all the plates and maybe one casserole dish, then I like to mix in pink swirl glasses and maybe white and gold rimmed serving plate with a touch of purple glass candlesticks. Then the next time I may use blue garland plates and cups with blue glass berry bowls and milk glass serving bowls. The thing is, too much of one pattern drowns out the pattern, when you add touches of other patterns and colors that make each other pop you appriciate the beauty of each piece because it is highlighted more. So don’t be afraid to mix things up! Don’t go overboard…some colors and patterns are just not meant to be together, but play around a little! If you like it, then it probably looks great!

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Why Even Numbers?

I find so many great deals on glasses and dishes because they are missing 1 plate or 1 cup.  In fact, most of my personal dishes I bought because they were clearenced because there were only 9 glasses, or 11 plates, then I bring them home and pack up the oddball! I have yet to keep it packed for very long because I have kids 🙂 And truthfully, it’s not always the kids that have the accident.  It should be another rule to Newtons laws of gravity…if you buy something new, it won’t take long to break it in.  I am always thankful that I have the extra to replace it! So next time you find that set that you LOVE but it only has 7, BUY IT! You will have a set of 6 whatevers, plus a replacement for the next time your cousin’s kid or friends kid breaks one!