Hardcover: 304 pages
Publisher: Krause Publications; 5 edition (September 29, 2009)
Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 1 x 10.9 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
Best Sellers Rank: #532,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #84 in Books > Crafts, Hobbies & Home > Antiques & Collectibles > Houseware & Dining > Glass & Glassware #955 in Books > Reference > Encyclopedias & Subject Guides > Antiques & Collectibles
The book has a great introduction, a color time line, a really good shape guide and thumbnail identification guide to help narrow the areas of research. There is also a company time line of when the various companies began and ended business. To help with varifying the age of individual pieces there is a discussion of reproducitons and how to recognize them. Each pattern is discussed at length with both color photos and a black and white drawing to help. The price list is organized by the type of piece, size, and color with a price by color of the price at the time of publication. There is also a short glossary (I didn't know what a nappy was but now I do), a resources list of collectors clubs, regional clubs, internet sites, and publications. The index is very helpful for patterns with several names. The only improvement could be inclusion of some patterns not represented, but then the book would be larger and probably more expensive.
I gave this to my sister as a gift. She's started collecting them and was thrilled to receive the book. As someone who doesn't know anything about depression glass, this was a great guide when going to my grandmother's glassware to see if we could recognize and then price the items. The only thing I think would make this a 5-star book is something I found in another book, that was lacking other things. However, they visually represented what an original versus a reproduction looked like and then pointed out differences, like if the engraving reached the edge of the glass, that was original whereas reproductions stopped short, etc. (made up example - it might actually be the other way around.) Regardless, my sister was thrilled and I was thrilled that she liked it so much and that we could put it to use immediately.
I decided to begin collecting depression glass for my summer home in the Midwest. This is my first book on the subject and helped me immensely. The photos not only indentified what I already purchased but helped me decide what to buy next. It is quite complete.
I asked for this book for Christmas and was thrilled to receive it. Makes identifying depression patterns easy as pie. The price guide is a little unrealistic, but other than that it is a very helpful reference book.
I have learned so much about my depression glass since purchasing this book. Anyone whom collects depression glass would find this an interesting read! I have already recommended this to several friends. LOVE THIS BOOK !
I am new to depression glass. I bought this book because it has detailed drawings of the edge of the pieces. Though there are some colored pictures and prices listed for each item, I find the drawings the most helpful for this novice.
Very nice reference book for those who buy antique glass for collection or for resale. Nicely illustrated and detailed. I feel anyone who purchases this book will find it to be an excellent resource of information!
Another excellent source for researching depression glass - good variety. Does have some pages that aren't exact, such as the American Pattern at the beginning of the book - it shows a bowl, under the picture of the bowl it has "bowl $75" printed, but does not show the measurements and is not listed along with the multiple other pieces. A detail that I spent many hours trying to get the answer too to no avail. Other than that, good book, never been a big fan of the "sketched" patterns in black and white
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