The Hocking Glass Company
The Hocking Glass Company is responsible for so many of the beautiful Depression Era Patterns that we now collect.
In 1905, The Hocking Glass Company was founded by I. J. Collins and E. B. Good, in Lancaster, Ohio. Hocking began as a small company, making small items mostly by hand. By the 1920s, the company had grown and saw the need to apply new machine technology to keep up with the ever-growing demand for products. By this time the company had diversified and was making tableware, as well as bottles, tumblers, lamp chimneys, and novelties. In 1924, Plant No. 1 of The Hocking Glass Company was destroyed by fire. The plant was rebuilt and was back in operation later that year. Also, the Lancaster Glass Company and the Standard Glass Company of Lancaster, Ohio were partially acquired by Hocking. By 1928, demand continued to grow and the first green machine -made pressed pattern (Depression Glass) was produced. This venture met with so much success that The Hocking Glass Company was soon producing great quantities of Depression Glass in an array of colors and patterns that we are so familiar with today. Some of the best known patterns were Cameo, Block Optic, Miss America, and Mayfair. Later, a new entry, heat resistant Fireking glassware became a hot seller. During the 1930's Hocking grew rapidly through acquisitions. The General Glass Corporation, the Turner Glass Company, and the Salem Glass Works were all consolidated into the Hocking operation. Also, prior to 1940, the remaining assets of the Lancaster Glass Company and the Standard Glass Company were acquired by Anchor Hocking. In 1937, Hocking merged with Anchor Cap and Closure Corporation and became the leader in selling both machine-made glassware and bottles. After the merger these companies became known as the Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation. Although Anchor Hocking continued to produce glass retail and specialty products, diversification was the order of the 1960's and 1970's. In the late 1960's Anchor Hocking moved into plastics with the acquisition of Plastic, Inc. and the word "Glass" was removed from the company name. In the early 1970's, Anchor Hocking acquired The Taylor, Smith & Taylor Pottery Company of Chester, West Virginia. In 1987, The Anchor Hocking Corporation was bought by Newell, Inc. and several other new owners appeared after the turn of the century. Despite all the recent changes in ownership, Anchor Hocking is still producing a varied line of consumer and industrial products with strong domestic and international sales.
The brief history for this article was adapted from the book "Colored Glassware of the Depression Era 2" by Hazel Marie Weatherman.
Hocking / Anchor Hocking Depression Era Patterns
Hocking Block Optic
- (1929-1933) (Crystal, Green, Pink, Yellow; Some pieces have been found in Amber, Light Blue, Marigold Iridescent, Pink, Jadite, and White Milk Glass)
Hocking's Block Optic pattern is stunning despite its simplicity. Horizontal and vertical lines intersect to form this large block-style pattern. Block Optic was one of Hocking's best selling lines. Sizeable Block Optic dinnerware sets were produced in crystal, green, pink, and yellow. Rarely found pieces are sometimes found in colors that include clambroth green, light blue, and amber. Some pieces may occasionally be seen with a satin finish. Some green goblets have been found with a black enameled stem and foot. Also, green footed tumblers have been seen with a black foot. Complete pink and yellow sets will be difficult to assemble. Many of the pieces made are in the same shapes as another Hocking pattern called Cameo.
- (1930's) (Crystal, Green, Pink)
Hocking's Circle gets its name from the row of horizontal lines which encircle the center of each piece. The style is simple and helps to give your kitchen area a classic look. Circle is considered a luncheon set because there is no dinner plate available. However, a 10" sandwich plate can be found and many collectors use it as a dinner plate. The small green bowl is commonly found but larger size bowls are elusive in all colors. The large pitcher was made to use with one of the standard Hocking reamer tops. The combination is shown in a 1929 catalog ad. This reamer set is collected by both Circle collectors and reamer collectors. Sizeable collections are difficult to assemble in any color other than green. Circle is one of the Hocking patterns that fits in well with Hocking's line of green kitchen glassware.
-- (1936-1940) (Crystal, Green, Pink, Royal Ruby)
The Coronation pattern is a luncheon set that the Hocking Glass Company produced from the mid 1930's until 1940. Pink is the only color in which every piece was made. Handled bowls, luncheon plates, sherbets, and cups with saucers are easy to find in pink, and they are very reasonable in price. Tumblers can be acquired in pink if you are willing to pay the price. Rare items in pink include the crescent salad plate, the ice lip pitcher and handless bowls. The only items easily available in Royal Ruby are three sizes of handled bowls that comprise a berry set. This set is a nice addition to a Royal Ruby Collection, and like the common the pink, these pieces are economically priced. Green pieces are scarce. They are usually priced out of sight and I can't imagine anyone willing to pay the exorbitant price when a set can not be completed in this color. Pink tumblers are the same shape as Lace Edge (Old Colony) tumblers. Coronation tumblers have a band of vertical ribs just above the middle; footed Lace Edge tumblers have vertical ribs that extend upward from the foot to about the middle of the side. Anchor Hocking produced the pink Annapolis pattern in the 1990's with pieces that have a similar ribbed band.
Lace Edge (Old Colony)
-(1935-1938) (Pink; Some Crystal, Green )
The Hocking Glass Company produced this dainty Depression Era Pattern. Like Hocking's Miss America pattern, Lace Edge is one of the most collected Depression Glass patterns. Most of the pieces of this pretty pattern have a dainty open edge with rays in the bottom or feet. The console bowl, vase, sherbets, and candlesticks are among some of the harder to find items. Rare items include the ashtray, compote. Juice tumblers are elusive. As is common with many patterns, more than one name has been associated with this pattern. Many makers merely used numbers to identify patterns in their lines. Often names resulted because wholesalers and resellers found it more convenient to advertise these products with names rather than numbers. Over a period of time various resellers might call a pattern by a different name. An example of this is the ad in our pop out (SEE MORE) where this pattern is identified as "Lace Edge." Gene Florence pictures an ad in some of the later editions of his Depression Glass books that call this pattern "Old Colony." Some new names also originated decades later as collectors and authors made up names for patterns when they could not find original names.
Hocking Mayfair ("Open Rose")
-(1931-1937) (Crystal, Ice Blue, Pink; Some Green, Yellow)
This stunning Depression Era Pattern is perhaps the best selling and most popular pink pattern that was ever produced. The Hocking Glass Company produced this wonderful pattern. It is also the most costly pattern for collectors who are trying to put sets together on the secondary market. If you just want a luncheon set and can do without dinner plates, and other hard to find pieces, a reasonable set can be assembled. There are many lovely accessory items to add to any size set. This is a lovely pattern that consists of a double "Open Rose" and panels. The pattern is sometimes confused with Federal's Sharon or "Cabbage Rose". The two patterns are quite a bit different when actually compared. Many experimental pieces were made in Mayfair and as a result this pattern has more rare and seldom found pieces then many other patterns.
Hocking Old Cafe
-(1936-1940) (Pink, Crystal, Royal Ruby)
The Hocking Glass Company produced this interesting Depression Glass tableware pattern. The pattern is popular today, but the number of items that can be found is limited. Collectors of crystal usually add the Royal Ruby pieces to their collections to add color. Originally, some items were sold with this color combination by Hocking. Old Cafe Royal Ruby cups were sold with crystal saucers and the tab-handled candy has a Royal Ruby lid.
-(1931-1935) (Green, Pink, Yellow; Some Crystal, Blue)
The Hocking Glass Company really knew what they were doing when they designed and marketed this ornate Depression Glass pattern. It was so successful that you can find a complete set in the three main colors (green, pink, and yellow). Princess is one of the top 10 Depression Glass patterns. If you are looking for a simple service, a set of Princess can be completed without breaking your pocket book. However, if you desire a more extensive collection, finding all of the many pieces of Princess will take both time and money. However, the reward will be a breathtaking set of glassware.
Hocking Roulette "Many Windows"
-(Crystal, Green, Pink) (1935-1938)
Hocking offered this luncheon set to retailers to use as promotions from the mid to late 1930's in crystal green and pink. Pitchers and tumblers are plentiful in green and pink and all the colored pieces are relatively easy to find. Crystal pieces are not seen as frequently, but are not sought after by many collectors. There are six sizes of tumblers in green and five in pink. The footed tumbler has not been found in pink. The old fashioned tumbler is probably the hardest piece to find.
-(1928-1930) (Crystal, Green, Fired On Red)
Spiral was an early Hocking Glass Company pattern. Some of the basic shapes used for this pattern (and for Block Optic), were later incorporated into the popular Cameo pattern. This attractive collection was a rather limited offering. The largest plate is an 8" luncheon plate. We have purchased several sets of spiral that used the Hocking Block Optic Grill plate for their dinner. The color matches perfectly and works well because there is no pattern in the middle of the green grills. There were a surprising number of serving and accessory pieces made to go with this set. Included were several styles sugar and creamer sets, a candy, sandwich server, ice bowl, a pitcher and wonderful footed kitchen tumblers as well as two shapes of vases. If you are looking for a great, reasonably priced Depression Glass pattern to help dress up your kitchen area you may want to consider this wonderful set.
- (1930-34) (Crystal, Green, Pink, Yellow; Crystal with Platinum Trim)
Cameo was produced by the Hocking Glass Company which was located in Lancaster, Ohio. This is one of the most collected green Depression Glass patterns. One of the reasons is the whimsical design with the dancing girl in a cameo on several sides of the pieces). Another reason for the popularity is the wide variety of pieces that were made. In addition to a large dinnerware service, many accessory pieces were produced. Serving pieces included, a butter dish. bowls, candlesticks, a mayo, sugar and creamer sets, candies, a cookie jar, domino tray, decanter, cocktail shaker (crystal only), salt and pepper shakers, and serving trays. One of the rarer pieces is the handled sandwich server which is shown above in the Hocking company introduction. Another rare item is the yellow butter dish pictured in the background photo. Experimental pieces include green lamps which were fashioned from the tall sherbet and water goblet. Notice the original label on the milk pitcher. Occasionally, pieces that have been unused are found with an original sticker.
Hocking Colonial ("Knife and Fork")
-(1934-1936) (Crystal, Green, Pink; Some pieces in Vitrock (WMG), Royal Ruby)
This striking, simplistic popular pattern was produced by The Hocking Glass Company. Colonial was a large set. Numerous sizes of goblets, tumblers, plates and bowls may be found in pink, green, and crystal. The is also an abundance of serving pieces to complement the set. With a little effort, complete sets can be fond in crystal and green. Assembling a set in pink is somewhat more difficult. Finding dinner plates, shakers and spooners is not easy in all colors. Very few pieces are found in White Milk Glass. Items in this latter color range from rare, to hard to find. Ruby pitcher and tumblers are known, but these are the only two shapes of this pattern in Royal Ruby to have been found thus far.
-- (1936-1937) (Crystal, Pink)
Fortune is a luncheon set produced by the Hocking Glass Company in crystal and pink. Since crystal pieces are not found very often, pink is the only color that is collectible. There are only 12 different pieces to this pattern. Included are 4 different bowls, a candy dish, cup and saucer, 6" plate, 8" luncheon plate, and 2 sizes of flat tumblers. Luncheon plates are not easy to find.
-(1938-1943) (Crystal, Pink; Some Green, Ruby, and Crystal Iridescent)
The Hocking Glass Company began production of the Deco pattern, Manhattan during the Depression Era. This striking pattern is most often found in crystal, but a fairly complete set of pink may also be found. The tumbler is the only piece found in green and crystal iridescent. The pitcher and inserts are found in Ruby. Pieces are sometimes found with metal ormulu handles or mounts.
Hocking Miss America ("Diamond Pattern")
-Crystal, Pink; Some Green, Jadite and Ruby) (1935-1938)
This Depression Era pattern was among Hocking's most popular pink patterns. The Hocking Glass Company produced this wonderful pattern during the late 1930's. Pink and crystal are the only colors in which entire sets can be collected. There are many lovely accessory items to add to any size set. This pattern is sometimes confused with Westmoreland's English Hobnail pattern. The two patterns are quite a bit different when actually compared. The length of the rays on the bottom of English Hobnail pieces vary to create a six pointed star effect. The rays of the Miss America pieces are uniform and form a perfect circle. Although pieces of Miss America in ice blue, green and Royal Ruby are beautiful, they are found so infrequently that trying to collect these colors is not very practical.
Hocking Oyster and Pearl
-(1938-1940) (Crystal, Pink, Royal Ruby, and Vitrock with Fired on Green and Pink Colors)
The Hocking Glass Company produced Oyster and Pearl. It is a small set that was meant to be used as serving and decorating accessories with dinnerware patterns. This set fits in nicely with Royal Ruby items, or any of Hocking's pink Depression sets. It even has pink, green and blue fired on pieces that go nicely with the Rainbow pattern that Hocking produced.
Hocking Royal Ruby
-(Late 1930s-Early 1940's) (Ruby)
Anchor Hocking's Royal Ruby color was introduced in 1938. Initially, production was limited to the use of existing molds as the company assessed the public's acceptance of this new color. Pieces were made in patterns such as Colonial, Coronation, Manhattan, Miss America, Old Cafe, Oyster and Pearl, Pillar Optic, Queen Mary, Ring and Sandwich. Many of the early examples made in Colonial, Manhattan Miss America and Pillar Optic patterns are not often seen today.
Hocking Queen Mary
-(1936-1949) (Crystal, Pink; Some Royal Ruby)
This pretty vertical ribbed pattern was produced by The Hocking Glass Company. Its longevity is due to the fact that it sold well. A complete set of Queen Mary can be found in both crystal and pink. There is a wide range of available pieces which makes it easy to use and fun to collect. There are two pieces that have been made in Royal Ruby and one in Forest Green. The large round ashtray was made in Royal Ruby and Forest Green and the double branch candlesticks have been found in Royal Ruby. These pieces deserve a mention here, but are generally of interest to either Royal Ruby or Forest Green collectors. At this time, Queen Mary is a pattern that has not been reproduced.
-(1927-1933) (Ruby -Late 1930s) (Crystal, Crystal Decorated; Some Crystal Satin, Green, Mayfair Blue, Pink, Yellow, and Ruby)
Ring is a beautiful pattern comprised of bands of circular molded rings which are spaced evenly around each piece. This pattern was made by the Hocking Glass Company. Ring is most often found in crystal and must have been quite popular because a full crystal set is still easily obtained. Crystal pieces are often found with various multicolored rings. Occasionally pieces may also have hand painted floral designs. Green was also a fairly common color and with some effort a complete set of green ring can be found. Only a few of the ring items were made in pink, yellow, Mayfair Blue, and crystal satin.
-(1938-1944) (Crystal, Pink) (Very limited number of pieces- Amber, Yellow, Vitrock-WMG) (Some Forest Green in the 50s)
The Waterford pattern was produced in great quantities by The Hocking Glass Company. It was reasonably priced, durable, and pretty. The variety of useful pieces produced made this a favorite for use in churches and bazaars. Since many of these institutions are now replacing their dishes, large quantities of Waterford can sometimes be found. Collectors need to be aware that the waffle shaped edges were easily damaged, so check your pieces carefully or know the dealer's reputation before buying this pattern through the mail. The large Forest Green salver was sold in the 1950's. It was also used in a promotion as the base for a relish holding five ivory inserts. Crystal plates and bowls were often used in combination with metal parts to produce interesting serving pieces. Mint cereal bowls are scarce in both crystal and pink. Pink butter dishes and pitchers are not easily found. Rare items include the goblet in the popup window (See More) and Miss America style tumblers and goblets.
Anchor Hocking Tableware Patterns--1940's and Later
- (1940-1965) Bubble full service sets can be found in: ( Sapphire Blue, Crystal, Forest Green, and Royal Ruby) Some pieces have been found in (Amber, Marigold Iridescent, Pink, Jade-ite, and White Milk Glass)
Hocking had great success with this basic circular design of rows of bubbles. The simple design made it easy to blend with other kitchen patterns. Bubble colors were well thought out by the Hocking designers. Both Royal Ruby and Forest Green came in many patterns and shapes. Bubble is easily mixed with any of them. These colors were often used for Christmas season because the colors lent themselves so well to this beautiful time of year. Forest Green and Ruby did scratch easily, so using it a few times a year instead of year round makes good sense to many of today's collectors. These earlier Bubble colors do not take extreme temperature changes well. I can remember taking Royal Ruby plates out of my hot dishwasher and serving ice cream on them. Needless to say several plates cracked. Ruby and crystal Bubble are the only two colors that have flat Bubble patterned tumblers to go with the sets. Sapphire Blue Bubble matches Hocking's Sapphire Blue Fire-king Philbe kitchen items. Not only was the design simple and easy to use, the glassware was virtually indestructible. Both the crystal and Sapphire Blue line were produced and sold as heat resistant glassware. This made these two Bubble colors perfect for using not only in the home, but in restaurants, church and party houses as well. Dinner plates in both Ruby and Forest Green are difficult to find, but they are abundant in crystal and Sapphire Blue. Hard to find Sapphire Blue items include, grill plates, small 4" berry bowls, creamers, and flanged bowls. A simple service of Blue Bubble can be collected inexpensively, however if you need the hard to find items mentioned above you will have to pay a premium to get them.
-(1941-1946) (Crystal / White Opalescent; Some pieces have been found in Green Opalescent, Cranberry Flashed Opalescent, and Other Experimental Colors )
Moonstone was one of Hocking's most loved early to mid 40s patterns. This pattern is often confused with Fenton's French Opalescent Hobnail but the shape of the pieces and the hobs are vastly different. Fenton's hobs are more pointed, while the Moonstone hobs are smoother to the touch and more rounded. There were 22 pieces of Moonstone in the regular line. These can all be found in crystal with white opalescence. For some reason this pattern captured the imagination of many Hocking workers. Many experimental pieces of this pattern can be found. Some of them are unusual colors that were made from the existing 22 molds, while others were made from entirely new molds. All the experimental pieces do have the basic characteristics of Moonstone. The hobs are the same and many of the pieces have a rounded rayed pattern embossed in their base . It seems strange that Hocking made new molds and never mass produced so many of the pieces. Perhaps most of the experimental pieces were created close to the end of Moonstone's production period. Hocking did make a Hobnail white opalescent cologne bottle for Wrisley. It does go well with the Moonstone pattern, but it is not listed with Moonstone because the mold and rights for the bottle were owned by Wrisley.
Hocking Stars and Stripes
The Stars and Stripes pattern was produced by the The Anchor Hocking Glass Company. This pretty pattern was made from a Depression Glass pattern called Queen Mary. The Queen Mary molds were retooled in 1942 and the Stars and Stripes pattern was born. Three pieces of this pattern were made; a tumbler, a luncheon plate, and a sherbet. This pattern was advertised as "A Desert Service In Sparkling Crystal Early American Design." Pieces of this pattern are difficult to find. Tumblers are the most elusive piece.
"FIRE-KING" (Anchor Hocking)
-(1940 - 1976) (Later New Pieces were issued in 2000)
Fire-King was produced by the Anchor Hocking Glass Corp. of Lancaster, Ohio during the years from 1940 until 1976. Anchor Hocking created a formula for glassware that was not heat proof, but so durable that it came with a two year guarantee. They called this line of glassware Fireking. Most pieces are marked, but a few (example: some Royal Ruby) came with paper labels identifying them as part of the Fire-King line. Fire-King came in many colors such as Jade-ite, Sapphire Blue, Turquoise Blue, Milk White, Royal Ruby, Pink and others. Fire-king came with many hand painted decorations from dots to ornate floral patterns. Because of its durability and selection of colors, styles, and patterns, and price this became one of the most popular kitchen dish ware lines in America. In 2000 Fire-King was re-released by Anchor Hocking in Jade-ite. The newer Fire-King pieces have been made from new molds and are not the same as the older Fire-King. The color is the same, but the shapes are different. The newer Fire-King items are stamped with the words "Fire-King 2000".
Excellent reference books on the subject are "A Collectors Guide to Anchor Hocking's Fire-King Glassware" by Garry and Dale Kilgo and Gail Wilkins and also "Anchor Hocking's Fireking & More" by Gene Florence.
Hocking Fire-King "Fish Scale"
-(1939-1943) (1963-1965) (Crystal,Vitrock, Vitrock with Marigold Luster or Red, Blue Trim)
"Fish Scale" was a name given to this pattern by collectors because of the pattern's similarity to scales. The Anchor Hocking Glass Company produced this pretty pattern. Most of the pieces found are plain WMG (Vitrock), or Vitrock trimmed in red or blue. There are very few crystal or luster pieces found.
Hocking Fire-King "Modern Tulip" Range and Bowl Sets
-(1959-1960) (White with Stylized Red and Black Tulip Decoration)
Modern Tulip is a Deco 50s design that is prized by Fire-King collectors. This came as a kitchenware set only, so only mixing bowls, shakers, and a drip jar are the only pieces available. The pattern came with red and black trim, and with red and cobalt trim. Red and cobalt trimmed items are slightly higher in value then red and black due the limited quantities made. Wear to the fired-on decals lessens the value considerably. This is true of all decaled pieces.
Hocking Fire-King Ovenware
-(1941-1956) (Sapphire Blue)
Hocking's practical and very durable Fire-King Sapphire Blue ovenware has been heavily used in kitchens for generations. In addition to basic ovenware shapes, numerous accessory pieces can be found. Some of the harder pieces to find include the "Juice-Saver" pie plate, the dry measuring cup and the nipple cover. A Sunny Susan Glass Baking set using Fire-King Sapphire Blue ovenware pieces was issued for children by the Wolverine Supply and Mfg. Company.
Hocking Forest Green
- (1950-1965) (Dark Green)
Forest Green is a deep green color rather than an Anchor Hocking pattern. Forest Green was introduced in the 1950's and was used with numerous popular patterns including Bubble and Sandwich. It was one of Anchor Hocking's most successful colors of glassware and was made into the mid 1960's.
Hocking Early American Prescut #700 Line "EAPC"
This pattern was produced to recall the days of Early American Pressed Glassware. The pattern is quite popular today because many people who grew up during the 1960s or 70s can remember pieces of it in their homes. Many Early American Prescut pieces were made in the 1960s and 70s. A few pieces such the butter, creamer/ sugar and lid, and vases were made until the late 1990s. This pressed glass pattern which was made by Anchor Hocking was one of their most popular kitchenware patterns. Many of the pieces of Early American Prescut were sold for a very limited time (in some cases only a year). These pieces are quite difficult to find. The cocktail shaker is the most difficult piece to find, followed by the oil lamp. The 11 3/4" paneled bowl, and the 11" plate with swirled dividers are scarce too. There is a bud vase that books for tremendous amount and a sherbet, but few collectors will pay high prices for the smaller pieces in this pattern. Collectors have found a multitude of items that have been fashioned by third party vendors who have combinied these glass pieces with metal embellishments. With few exceptions, pieces of this pattern have a star in the pattern. Hocking made a similar pattern called "Prescut" that does not have the star incorporated into the pattern.
-(1930 - 1980s) (Green, Crystal, Royal Ruby)
Georgian is a pretty pattern. Pieces of Georgian are smooth and blank about two thirds of the way down the item. There is a symmetrical cube like pattern around the base of pieces. Many different companies made a Georgian pattern and they are easily confused. Federal, Fenton, Duncan and Miller, Cambridge, and Viking are only some of the companies that produced this popular pattern. The distinct shape of Hocking's pieces is the easiest way to tell Hocking's Georgian pattern from that of another company. Hocking made many of their Georgian pieces in Royal Ruby.
-(1938-1950's) (Pastel and Deep Fired On Colors over Crystal)
This striking pattern was produced by the The Anchor Hocking Glass Company and used many earlier Depression Glass shapes. Rainbow tableware was a popular seller and many additional pieces in a number of shapes and sizes can be found today. The colors are fired on over a crystal base and consist of four dark and four pastel colors. The dark hues are Blue, Green, Tangerine (red) and Yellow. The lighter pastel colors are Blue, Green Pink and Yellow. Today this type of colorful glassware has again come into its own. Many collectors are having fun displaying this multicolored set with all of the accessory pieces available.
Hocking Fire-King Jane Ray
-(1946 until sometime in early 1965) (Jadite) (Some Amber, Crystal, Ivory, Peach Luster, Vitrock)
Jane Ray in the Jadite color was and still is one of the most popular patterns produced by The Anchor Hocking Glass Company in the Fireking line. This set came in as a full service dinnerware set and can be combined with Fireking's jadite kitchenware. This pattern can be easily recognized by the series of vertical lines running around the top, rim, or sides of Jane Ray pieces. While Jadite is the most popular color, other colors are also sought by avid Fireking collectors.
Hocking Fire-King Shell
-(1965-1976) ( Aurora (mother of pearl), Jade-ite, Peach Lustre, White Milk Glass)
Shell is a pattern that was produced near the end of Hocking's Fire-King production period. This pattern is most often found on the secondary market in White Milk Glass, but Jade--ite is also found fairly often. Much of the White Milk Glass was Gold Decorated on the rim. Also, a large number of the White Milk Glass items were hand-painted and sold as specialty items. Shell is distinguished from Fire-King Swirl by the pattern's scalloped edge. The scalloped edge does not appear on the sugar, creamer, cups or milk pitcher (shown in our photo), but the shapes of these items differ from those of Swirl.
Hocking Fire-King Swirl Tableware
-(1949-1962 (Anchorwhite, Azur-ite, Ivory and Jadeite; )
Some pieces of Anchor Hocking's Swirl tableware pattern may be found with gold decoration or hand painting. Although it is generally inexpensive, Swirl is not one of the most collectible Fire-King patterns. Even the decorated pieces don't seem to attract much attention. The jadite items are seldom found and there are not enough pieces in jadite to make a useable set.
Hocking Fire-King "Tulip" Range and Bowl Sets
-(1953-1958) (Ivory or Milk White with Painted Potted Tulip Decoration)
This colorful potted tulip decoration appeared on white and ivory Fire-King mixing bowls and range sets during the mid 1950's. The "Splash Proof" mixing bowl sets consisted of 4 bowls ranging in size from 6 3/4" wide to 9 1/2" wide. The range sets were comprised of a covered drip jar and salt and pepper shakers.
- (1939-1966; 1977-1993) (Amber, Crystal, Forest Green Some Desert Gold, Ivory, Pink, Royal Ruby and White)
Sandwich was a large pattern with over 40 different pieces available. The basic pieces of the crystal set were made from 1939 until 1966, but a larger version of the cookie jar was released by Anchor Hocking in 1977. This cookie jar was made until 1983. Although many did not want this later cookie jar added to their pattern, some collectors are now taking a second look since it has been discontinued. Putting together 4 or more of these reasonably priced cookie jars, makes an awesome canister set. Sandwich was one of Hocking's most successful patterns. Many pieces were given away as premiums in oatmeal boxes or cereals.
The Forest Green items given away in boxes help to keep the price down on the entire set. The forest green set is by far the most expensive to collect. Dinner plates, pitchers, and serving pieces in this pattern command a premium and are almost impossible to find in good shape. Pink and Royal Ruby items were only made for a very short time. It is amazing that so many bowls are found in both colors considering the production period. Both colors are found primarily in bowls and a full set in these colors cannot be found.
Quite a few pieces of Desert Gold can be found and many people enjoy collecting this pretty color.
Ivory and White colors were limited to a punch set. Sets in both colors can be found with and without gold.
Hocking Royal Ruby
This pretty pattern encompasses more of a color than a pattern. Royal Ruby was introduced in the Depression Era by the Hocking Glass Company (Anchor Hocking). It was one of Hocking's most successful lines of glassware and was made well into the 1960s. This pretty color was used to make many pieces of experimental, Depression Glass in patterns like Miss America, Colonial, and Manhattan. For a complete list of items made during the Depression you will find Gene Florence's book The Collector's Encyclopedia of Depression Glass, a helpful source. For help with items made from the 40s to the 60s Gene's book, Collectible Glassware from the 40s, 50s, and 60s will list pieces from this time period. Royal Ruby is highly collected and those who use it do so without worrying which pieces came from which era.
Hocking Kitchenware, Bar Ware and Miscellaneous Items
Hocking Pillar Optic
-(1937-1942) (Crystal, Pink, Royal Ruby, Green, Decorated with painted rings)
The Hocking Glass Company produced the pretty Pillar Optic pattern from 1937 to 1942. This simple luncheon set with kitchenware additions was made to accompany other colored glassware that Hocking produced. This pattern includes some unusual pieces which include a pretzel jar and handled mugs. There are few actual Depression Glass patterns that incorporate these pieces into their line. Royal Ruby is the hardest color to find. Not all of the pieces were made in Royal Ruby The green, royal ruby and pink have not been re-issued, but crystal flat tumblers were still being made by Anchor Hocking a few years ago. These tumblers were a part of their restaurant line and can be seen in Cracker Barrel restaurants as well as in some others.
Hocking Ribbed Kitchenware
- (1930s) (Green Transparent, Jadeite, Vitrock)
Hocking's ribbed kitchenware was made primarily in transparent green and Vitrock. Another less frequently seen color is a translucent jadite that many collectors call jade clambroth.
Hocking Pinch Line
-(1930s) (Crystal, Green, Crystal, and Ring Decorated)
The pinch line was produced in the 1930s. It was designed to be used as barware, but many kitchen item collectors use it to complement their collection. There are 5 different sized tumblers. A decanter, pitcher, and cocktail shaker with an aluminum lid were also produced. Several different sizes of pinch bottles were made. One of these can be found with a tumbler that fits over the top. This piece is sold as a child's tumble up today. The pinch line can be found in both crystal and green with several different enameled ring decorations.
Hocking Vitrock Kitchenware
This Hocking opaque white color was used for various shapes of tableware and kitchen glassware and various accessory items such as ashtrays, cigarette boxes and candy dishes.