Anchor Hocking Moonstone Pattern Glass
Anchor Hocking Moonstone Pattern 1941-1946
Anchor Hocking Moonstone pattern Depression glass is a very popular collectible. The prices are generally affordable, and it is common enough that it can be found in thrift stores, garage sales, as well as in many antique shops.
Anchor Hocking manufactured the distinctive Moonstone pattern from 1941 through 1946. This pattern is easily identified by the clear hobnails and the milky, or opalescent, edge. It was produced in the first five years of the newly consolidated Anchor Hocking Company, which had begun to manufacture glass for the home in 1937. The opacity, or milkiness, comes from adding ash or tin oxide during the firing process.
Estimated Value of Moonstone Pieces
Collecting Anchor Hocking Moonstone is satisfying for not only the look of the items but the way that they feel. Collectors that are fall in love with this particular pattern usually end up wanting more. Each piece has both to opalescent whitish edge and the clear hobnail pattern.
Some of the pieces available and their estimated values are:
- Sandwich plates- Moonstone sandwich plates are about 10 3/4" across with a scalloped edge. Price ranges from $13.00-15.00, although I have seen them as high as $35.00 each.
- Berry Bowl-The berry bowl is a shallow bowl that is about 5 ½ inches across. It comes in both a plain and a scalloped edge. The plain bowl is currently valued at $22.00-25.00, while the crimped edged bowl is listed for 15.00 but I found them easily on ebay for under $5.00.
- The Open Sugar and Creamer, pictured, are perfect for a dainty tea. These diminutive pieces are under 4 inches tall, with the creamer measuring at 3.5" tall and the sugar measuring in at 3.25" tall. Because this is a set you will most often find one or the other, rarely will you be lucky enough to find both. A single piece can be purchased for under $5.00; however the set will be about $20.00 to $25.00
- The 10 ounce, Anchor Hocking Moonstone footed goblets can be found for about $20.00 each. They are a beautiful addition to any collection. Tea cups without saucers will set you back about $10.00 each.
- Relish dishes come in various types and sizes. One of the most popular is the tri-sectioned "clover dish". This particular piece runs about $10.00.
Besides tableware Anchor Hocking produced Moonstone bud vases, cigarette cases, powder, or "puff" containers, perfume decanters and several sizes and types of candle holders.
- The oblong Moonstone cigarette case made with a covered top is not too easy to find, but if you do, expect to pay around $10.00 for it.
- A 6" tall capped vanity bottle is valued at approximately $20.00.
Displaying Anchor Hocking Moonstone Glass
Always check carefully for imperfections because these decrease the value of the glass. Run your fingers around the rim and under the lid to check for tiny chips. Look carefully for hairline cracks. Are the hobnails all intact or are some chipped off? Ask questions! This is especially true if you are buying off of the internet. Never assume anything.
Display your Anchor Hocking Moonstone collection behind glass if possible. Dust catches easily in the hobnails and causes the beauty of the glass to be diminished. Wash the glass as needed in a gentle, eco-friendly soap solution and rinse thoroughly. To guard the fragile glass more, keep towel at the bottom of the sink to cushion it against the hard sink surface and guard against chipping.
Most of all enjoy it for the beautiful collectible that it is.
Collecting Depression Glass
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