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Anchor Hocking Moonstone Pattern Glass

Updated on February 5, 2013
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Marye Audet-White is an internationally known food writer, food editor for Texas Living, cookbook author, and food blogger.

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.

(c)MaryeAudet2008 MoonStone Sugar and Creamer, circa 1941-1946.
(c)MaryeAudet2008 MoonStone Sugar and Creamer, circa 1941-1946.

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.

(c)MaryeAudet 2008 MoonStone Berry Bowl, plain edge
(c)MaryeAudet 2008 MoonStone Berry Bowl, plain edge

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.

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      Sissy 6 years ago

      I have several moonstone pieces I would like to sell. Need help with value and possible buyer. Have a larger pitcher, small flower vase, large server on stand. Please advise.

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      jojoluvsjon 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      beautiful glass and informative hub! will be tweeting it!

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      Antique Glass Bottles 8 years ago

      Very nice hubpage.Article is great, very informative.

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      Evolving1 9 years ago from United States

      Nice Hub Mary!

      I've always enjoyed seeing this style of glassware, but never knew the history behind it. Thanks for sharing. ;-)

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      RUTHIE17 9 years ago

      Marye--very nice Hub.  I collected Iris and Herringbone as well as Fenton Blue and Cranberry Hobnail for years and had a large amount of both.  Downsized and sold almost all of it a couple of years back.  Depression glass on the whole is getting harder to find but the prices are going up really slowly any more.  Maybe no one wants it much any more.

      You're also correct about it being a "cheap" glassware.  My Mom said she bought it at the Dime Store.  I can remember her getting a Wheat pattern dishware in soap boxes and trading pieces with the ladies in the neighborhood, buying a piece a time at the Supermarket of other patterns and getting a set of faux cut-glass tumblers and sherbets with peanut butter in them that she used for "good" for years.

      How about the Smiley Pig or the Red Riding Hood cookie jars that almost everyone had? Those are worth a pretty penny now for once being "cheap".

      Some good memories!

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      Marye Audet 9 years ago from Lancaster, Texas

      Solar I am glad you enjoyed it.

      Story- I sure would like to have more.

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      Barbara 9 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Lovely stuff. I'd like to purchase this instead of sell it!

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      solarshingles 9 years ago from london

      I like the video. Lady reminds me to my late great untie, who was also a collector of china, crystal glass and depression glass, as well. Thank you for this hub!

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      Marye Audet 9 years ago from Lancaster, Texas

      ITG- I love the Moonstone especially. I am very tactile and hobnail glass intrigues me, but the opalescence of the moonstone is my very favorite! It is beautiful. My mom did not care for it either for the same reasons as your mil! LOL.

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      In The Doghouse 9 years ago from California


      I loved the video but beg to differ with your expert, not everyone loves Depression glass. I have a very extensive collection of it and can set a table of 8 or more with it. My mother-in-law who lived through the Depression itself, hated it when I used it. She always considered it to be "cheap" unlike the costly China or other more prestigious table settings, because it was given away "free". I had to chuckle at that thought because it is quite valuable now! lol My friends love it when I set the table using it... it is unique and different. I have collected it for over 25 years, each year it gets harder to find. It is a great collection to start for any would be collectors out there. I do have some pieces of the Moonstone glass but not as big of a collection. Great Hub, I always love to learn about this cool glassware.