When I posted about Cambridge Glass on my blog last week, it seemed to interest many of my readers. Lorrie, who is so nice, wrote up the following for me about Cambridge and Heisey glass to share with you:
These glass companies were in business during the 30s and 40s; they are known for producing what is classified as "elegant" glass - superior in quality to "depression" glass. Both of these designations are on e-bay under "pottery and glass." Cambridge glass pieces often have a hallmark on the bottom which is a "c" inside a triangle. Heisey glass usually has a hallmark of a "H" inside a diamond.Thank you so much Lorrie for the lesson on Cambridge and Heisey Glass! The only bad thing is that we may all be bidding against each other on eBay now!!!
There's lots of both out there, but it helps to focus your collection efforts on a particular pattern - it helps limit the frustration level associated with being a passionate collector! Also, smaller pieces often command higher prices because they are usually more fragile and therefore they broke easier than their larger counterparts.
One place that would be a good place for novice collectors to start is to read books on the subject, and there are many. Barnes and Noble has an entire section dedicated to antiques and collecting. If money for books is an issue, they can check their local library to see if they have books on collecting. I have developed a personal library of books about the various items I collect - thus I have yet another collection - books, lots of books!! See, one thing leads to another!!!
One book I would recommend is "Florence's Glassware Pattern Identification Guide." It's a great way to educate ourselves about the numerous glass makers/patterns/styles of glass. It's available on Amazon.
Ok, class resumes later...ready for an exam?