My great- grandmother lived with my Mama and her family as she was growing up. My Mama loved her so much and spoke of her with love and affection. She had a hard life, but clearly rose above all the hardships she endured. I never met her, but feel greatful for the love she showered on my Mama and my aunts and uncles. This cream and sugar set would be carried up to my great- grandmother for her tea. I also have her blue lustre tea set that she used for many years. I feel my love of tea must have come from her.
My sister's friend knew I loved depression glass and gave me her mother-in-laws depression glass. I've found pieces in antique shops as well as gifts from family members have rounded out my collection as it fills this curio cabinet. My cabinet has a mirror behind to reflect the glass, but makes it quite difficult to photograph!
Depression glass is not a fine glass. Basically it's a pressed glass. It was given as incentives to buy a product or attend a movie during the depression. When one attended a movie during this era, it is said that as everyone was leaving the show you could hear the glass breaking as patrons left the theater--forgetting they had glass in their laps. Some gas stations gave away pieces with an oil change. Quaker Oats put pieces in their boxes of oats -- also some detergent companies had pieces in their boxes.
I removed some of the pieces from the cabinet so you could see them better.
There were many different patterns and manufacters of depression glass. I do not collect any particular company or pattern. It's fun to set a table with all this beautiful glass. Won't you come to tea?