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Hocking Glass Patterns and Shapes
Depression Glass Patterns

Block Optic - (1929-1933) Block Optic is stunning in its simplicity. This pattern was made by the Hocking Glass Company.

Block Optic was one of Hocking's best selling patterns. Block Optic comes in crystal, green, pink, and yellow. Rarely found colors include clambroth green, blue, and amber. Many of the pieces made are the same shape as another Hocking pattern called Cameo.

Cameo - (1930-34) (Crystal, Green, Pink, Yellow) - 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 (click on the bowl to the left for a close-up pattern shot). Another reason for the popularity is the wide variety of pieces that were made.
Circle - (1930s) (Crystal, Green, Pink, Some Crystal Decorated) - Circle got its name from the row of horizontal lines which encircle the center of each piece. This pattern was produced by The Hocking Glass Company . The style is simple and there is no dinner plate available. However, a 10" sandwich plate can be found and many collectors use it as a dinner plate. The large pitcher was made to use with one of the standard Hocking reamer tops. This piece is collected by both Circle collectors and Reamer collectors.

Colonial - (1934-1936) (Crystal, Green, Pink, Vitrock(WMG), Royal Ruby) - This striking and very popular pattern was produced by The Hocking Glass Company . The pattern was popular for its simplicity of style. Colonial was a large set and various goblets, tumblers, candies, and serving pieces may be found in pink, green, and crystal. Very few pieces are found in White Milk Glass. This color ranges from rare, to hard to find. A ruby pitcher and tumbler have been found, but these are the only two shapes of this pattern in Royal Ruby to have been found thus far.
Coronation- (1936-1940) (Crystal, Green, Pink, Royal Ruby) - The Hocking Glass Company produced this attractive pattern. The only full set to be found is in pink. Coronation is a pretty set to collect as a luncheon set. Handled bowls, luncheon plates, sherbets, and cups with saucers are easy to find in pink, and they are very reasonable in price. Even tumblers can be found in pink if you are willing to pay the price. The only items available in Royal Ruby three sizes of bowls that comprise a berry set. This set is a nice addition to a Royal Ruby Collection, and like the pink items listed above, these pieces are economically priced. Green pieces are scarce. They are priced out of sight and I can't imagine anyone willing to pay the exorbitant price when a set can not be completed.
Floragold- (1950s)(Crystal and Iridescent, Some Some Shell Pink Milk glass) One of The Jeannette Glass Company's most popular 1950s patterns. This lovely pattern was a full service dinnerware set. Most pieces of Floragold were mass produced and reasonably priced, but some items such as the cereals, ice teas, and vase were sold as extra pieces. These pieces were higher priced originally and not as many purchased them for their sets. They are harder to find as a result. Jeannette also experimented with this pattern and produced several pieces never put into the regular line. These pieces include a several compotes and a seldom seen butter dish. These pieces when found command a very high price.
"Lace Edge" Old Colony - (1935-1938) (Pink, Crystal, Green ) The Hocking Glass Company produced this stunning Depression Era Pattern. Like Miss America ; Old Colony is one of the most collected Depression Glass patterns. This pretty pattern has a dainty open edge on most of the pieces with rays in the bottom or feet. Rare items in Old Colony include the ashtray, compote, and juice tumblers. The console bowl, vase, sherbets, and candlesticks are among some of the hard to find items.
Manhattan -(1938-1943) (Pink, Crystal, Green, Ruby, Iridized)

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 iridescent. The pitcher and inserts are found in Ruby. Pieces are sometimes found with metal ormulu handles or mounts.

Mayfair "Open Rose"-(1931-1937) (crystal, ice blue, green, pink, and 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 for collectors. If you just want a luncheon set and can do without dinner plates, a reasonable set can be put together. 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.
Miss America "Diamond Pattern"-(1935-1938) (crystal, ice blue, green, pink, jade-ite and Royal Ruby) 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.
Moonstone - (1941-1946) (Crystal / White Opalescent, Crystal/ Green Opalescent, Cranberry Flashed Opalescent, 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.

Old Cafe - (1936-1940) (Pink, Crystal, Royal Ruby) The Hocking Glass Company produced this stunning Depression Glass pattern. This 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.
Oyster and Pearl - (1938-1940) (Crystal, Pink, Royal Ruby, and Vitrock Fired on Colored Pieces) 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.
Pillar Optic- (1937-1942) (Crystal, Pink, Royal Ruby, Green) The Hocking Glass Company produced the pretty Pillar Optic pattern from 1937 to 1942. This simple kitcheware pattern 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.
Princess - (1931-1935) (Crystal, Blue, Green, Pink, Yellow) 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.
Queen Mary- (1936-1949) (Crystal, Pink) 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. 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.
Royal Ruby- This pretty pattern is really more a color then 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.
Spiral (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.

Waterford (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 quanities 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 dealers reputation before buying this pattern through the mail. RARE items include the goblet shown at the left, and the Miss American style tumblers and goblets.

40s - 50s and 60s Glassware

Bubble - (1940-1965) 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 the Christmas season because the colors lent themselves so well to this beautiful time of year. Forest Green and Royal Ruby 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 pattern tumblers to go with the sets. Sapphire Blue Bubble matches Hocking's Sapphire Blue Fire-king Philbe kitchen items. Not only is the design simple and easy to use, the glassware is virtually indestructible. Both the crystal and Sapphire Blue line was 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.  

Early American Prescut 700 Line (EAPC) (1960-1999) This pattern was produced to recall the days of Early American Pressed Glassware. This pattern is quite popular today because most of us from the 1960s or 70s can remember pieces of it in our homes. Most Early American Prescut was made in the 60s 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 kitchen 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 small pieces in this pattern.
Anchor Hocking's "FIRE-KING"

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 Fire-King. 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 pieces have been made from new molds and are not the same as the older Fire-King items. They are also stamped "Fire-King, 2000." Excellent reference books on the subject are:

"Anchor Hocking's Fireking & More"by Gene Florence.

And

"A Collectors Guide to Anchor Hockings Fire.King Glassware" by Garry and Dale Kilgo and Jerry & Gail Wilkins

Fish Scale- (1939-1943) (1963-1965 (Crystal, Luster, Vitrock, Vitrock with Red and 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.

Modern Tulip- Modern Tulip is a Deco 50s design that is prized by Fireking 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 quanities made. Wear to the fired-on decals lessens the value considerably. This is true of all decaled pieces.

Fire-king Jane Ray- (1946 until sometime in the early 19565)(Amber, Crystal, Ivory,Jade-ite, Peach Luster, Vitrock) Jane Ray in the Jade-ite color was and still is one of the most popular patterns produced byThe Anchor Hocking Glass Company in the Fire-king line. This set came in as a full service dinnerware set and can be combined with Fire-kings jade-ite kitchenware. This pattern can be easily reconized by the seriers of vertical lines running around the top, rim, or sides of Jane Ray pieces. . While Jade-ite is the most popular color, other colors are sought by avid collectors.
Poinsetta /Poppy- This pretty hand-painting is found with several variations. Sometimes the petals are pointed and there are fewer of them. I believe this was meant to be a Poinsettia design. The custard cup shown has rounded leaves with a pretty yellow center. This may be a Poppy pattern. At any rate it is all listed at this point as Poinsettia. This pretty pattern can be found on many custard and ivory Fire-king items, including casseroles. This pretty kitchen pattern certainly adds a splash of color to any kitchen area.
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.
Rainbow- (1938 until sometime in the early 1950s)(Pastel and Deep Fired On Colors) This striking pattern was produced by the The Anchor Hocking Glass Company. This pretty pattern used many earlier Depression Glass shapes. Rainbow was a popular seller and many pieces in a number of shapes and sizes can be found today. Today this tableware has again come into its own. Many collectors are having fun displaying this colorful set with all of the accessory pieces available.
Stars and Stripes- (1942)(crystal only) 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.
Kitchenware and Barware
Anchor Hocking (Hocking)
Vitrock Yellow - (1930s). This beautiful pattern of Depression Era kitchen glassware was produced by the Hocking Glass Company. It was most likely an attempt to compete with McKee's yellow milk glass line of kitchenware. There were quite a few pieces made in this color, however it must have had a very short production span because it is seldom found. Pieces know to exist are mixing bowls, a four cup measure, leftovers in both round and square shapes, shakers, and a canister set. Finding pieces in this color is difficult, but well worth the effort.