Monday, March 11, 2013

J is for Jadeite

Jadeite - that quintessential Depression Glassware - continues to have strong modern appeal.  It came into fashion as a durable and inexpensive alternative to fine china, with its opaque milky green color easily identifiable.  Although Jeanette Glass (1898-1983) is credited with naming Jadeite, several companies produced it including McKee Glass (1853-1951) with its Laurel pattern dinnerware and Anchor Hocking Glass Company with its Fire-King line.  Anchor Hocking actually became the largest producer of heat resistant 'Jade-ite' known as Restaurant Ware from 1950-1956. The simple design, which includes those thick-rimmed 'cheater mugs' still popular in diners today, is timeless.  Due to its sheer abundance, Jadeite pieces can be easily found and purchased fairly inexpensively.  The color graces any decor and has a way of making you smile.  
                                                                                                                           Happy Hunting!     


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