20 Most Valuable Depression Glass Patterns Identification Guide

I often met people looking for vintage Depression Glassware in thrift stores and antique fairs. But when they found the pieces, they couldn’t be sure if it was valuable, mostly because they didn’t know about their patterns!

From simple ribbed designs to intricate floral motifs, Depression Glassware is available in many patterns. But not all of them are equally valuable. Want to know which ones are? Read on as I unfold 20 such cherished depression glass patterns, their values, & much more!

Key Takeaways

  • Iris & Herringbone, Royal Lace, Adam, Cameo, Princess, Cherry Blossoms, and Mayfair are some of the most valuable Depression Glass Patterns. 
  • Depression glass colors produced in limited numbers are highly sought-after by collectors. 
  • Apart from the pattern, the value of a Depression Glass piece depends on its size or set. 
  • Patterns with historical significance can fetch better returns. 

What Makes a Depression Glass Pattern Valuable?

Antique Hand-Hammered Depression Glass

Want to know if your old depression glass patterns are worth a lot of money or not? Look for these features:

  • Short-lived patterns produced for a limited time 
  • More aesthetic appeal 
  • Earlier, aged patterns (especially from the 1920s) 
  • Interesting history of the pattern
  • The brand that introduced the pattern
  • Authentic manufacturer markings or signatures 

20 Valuable Depression Glass Patterns to Find!

Let’s take a look at the 20 most unique and priceless Depression Glass Patterns you can add to your collection now!

1. Cameo (Ballerina or Dancer) Depression Glass 

This extremely popular depression glass pattern is made of a unique design, showing a silhouette of a dancing girl with swirling veils at the pattern’s center. It’s because of this design, it’s called Ballerina or Dancing Girl glass.

More Features of the Cameo Glassware: 

  • A mold-etched pattern featuring tiny pearls 
  • Authentically comes in full-size depression pieces
  • Features a platinum trim on some items

Popular Items with This Pattern: Plates, Bowls, Pitchers, Tumblers, Platters, Bread Plates, Candy Dishes, Sherbets, Ice Buckets, etc. 

Estimated Cost (Single Pieces)$10 – $300
Brand/MakerHocking Glass Co.
Manufacturing Year1930 – 1934
Glass ColorsGreen, Yellow, Pink (rarest)

2. Royal Lace Depression Glass Pattern

Hazel Atlas’s Royal Lace pattern features a beautiful repeated floral design with a lacey outer design. With its rarity and popularity, the Royal Lace Depression Glassware is highly sought-after by collectors today!

Key Features of the Royal Lace Pattern: 

  • A repeating series of three roses in a triangular shape on all panels
  • A lacy contour around the roses with detailed floral designs and motifs
  • Often displays a panel design on the walls of the glassware

Popular Items with This Pattern include saucers, Bowls, Plates, Tea Cups, Cookie Jars, Tumblers, Pitchers, Sugar Dishes, and Salt and pepper Shakers. 

Estimated Cost $100 – $500
Brand/MakerHazel Atlas
Manufacturing Year1934 -1941
ColorPink, Green, Clear, Blue (valuable)

3. American Sweetheart Pattern (R-Pattern) Depression Glass

This depression glass pattern, introduced by MacBeth-Evans Glass Co., can be identified with its detailed scrollwork featuring tiny lacy swirls forming the shape of a heart!

It’s commonly found in Monax, a thin whitish glass (not milk glass), but can also be found in pink and a rarer color, ruby red.

Key Features of the R-Pattern: 

  • An intricate mold-etched design, including small lacy swirls
  • Dessert sets with this pattern also come in clear crystal, ruby red & blue glass
  • A feminine-looking design with scalloped or ruffled edges in most pieces

Popular Items with This Pattern: Plates, Bowls, Sugar & creamer Sets, Saucers, Salt & Pepper Sets, Pitchers, Tumblers, Dessert Sets (in red, blue, clear glass), etc. 

Estimated Cost $20 – $800
Brand/MakerMacBeth-Evans Glass Co.
Manufacturing Year1930 – 1936
Glass ColorsPale Pink, Translucent White (Monax)

4. Princess Depression Glass Pattern

The Hocking Glass Co. Depression pattern will display intricate, detailed scrolled work merged with some geometric designs with squares and circles. You can commonly find it in pink and green colors, while yellow and blue are rarer!

More Features of the Princess Pattern: 

  • A ribbed design with vertical ribs or panels on the walls or circumference 
  • Smooth & plain edges of the glassware
  • Features various floral or geometric scrolls & motifs 

Popular Items with This Pattern: Plates, Bowls, Candy Dishes, Pitchers, Tumblers, etc. (Cup, Cookie Jars, Grill Plates, Saucers, or Sherbet Plates also in Blue)

Estimated Cost (Single Pieces)$10 – $100
Brand/MakerHocking Glass Co. 
Manufacturing Year1931 – 1935
Glass ColorsPink, Green, Apricot, Yellow/Topaz & Blue (rare)

5. Cherry Blossom Depression Glass

As the name suggests, the Cherry Blossom pattern can be spotted by delicate, detailed, and realistic cherry blossom, leaf, and branch motifs. These designs are beautifully etched or molded onto the glassware, looking perfectly smooth!

Key Features of the Cherry Blossom Glass: 

  • Realistic appearance of leaves with rough sawtooth edges & uneven veins 
  • The cherry motif looks like a rounded 3-D look instead of a flat circle
  • Most pieces feature a scalloped or ruffled edge

Popular Items with This Pattern: Salt and Pepper Shakers, Bowls, Plates, Candy Dishes, Cake Stands, Cups, Saucers, Serving Sets, Creamers, etc. 

Estimated Cost $15 – $250
Brand/MakerJeannette Glass Company
Manufacturing Year1930-1939 
ColorClear, Green, Pink, Opaque Blue (Delphite), Opaque Green (Jadite), Red, Yellow, Light Green 

6. Adam Depression Glass Pattern 

Introduced by Jeannette Glass Company in the early 1930s, this special Adam Depression glass pattern features intricate mold-etched floral cuts and is available in pink, green, and rarely in blue depression glassware.

More Features of the Adam Pattern: 

  • Ribbed edges and walls
  • A paisley-like swirl design at the center of the glassware 
  • Mostly featured on squarish items or items with square collars or wide rims

Popular Items with This Pattern: Casseroles, Pitchers, Bowls, Luncheon Plates, Cups, Saucers, Dinner Plates, etc. 

Estimated Cost (Single Pieces)$5 – $130
Brand/MakerJeannette Glass
Manufacturing Year1932 – 1934
Glass ColorsBlue, Pink, Green

7. Doric and Pansy Pattern Depression Glass

This unique Depression Glass pattern displays a checkerboard-like design along with some soft and pretty floral designs. This pattern can be found in my translucent colors, pink and green being the most common.

Unique Features of the Doric Pattern: 

  • Displays detailed Greek Doric columns or panels along the walls/circumference of the pieces
  • Decorated by delicate pansy flower motifs 
  • Features thick ribs 

Popular Items with This Pattern: Plates, Bowls, Tumblers, Serving Pieces. Cups & Saucers, Creamers, Salt & Pepper Shakers, etc. 

Estimated Cost (Single Pieces)$5 – $100
Brand/MakerJeannette Glass
Manufacturing Year1935-1938 
ColorClear, Pink, Teal Blue, Green, Yellow, White

8. Mayfair Depression Glass Pattern

The Mayfair Art Deco sophistication and floral elegance! It flaunts its iconic “open rose” design surrounded by intricate leaf motifs.

Key Features of the Mayfair Pattern: 

  • Ribbed frame 
  • Mostly comes on squarish items with the corners cut and slightly scalloped edges.
  • Features a flat edge in most plates & bowls

Popular Items with This Pattern: Cookie Jars, Plates, Goblets, Candy Dishes, Bowls, Vases, Pitchers, Salt & Pepper Shakers, etc.

Estimated Cost (Single Pieces)$10 – $250 (sets can cost up to $800)
Brand/MakerHocking Glass Co.
Manufacturing Year1931 – 1937
ColorBlue, Pink, Green, Yellow

Blue Mayfair is the most sought-after by glassware collectors.

9. Georgian (Love Birds) Depression Glass Pattern

A popular mold-etched pattern by Federal Glass Company, the Georgian pattern is known for its alternate design of lovebirds sitting in fruit trees and baskets or vases. This pattern mostly comes in green and amber colors.

Key Features of the Georgian Glassware: 

  • Visible swags connecting the birds & basket panels
  • Features a band with floral motifs near the edge
  • Intricate leaves & fruit motifs around the birds & baskets
  • A medallion design in the center of the pattern

Popular Items with This Pattern: Sherbet Cups & Saucers, Creamer & Sugar Sets, Butter Dishes, Bowls, Plates, Serving Sets, etc. 

Estimated Cost (Single Pieces)$10 – $125
Brand/MakerFederal Glass Co.
Manufacturing Year1931 – 1936
ColorClear, Green, Blue, Amber

10. Aurora Pattern Depression Glass

Hazel Atlas Glass’s Aurora Depression Glass looks quite simple, with its plain, ribbed, or vertical panels running along the sides of the glassware items.

More Features of the Aurora Glassware: 

  • Features smooth edges & a clean body 
  • Geometrical touch with straight ribbed bodies

Popular Items with This Pattern: Plates, Cups & Saucers, Bowls, Salt & Pepper Shakers, etc.

Estimated Cost (Single Pieces)$5 – $50
Brand/MakerHazel Atlas Glass Co. 
Manufacturing YearLate 1930s
ColorBlue, Pink, Green

11. Dogwood Depression Glass 

MacBeth-Evan’s Dogwood Depression glass features an all-over pattern of beautiful acid or abrasive etched Dogwood blossoms and branches. Among pink, green, & amber glass, the green ones are rare and valuable.

Key Traits of the Dogwood Glassware: 

  • Delicate & thin glass with smooth rounded corners
  • Textured/stippled background

Popular Items with This Pattern: Plates, Cups & Saucers, Bowls, Juice Glasses, Serving Platters, Sherbet Bowls, etc. 

Estimated Cost (Single Pieces)$5 – $100
Brand/MakerMacBeth-Evans Glass Co.)
Manufacturing Year1930 – 1932
ColorPink, Green, Amber

12. Horseshoe Depression Glass Pattern

Originally named by Indiana Glass Company as “No. 612,” this glass pattern displays a prominent semi-circular design, looking like a horseshoe. This pattern looks quite intricate with its small molded motifs!

Features of the Horshoe Pattern: 

  • Beautiful floral and leave motifs, scrolls, & swags around the horseshoe design
  • Rounds drops on the horseshoe design for a realistic look

Popular Items with This Pattern: Plates, Bowls, Creamers, Tumblers, Compotes.

Estimated Cost (Single Pieces)$5 – $80
Brand/MakerIndiana Glass Company 
Manufacturing Year1930 – 1933
ColorGreen, Yellow, Clear, Pink (very rare)

13. Iris & Herringbone Pattern 

As the name suggests, Jeanette Glass’s Iris and Herringbone pattern flaunts a central design of pretty Iris flower motifs against a chevron-like Herringbone background. Initially made in crystal, some rare pieces can be found in pink and green as well.

Features of the Iris Depression Glass: 

  • Acid-etched (frosted) background with tiny vertical ribs/lines forming a Herringbone pattern
  • Raised motifs of Iris blossoms & leaves
  • Often features plain/clear scalloped or ruffled edges 

Popular Items with This Pattern: Butter Dishes, Plates, Tumbler Glasses, Bowls, Cups & Saucers, Goblets, etc.

Estimated Cost (Single Pieces)$10 – $100
Brand/MakerJeanette Glass Co.
Manufacturing Year1928 – 1942
ColorCrystal Clear, Amber, Green, Pink (rare)

14. Cubist Depression Glass Pattern 


This pattern can be easily spotted by its all-over design featuring uniform squares or cubes. The geometric pattern is raised and angular, looking like cut gemstone facets!

Features of the Cube Glass Pattern: 

  • Uniform horizontal bands running from top to bottom around the sides
  • Raised squarish patterns giving a 3-D look

Popular Items with This Pattern: Butter Dishes, Bowls, Glasses, Pitchers, Cake Trays, Plates, Cups & Saucers, Sherbet Cups, etc. 

Estimated Cost (Single Pieces)$10 – $90
Brand/MakerJeannette Glass Co.
Manufacturing Year1929 – 1933 
ColorWhite (Crystal), Green, Pink, Amber

15. Sharon or Cabbage Rose Pattern

You can identify Federal Glass’s Sharon depression glass with its beautiful large, embossed hybrid cabbage roses. Besides, this pattern also displays floral and leaf motifs on the panels.

More Features of the Sharon Depression Glass: 

  • Detailed mold-etched floral motifs 
  • Ribbed vertical panels along the sides with smooth edges 

Popular Items with This Pattern: Bowls, Tumblers, Dinner Plates, Cup & Saucers, Butter Dishes, Platters, Pitchers, etc. 

Estimated Cost (Single Pieces)$10 – $70
Brand/MakerFederal Glass Co. 
Manufacturing Year1935 – 1939
ColorClear, Amber (Golden Glow), Pink (Rose Glow), Green (Springtime Green)

16. Queen Mary Depression Glass Pattern 

Introduced by Hocking Glass Company after the coronation of Queen Mary, this pattern features strong vertical ribbed arches around the sides and the bottom.

More Features of the Sharon Depression Glass: 

  • Stronger & more pointed triangular-shaped ribs 
  • Ribs ending on top & bottom in points 

Popular Items with This Pattern: Dessert Bowls, Juice Glasses, Plates, Cup & Saucers, Butter Dishes, Pictures, etc. 

Estimated Cost (Single Pieces)$5 – $70
Brand/MakerHocking Glass Company
Manufacturing Year1936 – 1948
ColorCrystal, Pink, Ruby Red (rare)

Other Popular Depression Glass Patterns:

Besides the above valuable patterns featured on depression glassware, you can also find the following patterns in the market

17. Pineapple & Floral Pattern: Featuring sharp pineapple cuts at the center (or at the bottom) and intricate floral patterns on the sides.

18. Poinsettia Pattern: Displays an all-over design of Poinsettia flower motifs.

19. Patrician or Spoke Pattern: A wagon wheel-like design at the center and a triple lacy pattern on the rim.

20. Moderntone Depression Glass Pattern: Horizontal bands running along the height of the piece.

If you love collecting glassware, the exquisite pieces of the Depression Era, as well as antique cut glass pattern pieces, are the first things to look for. Some of these patterns can fetch over $500 for single pieces; well, such is their popularity and charm! 

Judith Miller
Judith Miller

Judith is an antique expert with nearly 20 years of experience in the field of antique identification and valuation. She has reviewed over 30 thousand vintage items and has worked with numerous antique shops. She enjoys seeing new places, attending antique shows and events, and sharing her knowledge with people! Know more about me

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