The tablesettting at our October 2014 meeting was the 3400 line in amber by the Cambridge Glass Company, presented by Jonathan Fuhrman. The line first appeared in the 1930 catalog, and continued to be used until the factory closed in 1958. It is considered to be “elegant glass” – higher quality glass of the depression era that was either blown or molded and then fire-polished to remove seams.
The word line or blank refers to the general shape of the glass. Lines/blanks have similar consistencies between various pieces within the set. The 3400 line can be recognized by the scalloped edges and curved lines that divide most pieces into four quadrants. Most elegant glass companies produced the vast majority of their patterns on less than a dozen different blanks. Once collectors learn those shapes, they can quickly identify a piece of glass as being made by Cambridge, Heisey, Fostoria, etc. even if they don’t know the name of a particular etched pattern.
The Cambridge Glass Company produced the 3400 line in 17 different colors, with over 200 different items – including a full dinnerware table service and a variety of serving pieces. They also used the blank to etch 15 different patterns onto the glass including Apple Blossom, Candlelight, Cleo, Diane, Rose Point, and Wildflower.
The only known reproductions of this pattern were made by the Summit Art Glass Company in 1997 – a 5 piece Almond set (serving bowl and 4 individual nut cups) using original Cambridge molds.
Jonathan started collecting this pattern about 10 years ago when he acquired a luncheon service for 8 at a garage sale for a mere $20!
As stunning as this glass looks in a picture, it is even more amazing to see in person! All are welcome to attend the Michigan Depression Glass Society’s monthly meetings in Livonia, Michigan. Click here for more information about the meetings.