The Moonglow pattern was produced by the Federal Glass Company of Columbus, Ohio. While Gene Florence lists its production date as circa 1974, an image of a grocery store display from 1968 shows it was in production in the late 1960’s. Florence’s Ovenware book also depicts an advertisement from 1976, so we at least know the pattern was in production from 1968-1976.
All pieces in this pattern are marked with a capital F in a shield, which stands for the Federal Glass Company. This is often mistaken to mean Fire King by those who don’t know much about glass. The Federal Glass Company was founded in 1900, in Columbus, Ohio and is one of the best known Depression Glass manufacturers. The pattern came in two colors – Moonglow (iridescent; line #113) and Greenbrier (iridescent with green edge; line #116).
Moonglow is difficult to find in good condition. Its production coincides with the advent of dishwashers becoming common place in homes. These abrasive detergents destroyed the finish on many of these pieces of glass.
Jonathan Fuhrman first started collecting the pattern after purchasing a piece of iridescent Fire King Shell from a fellow club member about 10 years ago. When this pattern proved to be too difficult to find and expensive, he started collecting Moonglow.
The pattern has 11 pieces in the set:
- 7 5/8” Salad plate
- 10” Dinner plate
- 6 3/8” Soup bowl
- 4 7/8” Dessert bowl
- Cup / Saucer
- Sugar with Lid
- 11 ¼” Chop plate
- 8 ½’ Vegetable bowl