Major lines of depression or elegant glass that were produced over many decades are notorious for having hundreds of different pieces in the pattern. Examples include Cambridge’s Rose Point, Imperial’s Candlewick, and Fostoria’s American. There might be 15 or 20 different styles of vases, or items designed for a very specific purpose like marmalade jars or a hair pin box. You may wonder why so many different pieces were produced.
When a glassware line was in production for twenty years or more like the above mentioned patterns, glass manufacturers had to keep introducing new products so there were new pieces to buy the lady of the house for Christmas, birthdays, anniversaries, and other special occasions. Mom already has the regular pitcher….but she doesn’t have the iced tea pitcher! New product introductions are what kept the momentum going for a pattern and made it viable for such long periods of time.
It is quite surprising to think that a pattern could be in production for so long when you look at today’s trends where you might not find the same dish in a store later in the same year, let alone several years from now. Thankfully, since our favorite patterns of yesteryear were produced for so many decades, we can collect this graceful and elegant glass with ease and enjoy the thrill of the hunt for the harder-to-find pieces.