By: Jonathan Fuhrman
It always astonishes me when I meet a depression glass collector who has some of their collection on display, most of it packed in boxes, and never actually uses any of it. While these colorful hues are a great way to brighten up any decorating scheme, this glassware was intended to be functional, not just decorative. Granted you don’t want to serve a steak or pork chop on a plate with a steak knife, then throw your depression glass into the dish washer, but you certainly should serve a nice luncheon or spaghetti dinner on it!
Here are a few tips for safely using your depression glass:
- Plan a menu around foods that require little or no knife usage – things like salads, pasta, or sandwiches.
- Always place a metal spoon in a cup before pouring hot liquids like coffee or tea into them. This absorbs some of the heat and helps prevent cups from cracking. You also should never pour boiling liquids into cups – let the liquid sit for 5 minutes to let it cool down a bit. The same is true of putting hot foods like mashed potatoes in a serving bowl.
- If displaying a floral arrangement in a vase, make sure the water is changed daily to prevent damage to the glass from water deposits.
- Real candles are perfectly fine to use with candlesticks, but when using hurricane lamps made by elegant glass companies, you might want to consider a battery operated electric candle. Not only will this eliminate any risk of heat damage, you also won’t have any soot to clean off the glass.
- When washing glassware after the meal, line your sink with a cloth towel or two. In the event that you drop anything, it will be less likely to break due to the cushioning of the towel.
- Take pictures of your table setting and share them on social media, including our Facebook page. You’ll help spread the interest in this lovely glassware!
- Enjoy your depression glass. It was meant to be used!