ART DECO ELEGANCE OF SILVER OVERLAY GLASS

By: John Hogan

The grandeur of sterling has always complimented the affluent dining room table for many centuries throughout the world.

CAMBRIDGE GLASS CO., SILVER OVERLAY TRIPOD BOWL, C. 1930

CAMBRIDGE GLASS CO., SILVER OVERLAY BOWL

CAMBRIDGE GLASS CO., SILVER OVERLAY TRIPOD BOWL, C. 1930

CAMBRIDGE GLASS CO., SILVER OVERLAY BOWL

CZECH. SILVER OVERLAY RUBY GLASS VASE, C. 1930-40

CZECHOSLOVAKIAN SILVER OVERLAY GLASS VASE

CZECH. SILVER OVERLAY RUBY GLASS VASE, C. 1930-40

CZECHOSLOVAKIAN SILVER OVERLAY GLASS VASE

As a result, the upward mobility were appeased by something more affordable than actual sterling pieces to adorn their dining tables and that was sterling silver overlay glass and sterling silver deposit glass.

The Art Deco Era lent way for a fresh innovative look in design that gave way for all kinds of creations. Hence many English, European and American glass factories began the production of many beautiful and gracious glass forms with designs that were either floral or geometric that were encrusted in real sterling. Wow! What a unique flair to give bounce of affluence to the dining room table! It had a lighter and more airy look than solid sterling forms that still maintained elegance to the dining experience at a much more affordable price for the growing masses who aspired to upward mobility.

Many British, European and American glass factories produced such glass that was an instant mass appeal that brought great monetary gain to their factories. American factories such as Fostoria Glass Company, Westmoreland Glass Company, Tiffin Glass Company, Silver City Glass Company and the famous Cambridge Glass Company of Ohio produced many forms such as gravy or sauce boats, sugar & creamer sets, salt & pepper sets, bowls, cake plates, platters, compotes and vases.

Many clear pieces were produced which lead way to the production of more elaborate and expensive colors of ruby red, cobalt blue, emerald green and yellow being some of the more popular colors. Let us not forget the gorgeous black amethyst vases with Grecian ladies and other forms of the art deco period that were laced with thick sterling deposit and overlay! The popularity of this glass basically began in the late 1920s and really took off in the 1930s. Because of popular demand this glass production was continued into the late 1950s by many American glass companies. As a matter of fact new creations in the past fifteen years have been produced in England, especially the rich dark colors of cobalt blue, emerald green and ruby red. The earlier authentic pieces can be purchased for equivalent or cheaper prices. Newer pieces that are now being produced in England are astronomical prices as compared to the vintage pieces.

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