From their humble beginnings in the late 1800’s, Hazel-Atlas Glass Company grew into the largest machine-molded glass container manufacturer in the world. A simple internet search will reveal the fascinating history of the Hazel-Atlas Company and the growth and evolution of the company and their products. Here, we are primarily interested in the company’s mold-etched machine made “depression” kitchenware glass products. Produced in large quantities and in a variety of patterns and colors, this economical tableware was widely sold from the the 1920’s through the 1940’s. The dinnerware was originally produced as clear with other colors beginning to be introduced in 1929. The addition of a variety of colors and patterns drove the immense popularity of this tableware. Depression glass remains highly collectable today even though most patterns have been out of production for over 75 years.
Yellow Garage dealer Bretherick’s Baubles is featuring a Hazel Atlas 48 oz. Ritz Blue Royal Lace pattern depression glass pitcher. Ritz Blue is also widely known as cobalt blue. The Royal Lace pattern was produced by Hazel-Atlas between 1934-1942 with the Ritz Blue color introduced in 1936. This pattern and color of depression glass is highly prized by collectors. The pitcher is the smallest of the five pitchers available in the Royal Lace pattern. It has straight sides and a hand worked pouring spout and ice lip. The hand work produced minor variations from pitcher to pitcher. The pitcher stands 7 3\4” to the spout and has a 4” bottom diameter. It is in excellent condition as shown in the pictures. Collectors of Ritz Blue Royal Lace depression glass will find this pitcher to be an excellent addition to their collection.