This month’s museum feature will stir the passion of Depression glass collectors far and wide. We recently added a 14-piece child’s dinnerware set to our museum in the Cherry Blossom-Pink pattern by Jeanette Glass. Cherry Blossom was produced as pressed Depression glass between 1930 and 1939, and features an ornate floral pattern covering each piece. The child’s dinnerware set featured here consists of four cups, four saucers, four dessert plates, a creamer, and a sugar bowl. What makes this set especially rare is that we were able to find it in its original box. Although the lid is somewhat worn, the packaging and box are a real find. The description on the front of the box indicates that the pieces are from the “Jeanette Junior” line and the box features a Rockwell-esque illustration of two little girls and a boy opening the dinner set. Although to some it may appear that this set was intended as a tea set, Jeanette Glass clearly labeled the box as a “Dinner Set.” The lucky recipients of a set like this would have hardly cared regarding the description, imagine the joy one of these sets would have brought a child in the 30s, or 40s!
Jeanette Glass became especially popular during the 1920’s as a result of factory innovations that allowed for automated production of colored glass. The company actually opened for business at the turn of the century, as a plant located in Jeanette, Pennsylvania producing bottles. During the next two decades, Jeanette evolved into a producer of popular tableware. By 1927, Jeanette’s management announced that all hand-production would cease and that the company would make glass by means of machines only. During this time, Jeanette Glass enjoyed a reputation as one of the most advanced mechanized glass factories in the world. Also, in 1927, Jeanette introduced an exciting new glass color – pink! To many collectors of Jeanette Glass, one derivation was known as Wild Rose. As mentioned above, the color of the child’s dinner set being featured here was described as Cherry Blossom-Pink.
We are quite excited to have this rare set in our museum, and it is hard to enjoy looking at it without romanticizing the period from which it came. Again, one can only imagine the delight that a child would have felt opening this set as a gift. While this set, as a rare Museum feature, is not for sale, we do offer a large selection of Jeanette Glass pieces that are for sale, including other pieces from Jeanette’s Cherry Blossom-Pink pattern, which you can access starting at the link below! Our Showroom and Museum are open from 9am to 7pm ET, 7 days a week (except holidays). The Showroom and Museum are conveniently located between Greensboro and Burlington, NC, at exit 132 off Interstate 85/40. Make plans to come see us, and leave with a few pieces of collectible Jeanette Glass to show off back home!