Video:Identifying the Aurora Glass Patternwith Jacob Taxis
Aurora glass is one of the most popular and attractive Depression glass patterns. Here's a video profile of the Aurora Depression glass pattern.See Transcript
Transcript:Identifying the Aurora Glass Pattern
Hi, I'm Jacob Taxis for About.com. In this video, you will learn about the Aurora glass pattern—what it is and where it comes from.
Identifying the Aurora Depression Glass Pattern
The Aurora depression glass pattern is both charming and easy to identify. With its petal-like ribbing and horizontal bands, the bottom of many pieces produced in this pattern will appear to flower out from a circle at the center. This quality gives the piece a satisfying, complete look – and will draw your attention to the various contours of the piece. For example, in this plate, you can see how the ribbing works to move the eye from groove to smooth plane and back. This adds an almost landscape-like feel to the plate itself.
Other Glass Patterns that Look Like Aurora
You might be tempted to mistake designs such as the Coronation pattern for Aurora. Both patterns flower-out from the bottom – however, the Coronation pattern of glass will display a variety of rib shapes; the most distinct being the thin, spear-like ribs that shoot out from the center of the plate. For example, in this piece, you can see how the ribs bend over the corner of the plate and flow with the surface. The Aurora pattern will display softer, wider ribs that wrap around the outer edge of a smooth, distinct circle.
History of the Aurora Depression Glass Pattern
Aurora glass was manufactured by the Hazel Atlas Glass Company in the late 1930's. The company began producing colored glass in 1929 – and its designs were soon sought-after around the world for their elegance and rich, artistic flavor. The Aurora pieces issued by the company come in green, pink, clear, and cobalt blue – its most famous and radiant color. The company issued seven pieces in the Aurora pattern – bowls, cereal bowls, creamers, cups, saucers, plates, and 10 oz. tumblers. Of these seven different pieces, the small bowls and creamers were not issued in pink. In fact, the creamers were given out as gifts to those buying cereal in the 1930's. The pieces mentioned here were snack patterns – meaning they were issued in limited numbers for use at breakfast and lunch. The company did, however, produce one serving piece with this set; that is, the Aurora milk pitcher. This piece is rare can fetch a hefty price.All seven pieces were issued in a stunning cobalt blue. Due to its prevalence in the world of antiquing, cobalt blue Aurora is relatively inexpensive and makes for an great addition to any glass collection.
With its simple pattern and elegant style, Aurora glass can add a little charm to any gathering – and you can be sure that its delightful color will turn some heads as well. Thanks for watching. For more info, visit About.com.