Despite the recent trend for retro designs, pressed glass remains one of the most undervalued types of glass out there. When compared to cut glass, which it is often imitating, pressed glass rarely brings in big bucks. Pressed glass is often found for very cheap and even antique pressed glass can go for just a few dollars. But, as with everything, there are a few examples that stand out from the rest. Here are 8 antique and vintage pressed glass styles that are actually worth a little money!
8) Opaline Glass
This lovely type of glass differs from milk glass in that it is often tinged with blue, though can come in other colors. The term originally referred to hand blown French and Italian glass, but is commonly used to describe 20th century pressed slag glass pieces as well. A Fenton opaline cookie jar recently sold for $300, and smaller pieces of pressed opaline glass can fetch around $50.
7) John Derbyshire Figural Glass
These figural pieces often depict majestic creatures or classical figures on pedestals, which came as pairs with which to decorate one’s mantlepiece. Derbyshire also produced vases and other decorative items of glass as well. These English pressed glass pieces date from the Victorian era, and can sell for between $30-$130 or more.
6) Jumbo Glass
When Jumbo the elephant made his debut with Barnum and Bailey in the U.S. 1882, he was already a favorite in England. In anticipation of the African elephant’s arrival and tour, many types of glass pieces were made. Candy dishes, goblets, cruet sets, and salt and pepper shakers are among the many pieces created for this event. A set of 6 Jumbo goblets sold in July 2018 for $3,000 and a cruet set recently sold for $400.
5) Drugstore and Apothecary Glass
Pressed glass pieces (like scoops, candy dishes, straw holders, and large medicine containers) speak to another era when the drugstore served as malt shop, candy store, and dispensary all in one. Often these items are clear, but can also be brilliantly colored to grab the customer’s eye. A green Illinois Star straw holder recently sold for $800, but apothecary jars tend to sell for $30-$200 or more.