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Collectors are Clamoring Over Pressed Glass

During the last 19th century and early 20th century, pressed glass was extremely popular throughout the United States. As the name suggests, this was made through a process in which molten glass was pressed into a mold to create a raised decoration.

Pressed glass manufacturing dates back to the 1820s in the United States, as this is when the first glass pressing machines were introduced.

For nearly 100 years, these machines were used to create all types of pressed glass pieces, including complete table settings. However, soon enough, its popularity died down.

But by the 1930s it was hot once again, as many people were unable to afford more expensive options. So, they opted for machine pressed glass that was often used as giveaways at local grocery stores.

As of late, collectors have been buying up pressed glass at a fast rate. For example, a recent auction in Virginia saw an 1876 Lion powder pressed glass jar sell for more than $1,600.

If you have any pressed glass pieces at home, it makes sense to check their condition and get them appraised. You may be surprised at what they’re worth. And as a collector, keep your eye out for hidden gems. You never know when you’ll find that piece you’ve been looking for!

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