4th Edition of Elegant Glass Has 1,000 Color Illustrations

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Book Review

The newly released 4th edition of Elegant Glass: Early, Depression, and Beyond by Debbie and Randy Coe offers more than 100 ornate patterns through 1,000 beautiful illustrations. 

This sweeping book presents all the favorites of the world of elegant glass including Cambridge, Fenton, Heisey, Imperial, Morgantown, New Martinsville and Paden City. All are generously featured along with their own individual styles. All the fine detail is extensive including production dates, pattern numbers or etching numbers, the original colors of production and current “mint condition” values.

In welcoming readers to the latest edition of Elegant Glass, authors Debbie and Randy Coe note, “America’s finest glass making companies were covered in this book. We wanted to offer a full span of patterns for all of you collectors.”

They point out that the oldest pattern listed by the book in America is one produced by Fostoria in 1915. The newest pattern listed in the book is the Hobnail in Cranberry Opalescent, which was still being made in the late 1990s.

Patterns are arranged alphabetically from American and American Lady to Wildflower and Willowmere. In addition to full lines of dinnerware, the coverage most often includes bedroom, bath and further decorating pieces. The book also includes sections on collector organizations, replacing items, glass museums and a glossary.

Debbie and Randy Coe have been involved in collecting and glassware dealing since the 1980s and have written a number of glass-related books for collectors including Glass Animals & Figurines.

Elegant Glass: Early, Depression, and Beyond, 4th edition, hardcover, 256 pages, is $34.99 plus shipping from Schiffer Publishing, www.schifferbooks.com.

Robert Reed, author and writer, has directed Antique and Collectible News Service for the past 25 years providing 1,500 articles and numerous books. Reed’s 18th book, Lincoln’s Funeral Train: The Epic Journey of Mourning Over 1,700 Miles of America’s Heartland, is due out in early 2014. Robert Reed, Antique and Collectible News Service, PO Box 204, Knightstown, IN 46148.


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