One way of helping you keep track of and identify anything you have in your collection or are thinking of buying is to rely on a good Depression Glass Book. There are many different books on collecting depression glass and antique american glass available and I will give you a quick run down of each one that I deem to be the most useful and relevant.
I have only listed the 3 books that I use to help identify depression glass when purchasing. If you recommend or use another book then please let us know via the Contact page and we will add it to this page along with any review you wish to give.
|Possibly the best and most used book in my collection would be the best selling, â€œCollector's Encyclopedia of Depression Glassâ€ by Gene and Cathy Florence. Gene and Cathy are both known as the experts on depression glass and they have produced an excellent visual reference book to help you identify, value and learn from. The latest version has a really great color coding system that will help you identify the glassware quickly and accurately as well as an amazing amount of information about each pattern. Each pattern is fully described in pain staking detail and a handy chart advises you of the average price for each color. You cannot go wrong with this book if you are new to the subject but experienced collectors will also benefit from the wealth of information too.|
|Next up is another book by Gene and Cathy called â€œFlorence's Glassware Pattern Identification Guide: Easy Identification for Glassware from the 1920s Through the 1960sâ€. This book is really an extension to the previous and goes into finer visual detail about each pattern. You will find over 170 pages of close up images of pieces to help you identify the patterns on items you have or are thinking of buying.|
|To complete the trio of books that will help you value and identify your collection is the â€œMauzy's Depression Glass: A Photographic Reference with Pricesâ€ book by Jim and Barbara Mauzy. This is areal heavyweight guide to valuation and contains over 750 pages of color photographs and detail about each pattern and piece. A great selling point of this book is that they included images of reproduction pieces too so you can clearly see the difference between the original. This is a must for new collectors and will save you time and money.|