The main collection I'd like to share is Ruby Glass. Ruby glass glows in the sun but the sun hid from my photographs! I hope you can still see why I find it beautiful :)
I have several pieces, most manufactured in the US by Anchor Hocking from ~1940-1960s (more info). I also own a modern dinner set.
|Sherbet cups, a gift from my grandmother
|Bud vases: two were gifts, one I bought
|Windsor pitcher and two goblets
|Modern cake plate
|View through the cake plate
At right, my modern ruby/clear glass dish set. It's in a box on a shelf...
I also have some glass pieces in other colors. This is one of two pressed glass candy dishes I own. It's holding vintage silk buttontwist :)
One of the fascinating things about clear vintage glass is that it often changes color as it ages. You can help date pieces, or check their authenticity, based on the color. A faint yellow color equates to approx 50yo. Pale purple makes it Depression era (at least it did 15 years ago, lol).
And an Amethyst glass dish, almost black in color until you hold it up to a strong light.
As I was photographing the glass I realized I have quite a few handmade lace pieces, too. I realized that these are all cotton as well. The smaller ones I made or were purchased, the larger ones are family heirlooms.
|Bruges Flower lace, a type of bobbin lace
|Crocheted bread mat w/ dimensional flowers, Bruges
|Closeup: Crocheted mat, antique store find ($1!)
|Knit cotton doily, first one I made
|Family piece, crocheted dresser scarf of 5 motifs.
|A single motif
|Another family piece, a crocheted doily