Indiana's Horseshoe pattern (1930-33)

by Joyce Nichols
Volume 26 No. 10 - June 2000

The Horseshoe pattern was made by Indiana Glass Company in the early thirties (1930-1933). In the Indiana offerings, this pattern was offered as Number 612 in green and topaz (yellow). At the present time neither color is easy to find, but topaz seems to be scarcer.

This pattern is a challenge in either color, but with extra patience and a hefty bankroll, you can collect a complete table setting with ample serving pieces.

There are several bowls: 4½ in. individual berry, 6½ in. cereal, 7½ in. salad, 8½ in. vegetable, 9½ in. large berry and a 10½ in. oval vegetable. Plates also come in several sizes: 6" sherbet 8½ in. salad 9½ in. luncheon, 10 3/8 in. grill, and the 11½ in. sandwich that many collect as dinner plates. Cups and saucers are available and you can add some good table service pieces. The most elusive table setting pieces seem to be the 12 ounce tumblers, both flat and footed. These always bring hefty prices when you find them.

In my years of traveling to depression glass shows, I have seen the Horseshoe pitcher, but it is usually under lock and key. When I first began searching for depression era glass for sale, bought several pieces of this pattern both in green and topaz. I even had the extremely hard to find butter dish and top. The top of the butter dish had a tiny nick and, at that time, I had not a clue as to this business of selling depression glass. I had a collector who really wanted that butter dish and I remember that he thought that $100 was too much to pay for it. I am now looking at the Gene Florence 1994 book and the butter dish lists for $875. Don't we all wish that our collecting foresight were as good as our hindsight???

Please don't let me discourage you from collecting Pattern 612, commonly called Horseshoe, because each of us needs a challenge. This keeps us eager to stand in the line for early entrance to attend shows in our area and it also helps us train our autos to automatically choke down at the sign of a remote "Antique Shop" sign. (We even have our motor home trained!)

If you need an incentive, picture in your mind a pretty white table cover with colorful napkins and place mats, and the table beautifully set with green or yellow Horseshoe depression glass, a large sandwich plate used as a charger, and the 12 ounce footed tumbler sitting just to the right with a pitcher filled with homemade lemonade, and your pocket full of money. It will not matter what food is on the plate, because you will want to hurry to the nearest show to find those missing pieces.

Hope you have fun!!