Hocking's Mayfair or Open Rose (1931-37)

by Joyce Nichols
Volume 27 No. 2 - Sept/Oct/Nov 2000

Open Rose or the Mayfair pattern is one of the very popular depression glass patterns to collect. Perhaps you can remember, as I can, the pretty pink iced tea glasses that your grandmother filled in mass for your Sunday dinner when you were a child. Those 6½ in., 15 oz. footed ice teas that now sell at a premium. I remember them sitting, filled with iced tea (probably three dozen of them) on the sideboard for adults and children alike to take and drink with fried chicken potato salad, vegetables, red jello with bananas, and fresh coconut cake each Sunday as we went to Mama Rawson's house for dinner. I just wonder how many of those glasses my cousins and I broke. "Oh Well", Mama Rawson would say. "I'll go to the coupon store and get some more", and that she did because everybody saved soap coupons and tea coupons and flour coupons and all sorts of coupons to redeem for this pretty glass.

Well, those memories have cost many of us collectors many dollars!

Mayfair glass came mainly in pink and blue, but green and yellow can be collected if you have an unlimited glass budget and lots of patience. A basic set of pink or blue Mayfair can be put together as reasonably as many of the other beautiful patterns. Of course, if you are a repetitive, compulsive collector, as many of us are, get ready to spend a WAD.

A 9 in., three-leg 3-1/8 in. high console bowl would be a good place to start if you have five or six grand that is burning a hole in your pocket. Why not get a sugar lid for that pretty pink sugar bowl that you found in Grandma cabinet? That's another 1½ grand. "I must have a claret and a cordial" you say. Okay fork out another 2½ thousand and prepare to hunt for a while. Don't forget the salt and pepper listed at $8,500. Basic pieces can found in the under $100 range however, this is not a pattern that is plentiful at all shows. You can usually find enough to deplete a modest glass budget at any show.

Pink Mayfair has a large selection of pieces. There are footed tumblers, flat tumblers, dinner plates, luncheon plates, grill plates, and a great variety of serving pieces.

If you decide to begin collecting Hocking Mayfair pattern in any color, my suggestion is to get yourself a good reference book and read up on the reproductions. Some pieces in this pattern have been reproduced, but with a little study and help, you can assured that you are buying old glass.