Mayfair or "Open Rose"

by Joyce Nichols
Volume 26 No. 1 - July/August 1999

Open Rose or 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 Grandmas cabinet? That's another 1½ grand. I must have a claret and a cordial you say. Okay, fork up another 2½ thousand and prepare to hunt for awhile. Don't forget the salt and pepper listed at $8,500. BUT -- basic pieces can be 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 pièces.

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 the help of reputable dealers, you can be assured that you are buying old glass.

According to Gene Florence's latest book, frosted pieces of Mayfair are beginning to be sought after. Many of these pieces were hand-painted. It isn't easy to find these frosted pieces with perfect painted designs. Many are faded, worn, and partly missing. So-BEWARE.

As in many of the patterns of depression glass, you will see variations in pieces that should be alike. If your stems have rayed bottoms, note that on your shopping list and it will avoid disappointment when you get home.

Get yourself a good reference book, look up Mayfair by Hocking count your money, go to a show and HAPPY COLLECTING!!

Author's Note: Don't be confused by the other Mayfair pattern manufactured by Federal Glass Company in 1934. Learn to recognize "your" pattern's design. Never purchase by "name" alone. It's amazing how many pieces of depression glass are mislabeled.