Royal Lace (1934-1941) by Hazel-Atlas

by Joyce Nichols
Volume 26 No. 2 - September 1999

The deadline has arrived; my mind is blank. I need a jab in my motivation, so ... it's time for our depression glass club meeting and thanks to the Internet I get a remindèr and guess what: One of our dear members is showing her great collection of Ritz Blue Royal Lace! What more do I need? This pretty lacy glass jabbed my motivation and sparked my interest to make Royal Lace from the Hazel Atlas Glass Co. my subject for the Pattern of the Month. So, here goes.

In 1902, two great container firms of Washington, Pennsylvania, the Hazel Atlas Co. and the factory-next-door, Atlas Glass and Metal Co., became one ... Hazel Atlas Glass Co., and set up main offices in Wheeling, West Virginia.

The Clarksburg, West Virginia plant became known as the World's Largest Tumbler Factory in 1928, because of the many, many tumblers that poured out of this plant. Plants in Washington and Wheeling made tableware both for the home and industries.

In 1929, Killarney Green, Sunset Pink, and Topaz were promoted. Deep blue that Hazel Atlas called Ritz Blue was developed in 1936. We are told that red glass was tried, but being difficult to achieve, the company settled for Burgundy, a deep amethyst, instead.

In my opinion, one of the most beautiful of the Hazel Atlas patterns is Royal Lace. This pattern can be found in clear, green, pink, Ritz Blue and some pieces in amethyst. The most sought after color in RoyaL Lace is the Ritz Blue, but pink and green are also collected by many people.

Early in my years as a glass dealer, I acquired several great pieces of blue Royal Lace. Among these were the cookie jar and cover, the sugar with lid, creamer, covered butter dish, pitchers, tumblers, salt and pepper, along with the then ordinary pieces. Oh! That I had been blessed with long-term vision, rather than short-term interest in turning my money. IF, IF, IF ... I probably could have counted this as my most profitable investment of a lifetime at today's prices, but who could have imagined that this cheap glass would become so sought after and pricey! I do have the joy of knowing that all those wonderful pieces went into the collection of a very sweet couple in Mobile, Alabama and I'm glad to know that I contributed to their treasure.

In today's market, Royal Lace by Hazel Atlas is one of the top collectible patterns of depression glass. Green, pink, and Ritz Blue are all treasured by collectors in most areas of the country.

Gene Florence reports that the cookie jar and juice and water tumblers have been reproduced in dark cobalt blue. It is always a good rule when buying depression glass to beware! Know your glass or know your dealer!

If Royal Lace interests you, get a good book, go to a good depression glass show in your area, and Happy Collecting!!