Children's toy dishes in
New pieces of child's Cherry Blossom were among the first pieces of depression glass to be reproduced. The reproductions began appearing in 1973 and have continued to be made often over the years.
Original Cherry Blossom was made by Jeannette Glass Company, ca. 1930-1939. It was produced primarily in transparent pink and delphite (opaque blue) with a rare piece occasionally found in some other color. There were only five shapes made originally which include: creamer, sugar, plate, cup and saucer.
All the original shapes have been reproduced plus a fantasy covered butterdish that was never originally made. New colors include blue transparent, delphite, cobalt blue, transparent green and others. Some new colors have iridized "carnival glass" type finishes.
The photos below point out the major differences between new and old (other than color.) Generally, the pattern is less sharp and usually distorted in the reproductions. New pieces also usually have a slick, greasy feel to the surface.
Special thanks to Debbie Torsiello of Debby's Glass for her loan of the examples shown here for photography.
Fig. 1 Original five shapes of child's Cherry Blossom.
Photo courtesy Collector Books Paducah, KY; Ency. of Childrens Dishes, Margaret & Ken Whitmyer
Fig. 2 Bottom of new butter dish
Fig. 3 New childs covered butter dish; never originally made.
Fig. 4 New plates and saucers (left) are thicker than originals (on right).
Fig. 5 (New) Close up of pattern in new plates/saucers. Note irregular shape of flower petals and lack of detail in individual petals.
Fig. 6 (Old) Close up of pattern in original plate/saucers. Sharp detail throughout; more natural appearance to flower petals.
Fig. 7 Scallops in the rims of new plates/saucers are rounded. Also note thickness of edge.
Fig. 8 Scallops in the rims of original plates/saucers have a nearly flat edge.
Fig. 9 Cluster of cherries extends beyond raised ring in new saucers.
Fig. 10 Cluster of cherries entirely enclosed by raised ring in original saucers.
Fig. 11 Close up of pattern inside reproduction cup. Poor detail compared to original pattern shown in Fig. 12.
Fig. 12 Close up of pattern inside original cup. Realistic pattern shows excellent detail.
Fig. 13 Close up of bottom of new cup as seen from outside. The cluster of cherries is distorted and crushed together.
Fig. 14 Close up of bottom of old cup. Cluster of three cherries is well defined and sharply molded.