Royal Lace Cookie Jar and Water TumblerBy

Royal Lace Cookie Jar and Water Tumbler

Original pieces in cobalt blue Royal Lace are among the most scarce and expensive pieces of American depression glass. In 1996, the Royal Lace 5 ounce juice glass was reproduced in cobalt. In the summer of 1997, cobalt reproduction Royal Lace 9 ounce tumblers and cookie jars began to appear.

An original cookie jar can sell for $350-$550; a 9 ounce tumbler for $65-$85. A reproduction cookie jar costs under $15; a 9 ounce tumbler about $4. This article will show you how to separate new and old pieces.

Although the new pieces are generally a darker blue than originals, color alone is not a reliable test of age. Studying molded details and pattern variations is a better way to evaluate authenticity. Be particularly alert for new lids on old bottoms.

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Fig. 1 New Royal Lace 9 ounce tumbler and cookie jar in cobalt blue.

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Fig. 2 The bottom of the base of the new cookie jar is smooth and plain.

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Fig. 4 The bottom of the base of the old cookie jar has a plunger mark.

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Fig. 7 Glass in bottoms of new 9 ounce tumblers is 2-3 times as thick as the glass in old bottoms.

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Fig. 8 Glass in top rims of new 9 ounce tumblers (top ) about twice as thick as glass in top rims of old tumblers (bottom).

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Fig. 9 Top of pattern forms almost straight line at rim (arrow).

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Fig. 10 Top of pattern forms curve near rim (arrow).