Royal Lace Cookie Jar and Water TumblerBy Mark Chervenka
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.