Jadeite

I love Jadeite. It is characterized by an opaque, pale-green color and looks a lot like porcelain and milk glass. I think it has a sophisticated retro feel and really adds some great color to your tableware and kitchen. I’ve seen it a few items at Antique Malls but many of the items are very expensive because they’re collectibles. Paula Deen collects Jadeite and her website had some great factual information about it. Read on below.

McKee was the first to manufacture jadeite, but the Jeannette Glass Company is credited for coining the name. However, Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation became its largest producer. In 1942, Anchor Hocking debuted the popular Fire-King line in a variety of colors, but jadeite (or “Jade-ite” as the company calls it) remained in high demand for 30 years.

The stain- and heat-resistant tableware was served in frugal diners across America. Additionally, restaurant owners could save money by serving coffee in thick-rimmed “cheater mugs” that appeared to hold more than they actually did. The simple design of the Anchor Hocking Restaurant Ware was one of the most popular lines produced from 1950 to 1956. Today, Restaurant Ware is also the most collected, in part because of its sheer abundance. Read more.

Here are some photos of Jadeite items that I’ve seen on my vintage shopping trips.

 

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