Double Fleur De Lis is a gorgeous elegant glass pattern that sometimes is confused with Fostoria's Baroque. It combines fleur de lis around the inside center with elongated fleur de lis molded on the outside around the rim. The rims may be scalloped. You can find this with different cuttings, including a simple spray floral and a more elaborate flower cut. We've had Double Fleur De Lis in a footed console bowl, a flat bowl, a 3-piece mayonnaise set and a torte plate. Our torte plate in the photo at right has a basket and flower design in encrusted silver and is a wonderful piece of glass. Indiana made this about 1950.
Indiana Glass made several well-known Depression glass patterns and later sold older reproduction patterns through the Tiara party plan. Besides these, Indiana made several attractive collectible patterns from the 1940s through the 80s plus re-issued older designs in new colors including Teardrop, Oleander, Christmas Candy, Diamond Point and Pretzel. Indiana also made less-well known patterns that are very appealing such as Double Fleur de Lis.
You can find Teardrop at almost every flea market or thrift store, most often the large comport, and usually in milk glass or crystal with worn flashing. People who know Teardrop only from the comport are missing a very pretty pattern! Tear drop was made in crystal, as well as crystal with the drops flashed red, plus milk glass, green, iridiscent glass and flashed all over.
Teardrop, Line 1011, was mainly a decorative pattern that included a few serving pieces, such as the creamer and sugar, torte plate and small bowl. In our area of Michigan we find 5 comports (shown at left) for every other piece of Teardrop; although from time to time we see the vase, torte plate and small bowl. The creamer, sugar and candleholder are very pretty and very elusive!
Another ubiquitous piece in flea markets is the creamer or sugar in Indiana's Number 1008, Oleander or Willow, shown at right. These are heavy with deeply pressed leaf sprays. The handles have neat shapes. Montgomery Ward distributed Number under the Oleander name and it was made for years, from the 1940s through the 70s. This pattern has elements of both depression glass and elegant glass and you may see it listed as either. Indiana made it in crystal and several colors, as well as satinized crystal, and with the pattern picked out in yellow or red. It's a nice pattern with strong design and comes in a wide variety of shapes that make it fun to collect. The small bowl with metal stand shown in the photo is Oleander.
Once you see a piece of Christmas Candy (left) you'll know where its name came from, and you will not have a problem recognizing it in the future. The rims have a wavy zig zag that looks just like old time ribbon candy. It was made in both crystal and teal and is relatively scarce. In 7 years of collecting we've seen crystal twice and teal once. The creamer, sugar and cup are particularly fun with their lightning bolt shaped handles.
Diamond Point (at right) is heavy and borrows from several early pressed glass patterns. It has a band of smooth glass around the rims that you may find with red flashing. Diamond Point comes in a rainbow of colors and is fairly plentiful if you enjoy it. There are two styles of goblets available. One style is concave and the other is bulbous.
Indiana's Pretzel, Number 622, (at right) was made from the late Depression into the 1980s and you may find it listed as Depression glass. This is an Indiana pattern that tends to have blobs of extra glass or a bit of roughness on the seams. The creamer and sugar in our store are super cute with pedestal feet and curlicue handles.
If you are looking for glass that is attractive and available in enough pieces to give you a collecting challenge, you may want to look at Indiana's glass made after the depression. Patterns such as Double Fleur De Lis and Wild Rose are fun to collect to collect and you'll enjoy owning and using them!
Webmaster's NOTE: The NDGA wishes to thank the author for permission to use this article. Kathy is a dealer from Midland, Michigan. Her web site is Cat Lady's Glass.