Q: I have scoured our local library's reference books looking for information on what I'm told is custard glass, but without success. Can you help me?
A: A great deal of information about custard glass (so-called because its opaque color resembles that of custard) can be found in "Keys to Custard Glass Identification, I through Iv" by James H. Gaddis, available for $17.70 for the set of six with a binder to hold them, plus 75 cents postage from Wallace-Homestead Book Co., 1912 Grand Avenue, Des Moines, Iowa 50305. Custard glass was produced in a great many pieces, from tumblers to toothpicks to spooners to salts.
Q: I have a complete set of green Depression Glass dishes. I don't know the name of the pattern but it seems to be designed like fans and flowers. Where can I sell this set?
A: To find a buyer writer to 20-30-40 Society in care of the Depression Glass club's president, Dennis Kauk, 459 Skokie Lane, Bolingbrook, Illinois 60439. Enclose a rubbing of the pattern, a description of the pieces and their condition and an addressed stamped envelope for a reply. The society meets bimonthly, has nearly 200 members, and offers membership to interested persons for $6 a year. A good look that pictures, prices and describes such glass, with a special section on reissues and fakes, is The Collector'd Encyclopedia of Depression Glass, 4th Edition, by Gene Florence, available for $14.95 plus 65 cents postage from Collector Books, P.O. Box 3009, Paducah, Kentucky 42001. Florence's Depression Glass Pocket Guide, available from the same publisher for $8.95 plus 65 cents portage, shows 120 patterns in color. Collectors can subscribe tothe monthly National Glass, Pottery and Collectibles Journal by writing to P.O. Box 3121, Wescoeville, Pennsylvania 18106. It's $8 a year or $15 for two years. A sample copy is 75 cents.