Our antiques expert appraises an Akro Agate Glass Water Set to help determine what it's worth today.
I got this set of toy water glasses and a pitcher in the early 1930s. It reminds me of Depression glass. Do you know it’s current value?
—E.C., Maquoketa, Iowa
What’s It Worth?
A: A century ago, a glassmaker became an important player in the emerging children’s toy industry. The Akro Agate Co. began as a leading manufacturer of marbles. With the Depression, it diversified. By 1932, its main product was children’s glass dishware and beverage sets, sold in fitted boxes.
Depression glass is imitated in the interior-panel-pattern water glasses in your Play-Time Dish Set. Such sets came in pastels, amber, lemon yellow, burgundy, hot pink, green, like yours, and every other color in the crayon box.
World War II brought a halt to imported Japanese toys, further increasing the American sets’ popularity. But by the time the import market reopened after the war, new technology had made possible inexpensive tin and plastic products. Akro Agate closed in 1951.
Your green water glass set with its original box is worth about $155.
—Barbara J. Eash (Country Woman Magazine’s Antiques Expert)