Machine made Depression glass measuring cups are often still affordable and usable as kitchen or table ware.
My first apartment — a furnished NY rental – came complete with vintage Depression glass measuring cups. One was quart-size and green, a typical color, and a smaller clear one had a pouring spout. Growing up in California, I’d missed seeing those as a kid so they were very novel and memorable. At the time, I had a “portable” dishwasher – one on wheels with a butcher-block and thick black hoses that had to be pulled out and hooked up to the sink faucet for each wash. The old glass didn’t do well in there and I had little enthusiasm for washing it by hand. Then we moved.
Pieces like these classic measuring cups are still around and some are reasonably priced. The 16-ounce green Smith & Smith beauty [top and below] sold late last year on etsy for about $8!
Machine-made kitchen glassware was popular all across America during the early and mid-20th century. Often called Depression glass (even though much of it was manufactured until the 1960s), it ranges in color from clear to yellow, pink, green and turquoise. Measuring cups are often seen in “bottle” green or clear – the better to see the ingredients I suppose.
A two-cup measure, intact with an egg beater that fits perfectly on the top, must be somewhat rare as it was offered for sale for $119 on eBay. Today, beaters are stainless steel but this more reactive metal (tin or a nickel blend perhaps) went out of use because it formed rust spots (though this particular forerunner of the stick blender appears to be in excellent shape).
Another attribute are raised markings—both fill lines and ounce measurements which can be felt on the outside surfaces. Measures without handles are heavy and hard to hold but this one would make a great flower vase.
Durable glassware from our Grandmother’s kitchens can live on and on as stylish repurposed serveware, too.