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Cameo Dancing Girl

Cameo Depression Glass - Lovely Dancing Girls

I remember my first piece of Cameo depression glass.  It was a set of cups and I broke one right away dropping it on our tile floor.  Not a good introduction to this beautiful glass!

Cameo Green Depression Glass Cup Scroll Handle

Cameo Dancing Girl stole my heart way back then and it's still one of my favorite patterns.  I like the colors - green and yellow make me happy - and the design is top notch.

This oval bowl shows the pattern.  See the elegant center medallion on the base and the cameos of dancing girls around the rim all connected by scrolls and swags. Even the little tab handles have little swags.

Cameo Green Depression Glass Oval Vegetable Bowl

Cameo Green Depression Glass Oval Vegetable Bowl


So Many Pieces, So Much Fun to Collect

Cameo was very popular and Hocking made it 

for several years, 1930 to 1934.  Hocking mastered the marketing goal to create excitement in older product lines by continually adding new pieces.  You'll find pieces galore to choose, including variations that make Cameo such fun.



Maybe it's because of the Springtime inspiration, but Hocking made several stemmed pieces, far more than we see with most depression patterns.  I have three to show you, the water goblet, tall sherbet and low sherbet.  Besides these you can look for two sizes of wine goblets and another low sherbet.

Cameo Depression Glass Stemware

Cameo Green Depression Glass Comparison:  Water Goblet, Tall Sherbet, Low Sherbet

I counted six dinner plates and made a short video about the ones we have.  This plate is one of the interesting ones with a raised rim and tab handles.

Cameo Green Tab Handled Dinner Plate

Cameo Green Tab Handled Raised Rim Dinner Plate


Interesting Cameo Depression Glass Pieces

Hocking made so many interesting pieces of Cameo - some of which we have and I can show you here.

One neat piece is this footed compote.  It looks like a very large sherbet - but it's sized for a huge banana split!

Cameo Green Depression Glass Compote

Cameo Green Depression Glass Comport

I showed the square lunch plate above.  It's a fun piece to use for dessert too.  Most patterns had either square plates or round plates; it's unusual to find both.

Of course Hocking made a gazillion tumblers (seriously, there are at least nine).  I like the footed cone shaped one the best.  To me this shape says "Depression Glass".

Cameo Green Depression Glass Footed Tumbler

Cameo Footed Depression Glass Tumbler

This is the more commonly found vase.  It's a 

great size and shape to use for flowers because of the wide mouth.  The other vase is smaller and on the rare side.

Cameo Green Depression Glass Vase

Cameo Green Depression Glass Vase


Colors in Cameo Depression Glass

Hocking made Cameo in green and yellow, plus a few pieces in pink and clear with platinum trim.  If you like yellow, I suggest you begin collecting it now as yellow Cameo is inexpensive.  The green is moderate priced and pink is very pricey.  I have seen only one 

pink piece in person as it is quite hard to find.Cameo Topaz Yellow Depression Glass Cup

Tip! Measure Goblets

Tip:  How to Measure Stemware

If you want a set of vintage stemware it's important you know how to measure stems and are aware of size changes over the past 50 years.

Originally wine goblets were small, much smaller than we use today, especially in restaurants or contemporary, trendy glass.  Wine goblets in patterns from the vintage glass companies usually held two to five ounces.  

Fostoria June Wine Goblet

Fostoria June Topaz Wine Goblet

This Fostoria June goblet, from the 1930s, is 5 1/2 inches tall and holds three ounces filled right to the brim.  That's more the size we see today for cordials or after dinner drinks.

To measure stems, put the goblet on a flat table.  Take a stiff ruler and measure vertically to the top of the rim.  That's the height.  Don't measure sideways from the foot to the rim.

The other key measurement is capacity.  Vintage stemware, pitchers, creamers and such always give capacity measured by filling it right to the point of overflowing.

I find it is easiest to take my stem t the cupboard by the sink.  I use a one ounce measuring cup and fill the measuring cup right to the brim and pour into the goblet.  Then repeat until the goblet will not hold any more.  (The hard part is keeping count and not losing track, but maybe you won't have that problem.)

Cambridge Rosalie Etched Water Goblet

Cambridge Glass Rosalie Etched Crystal Water Goblet

The reason you want to measure full to the brim is that flared pieces, like goblets, will often take a surprising volume from the point where you would fill for use and when filled to the brim.  It's too subjective to measure filled the way you would use it.


I have tried filling a stem with water and pouring into a measuring cup.  This doesn't work for me at all as half the water ends up in the sink.

If you don't have a one ounce measuring cup, then use a regular liquid measurin cup to fill it most of the way, then use a tablespoon to fill the remainder.  Remember a tablespoon is half an ounce.

Water goblets, like the Cambridge Rosalie shown above, are usually between 6 and 10 inches tall and hold somewhere around 10 ounces.

The other thing to be aware of is shape.  Wine and water goblets look like goblets.  The goblet bowl may be rounded but most often the bowl is taller than it is wide.

You might see sherbets mistakenly called wine goblets.  Sherbets look like saucer champagnes or else have V shaped bowls like this Cambridge Chantilly tall sherbet.

Cambridge Chantilly Sherbet

Cambridge Chantilly Sherbet

I hope this helps you get the stemware you want!

Cameo Dancing Girl

Cameo depression glass from Hocking is nicknamed Dancing Girl or Ballerina for the dancers connected by swags around the rim.

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