Date: April 26, 2020 | Story: Tiffany Adams | Photography: Rett Peek | Styling: Lauren Cerrato |
While glassware is often a beloved collectible, it’s rare the pieces are as functional as they are fashionable. Jadeite fits the bill for both. Mass-produced during the 1930s and ’40s in America, the green, milk glass-style pieces became known for the spark of color they brought during some of the country’s toughest times; moreover, Jadeite was affordable to make. Diners and restaurants liked the thick material that could stand up to forks and sinks alike, and it began to catch on with consumers. While some department stores carried Jadeite, many people grew their collections piece by piece as oatmeal, flour, and other pantry staple manufacturers placed a cup or saucer inside a bag, enticing buyers to continue purchasing their goods to acquire a full set. Jadeite has experienced a resurgence in popularity over the past 15 years, meaning you can find newly produced goods at home stores. However, if you’re on the hunt for a more authentic piece—perhaps one with the coveted “Fire King” or “McK” (for McKee Glass Company) marking—you’ll need to be among the first to arrive at your neighborhood estate sale.