The Birth of the Cocktail Party
Itís hard to think of a decade
that produced a larger variety of interesting, quirky, and collectible
glassware than the 50ís. The
50ís saw the absolute height of the cocktail party and having the most
modern serving dishes and highball glasses was every host and hostesses
ultimate goal. You wonít find a
wider variety of barware, cheese plates, Hors DíOeuvres platters,
snack plates, fondue pots, brightly designed glasses, punch bowls, ice
buckets, or fabulous ashtrays in any other era.
is one of the most affordable collectibles from the 50ís and they are
the perfect compliment to any retro decorated home.
Whether you are cruising E-bay or your local church garage sale
you are bound to find a good deal. Dishes and platters can be used as wall hangings to decorate
your kitchen or dining room and you can pull them down to use when you
have your own swinging bash. You
can identify glassware from the 50ís by their bright colors of gold,
turquoise, orange, yellow, silver, and browns all painted in classic
patterns of geometric shapes. Some of the most original glassware may
even be signed by the designer such as those designed by the prolific
Georges Briard designs are the
quintessential 50ís. His
bright colors and eye-popping designs have inspired everything from
clocks to end tables and his lines of barware seem to be never ending. The beauty of Briardís glassware designs is that the individual
pieces seem to have a connecting thread that makes it easy to assemble
pieces of different types and designs into one cohesive collection.
A good investment for any collector of 50ís Briard glass would
be the book Designed & Signed: '50S
& '60s Glass, Ceramics & Enamel Wares by Georges Briard, Sascha
by Leslie Pina.
Other great 50ís glassware were made by
such well known companies as Anchor Hocking, Pyrex, Corning, and
Glassware from the 50ís era is far
superior to that which you will find on the market today at stores such
as Target who have lines of retro glasses and dishes.
The authentic pieces may even be less expensive if you are a
shrewd shopper since 50ís glass can be easily found at auctions and
estate sales. A quirky collection of assorted glasses from the 50ís can
be so much more satisfying than a matched set of reproductions from your
local department store and if they have lasted for fifty years they are
likely to be of a much higher quality.
Donít throw another cocktail party
without first acquiring some of your own original glassware from the
Christine Sostarich is a freelance
writer and mother of four living in the Pocono Mountains of Eastern
Pennsylvania. She is also a
poet and editor of a small literary journal.