The Great Pyramid: An Art Deco Classic from Indiana Glass Company

This isn’t a Pyramid relish dish.
(Well, it sort of is.)

Its official pattern name is “No. 610” – Indiana Glass rarely gave names to their glass patterns and never called this “Pyramid.” But everyone else calls it that, probably to honor its cool Egyptian-Art Deco vibe. (Pyramid was made between 1926 and 1932 in green, pink, yellow, white and crystal.)

In 1974, Tiara reissued the pattern, named “Art Deco” in blue and black – and today, all “Pyramid” pieces are collectible (although the Tiara items should not carry the same price tag as the 1930s originals).

Tiara's "Art Deco" Relish Dish, 1970s. Photo courtesy of MouseJrsPlace, Etsy

Tiara’s “Art Deco” Relish Dish, 1970s. Photo courtesy of MouseJrsPlace, Etsy

Pyramid has always been popular.
It’s one of those patterns, like Hocking’s “Manhattan,” whose appeal extends beyond those who collect Depression Glass. Its vivid colors and sharp, angular lines lend a dramatic focus to just about any room, especially rooms with sleek, contemporary decor.

But it’s those same angular lines that get Pyramid into trouble.
It’s next to impossible to find a piece without chips on those sharp, pointed edges. Many aren’t visible, but can be felt. Since minor damage is expected, it doesn’t affect the price as much as it would with other patterns. On the other hand, mint-condition 1930s pieces – especially unusual ones like ice buckets and relish dishes – can fetch impressive prices because they’re almost unheard of.

Which color should you look for?
According to Gene Florence’s “Collector’s Encyclopedia of Depression Glass,” yellow commands higher prices in all categories, followed by green, pink and crystal. One exception is the pitcher, which is right behind yellow in value. (I’m quoting the 11th Edition – the 19th Edition is the current one.)

Which pieces are in demand?
Pyramid was considered a 13-piece entertainment pattern; therefore, no “dinnerware” (plates, cups or saucers) was made. But the relish dishes, pitchers, sugar and creamer trays, bowls and tumblers can create an impressive display for parties, buffets and more.

Then there’s that fabulous ice bucket.

Pyramid Ice Bucket.

Pyramid Ice Bucket.

The bucket itself is difficult to come by. But nobody can seem to find the lid, so if you have one, you’ll be able to make a collector very, very happy. Gene Florence lists it at $600 – and that was in 1994!

Don’t confuse “Pyramid” with “Tea Room.”
There are similarities that make Indiana’s Tea Room popular with Pyramid collectors, and they could complement each other. However, Tea Room is even more prone to breakage, and never became as pricey as some Pyramid pieces. That’s unfortunate, because Tea Room shares the same Deco look and feel – it was made concurrently with Pyramid. (A sugar and creamer similar to this one is on display in the Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Village in Millville, NJ.)

Indiana Glass "Tea Room" Sugar & Creamer. Photo courtesy of Ugly Duckling Antiques, Etsy

Indiana Glass “Tea Room” Sugar & Creamer. Photo courtesy of Ugly Duckling Antiques, Etsy

Odds are slim that you’ll find older Pyramid pieces at yard sales or thrift shops.
Even online it can be a challenge to find some of the items – I couldn’t find my yellow relish dish no matter how hard I looked. The black or blue Tiara versions seem to be more accessible – but again, remember that as snazzy as they are, they aren’t from the 1930s and don’t command the same prices.

Pyramid was truly one of Anchor Hocking’s great patterns, and one that should be in anyone’s glass collection!

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About sarathurston

I'm a marketing communications writer who also loves antiques and collectibles. You can find my shop on Etsy at http://www.etsy.com/shop/JanvierRoad
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2 Responses to The Great Pyramid: An Art Deco Classic from Indiana Glass Company

  1. sarathurston says:

    That is a wonderful deal! My yellow one should go for a lot of money, but it does have a significant chip on one corner – more than could even be “allowed” on a Pyramid piece. Most corners have roughness, if not outright chips.

  2. I was very, very lucky to find a green Pyramid relish dish in great condition at a yard sale, where I picked it up for a mere $5.00! I consider it my finest deal ever. I hope others can be as lucky.:)

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