The word vintage is used to describe items that are between 20 and 100 years old. Vintage drinking glasses come in a wide range of styles and sizes. Some of the categories for these glasses are Depression Glass, Depression Era Elegant Glass, Swanky Swigs and Carnival Glass.
Depression Glass and Depression Era Elegant Glass were manufactured during the Depression. Depression Era Elegant Glass is finer than Depression Glass. Depression Glass was made mostly by machine and the Elegant Glass was sometimes finished by hand. This colored glassware comes in blue, white, crystal, green, red, pink, amber and yellow. Sizes of these glasses include tumblers and cordial glasses.
Swanky Swigs are small glasses that can be used for juice. These were made mainly between the 1930s and the 1950s. They were sold containing food products such as cheese spread and jelly. Swanky Swigs have designs or cartoon characters on them. Carnival Glass was first manufactured in the United States in the early 20th century. It is pressed glass with an iridescent finish. Colors of this glass include purple, blue, green, red, yellow and white.
Vintage drinking glasses can be found in colors to that will match or complement many china patterns.