The Anchor Hocking mark is found on glass dinnerware and cookware manufactured by the Anchor Hocking Company from 1937 to 1999. The mark represents the company’s logo. Anchor Hocking used two different logo mark treatments and one anchor-only marking. The first logo mark appears on products manufactured from 1937 to 1976, looks like an old ship anchor and has a capital “H” in the center. Products manufactured from 1976 to 1999 have a graphic depiction of the anchor with an octagon border, and the mark does not have the letter “H.”
The beginnings of what became Anchor Hocking started in 1905 when Isaac J. Collins enlisted seven partners to purchase the Ohio Flint Glass Company from receivership. The owners went on to develop a revolutionary glass-pressing machine that saved the company from ruin during the Great Depression. The machine had a 15-mold capacity and produced 90 pieces of blown glass each minute. From there, the company grew and acquired glass companies from Pennsylvania to California. In 1987, the Newell Corporation purchased Anchor Hocking.
Dinnerware Product Lines and Styles
Anchor Hocking gave a name to each new line of dinnerware it produced. Fire King, Royal Ruby, Jane Ray, Fleurette, Laurel and Kimberly are among the early product lines. The Fire King and Royal Ruby lines were huge sellers for Anchor Hocking. Fire King became favored because cooks could take the heat-proof dishes from the oven to the table. Royal Ruby was loved for its transparent deep crimson color. Anchor Hocking also created Jadeite products with opaque jade green colors for several lines, including Fire King.
Marked and Unmarked Dinnerware
Not all dishware and products are marked. However, that is not an absolute indication that a piece is not genuine. The company typically had several molds running and churning out plates at the same time. If fifteen molds were running and one broke, the production manager could change the style of the new mold and opt to leave off the mark. Many Fire King items do not have an Anchor Hocking mark. None of the items in the Royal Ruby line has a marking. Collectors examine the glass coloration and styles to authenticate Royal Ruby items.
Fire King Markings
Fire King items produced from 1942 to the early 1970s feature different variations of markings. The variations change in how the “Fire King” is displayed. For example, during the 1940s, glass dishware and ovenware have “Fire King” in block lettering. From the 1960s through the 1970s, the lettering for “Fire King” is in script, and the dishware says “Anchor Hocking Oven Fire-King Dinnerware Made in U.S.A.”
Anchor Hocking items are sought-after collectibles. They can be sourced on the Internet and found in many antique stores nationwide. Those who love items from the Depression and pre and post prohibition find Anchor Hocking items particularly desirable. The milk bottle white, ruby red and jade colors are iconic. Anchor Hocking pieces are commonly used to decorate kitchens with a vintage style and to authenticate sets for movies that take place from the 1940s through the 1960s. Several books have been written about Anchor Hocking, and an Anchor Hocking museum has been erected in San Antonio, Texas that features over 12,000 pieces.