Indiana Glass Company “Hen-on-Nest” Dishes

Indiana Glass hen in emerald green

Emerald green

Indiana Glass Company

Dunkirk, Indiana (1907-2002)

Indiana Glass produced a Hen-on-Nest covered dish that’s retained the same basic appearance throughout many years of production. Two sizes were made. The earliest version is smaller, the top portion measuring approximately 4 and 1/2 inches in total length, but very similar in design to the later version, which measures about 7 inches in length.  The “nest” (base) of the smaller version measures 4 and 3/8″ from end to end.

NOTE: The smaller version (commonly known by hen-on-nest collectors as the “MYSTERY HEN”) is considered as a “PROBABLE” product of Hazel-Atlas Glass Company instead of Indiana Glass Company by author Shirley Smith in her authoritative 2007 reference book on hen dishes. However, my personal opinion is that the smaller hen was also made by Indiana Glass, but that is only my opinion and it is possible that more conclusive evidence, if found, could prove me wrong!

Small (earlier) Indiana Glass Hen

Small size (earlier) Indiana Glass Company Hen Dish in clear glass

The earliest examples of these hen dishes are believed to date from sometime in the 1930s or 1940s, and they are found only in clear and white milk glass.  There doesn’t seem to be any concrete, absolutely reliable information (found so far) that gives proof on exactly what year the earliest Indiana Glass hens were made.  If you have information that sheds light on this question, I sincerely request your help!

The early, smaller version has a base with a cross-hatched or basket-weave style pattern on the sides. Diagonal oriented lines cross each other at right angles to form, more or less, a pattern of interconnected diamonds. (A larger version with this base type also exists, but they are much, much scarcer).

Small size hen (top only) in white milkglass

Small size hen (top only) in white milkglass

Smaller size hen (bottom only)

Smaller size hen (bottom only)


These small hens are very close in appearance to the similar-sized hens produced by Imperial Glass Company, but the Imperial examples have a split-tail, not flat as on all Indiana Glass pieces.  The bases are very similar, although the Imperial version has a basketweave design on the very bottom (Indiana’s is smooth) and there are short vertical ribs arranged all around the outside top rim of the dish.  (Many,  if not all, of the Imperial-manufactured hens are marked, rather faintly in some cases, with their “I superimposed over a G” trademark on the underside of the lid.)

Indiana Glass Hen in clear, smooth rim type, circa 1950s

Indiana Glass Hen in clear, smooth rim, circa 1950s.

The later, larger (and much more commonly seen) version, which was probably introduced sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s (sources disagree), measures about 7 inches from end to end. The base has either a very finely stippled surface, or a “pebbly” or “ripply” abstract pattern that is supposed to represent a straw nest (this is called a “striated base” by Shirley Smith in her book on hens). An example of one of the earlier large size hens in clear glass is shown above. The bottom (basket or bowl) measures about 2 inches in height, and when both pieces are in place, the total height is typically about 5 and 3/8 inches.

Indiana Glass in Blue Carnival

Blue Carnival


These hens are NEVER marked with an actual trademark or logo representing the company, however, the Indiana Glass hen can easily be recognized at a glance from it’s characteristic form. The tail is narrow and “flat”, pointing straight back from the head, and is never “split” or “divided” as is common on many, many hens made by other glass manufacturers. The cover (“back”) of the dish has a mold “circle” about one and 1/4 inches in diameter (this measurement referring to the larger size hen) in the center, which can basically be considered a diagnostic feature of all Indiana hens. This circle is actually called a “valve mark”— please see the post submitted by Bob Rawlings, former plant manager at Indiana Glass, in the Comments section of this page.

Posted here are various pictures of these hens so you will soon be able to recognize them easily!

Indiana Glass hen in pink


The earliest version of the large-size hen has a smooth rim on the base, and later versions (probably introduced in the mid-to-late 1950s or early 1960s) have a “beaded” edge, somewhat similar to the beaded Candlewick pattern made by Imperial Glass.  In the earlier years clear and white milkglass hens were made. A very rare “mulberry” colored hen (clear with mulberry stain) with a smooth upper base rim is also known and is assumedly from the early period.
Many of the early clear and milkglass hens originally came with the combs painted with red cold paint which has partially or wholly worn off.

Some of the white milkglass and amber hens have an “open beaded” rim, with small gaps in between each bead. These may be a transition type, made after the early “smooth rim base” version but before the last and most common beaded version.

Indiana Glass hen in white milkglass

White Milkglass

The era of the “colored” hens (any color other than clear or white) seems to have phased in sometime during the mid to late 1960s, with possibly the amber and the green hens coming into production first, followed by many other colors throughout the 1970s, ’80s and into the 1990s.

Indiana Glass hen dishes show up for sale on ebay and other online venues frequently, and the names by which they are called range widely……  HON (Hen-on-nest) dish, Nut dish, candy dish, trinket dish, relish dish, hen dish, chicken dish, rooster dish, and many other names.

Indiana Glass - Cranberry colored hen

Indiana Glass Hen on Nest dish in “Cranberry”

I’m trying to assemble a list of all of the colors found in these hens.  As with any field of collecting glass, there is confusion on color NAMES, thus one specific, distinct color might be called a particular name by one collector, yet the same exact color may be referred to by an entirely different name by another collector, thus creating confusion and making the total number of distinct colors recorded as higher than in reality.

Indiana Glass hen in amber



From what I have read, so far, it seems the total number of distinct colors range anywhere from 20 to 35 or so. There are also slight color shade differences, and grades of depth of a certain color — for instance, amber may range from a lighter almost yellowish amber, or lean toward a darker orange-amber or “beer bottle brown” amber. This might have happened occasionally if a particular batch didn’t come out exactly as intended (for a number of technical reasons), although normally Indiana Glass products are very consistent as to the exact color shade they were working to achieve.

Indiana Glass hen in midnight blue

Midnight Blue

It appears quite a number of different, yet basically identical molds (to the casual onlooker) were used over many years, as close examination of the fine details of the design show small variations, such as the exact shape and placement of the “feathers”. Also I believe that many, if not most, of the molds were re-cut and/or repaired sometime during their production life.

Emerald Green, head straight-on

"Ruby Red" hen made by Indiana Glass. The color does not extend throughout the glass, but is actually a red coating (flashing) over a light amber glass.

“Ruby Red” hen made by Indiana Glass. The color does not extend throughout the glass, but is actually a red coating (flashing) over a light amber glass.

In order of commonness, (just my own thoughts here…….some of these colors are not that easy to find, and it’s hard to know how “scarce” they really are… ) :   White milkglass,  sometimes called “opaque white” or “milk white”, is probably #1 in abundance, followed by clear (colorless, “crystal” or “flint”),  amber (all shades), olive or “avocado” green, shades of light blue (including cornflower), blue carnival glass, marigold carnival glass, green carnival glass, pink, very pale pink, midnight blue or “smoky” blue, “Horizon” blue,  rich medium emerald green or forest green, lime green, teal (evergreen), aqua carnival, ruby red (stained over amber glass), cranberry (stained/flashed over clear), matte or frosted green, very light green or “pastel green”, yellow, mulberry stain and others.  If you have an expanded list of known colors and/or have them rated as to approximate commonality, please drop me a line with your list, and let’s compare!

Frosted / Satin Green

Frosted / Satin Green

Trivia: Sharp-eyed classic TV show watchers might notice that in some episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show (as early as 1970), an Indiana Glass Company hen can be seen under the counter which separates the kitchen area from the split-level living room. This prop was in the studio set of the apartment that Mary supposedly lived in (the show was set in Minneapolis).  The hen appears to be avocado green (or possibly emerald green?) in color.  This serves to date the first avocado green hens to at least 1970, and probably from the late 1960s.

Indiana Glass- Hen in avocado

Avocado Green

For more information on Indiana Glass Company and the many other products they made over the years, check out this site at: .

Indiana Glass Company was acquired by Lancaster Glass Corporation in 1957, and, along with several other glass manufacturers, became part of the  Lancaster Colony Corporation in 1961.

The Dunkirk, Indiana facility ceased producing glass in 2002.  Glass sold under the name “Indiana Glass” was also produced for a while at their “sister plant” located in Sapulpa, Oklahoma (the former Bartlett-Collins Glass Company plant).

That plant was also shut down (shortly after being purchased by Anchor Hocking Company)  in the summer of 2008.  I’ve been told that most of the glass molds have since been sold as scrap.

The very last Indiana hen-on-nest dishes were apparently produced in 1999 or 2000. If anyone has better information on the exact year they were last manufactured, please contact me!

“Hen on Nest” dishes,  using the term in a general sense, of many different designs, types and colors, have been made by many, many glass companies in the United States since at least the 1870s, if not earlier. Early producers of the hens include Atterbury & Company and Challinor, Taylor & Company, both of Pittsburgh, in the 1880s and 1890s.   Later on, other companies included Westmoreland Glass Company, Imperial Glass Company, L.E. Smith Glass Company, Fenton Art Glass Company, and many others. Hens were also made in porcelain and pottery.

Indiana Glass hen in light blue

Light Blue or Cornflower Blue

Indiana Glass Company hen in amber, tail view

Blue carnival- head shot

Here is a page that discusses the general subject of “Hen-on-nest” dishes, written by glass researcher and hen-on-nest collector Shirley Smith:

This page (on the site) discusses the finer details in distinguishing Fenton Art Glass Company hens: Features and Characteristics of Fenton Glass Hens.

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56 Responses to Indiana Glass Company “Hen-on-Nest” Dishes

  1. Larry sheets says:

    This is just my personal opinion. I don’t think mulberry is a color made by Indiana glass company. If they did, I think there would be more than one or two out there. They probably would have made hundreds if not thousands. I have twenty colors and haven’t been able to find any more.

    • David says:

      Hi Larry,
      I honestly don’t know. Perhaps it is one of the unusual colors reported to be the product of “after market” alteration, by someone in Arkansas? If anyone has more definite information on this, please let us know!

  2. Yogi Bear says:

    Howdy. I was using your site to research W. Brookfield when I spotted this page. I know this isn’t from the company, but I’m wondering if anyone knows what this was part of and from when:
    I dug it in a dirt floor of stuff from 1890 to 190.

    • Yogi Bear says:

      to 1910.

    • David says:

      Hi Yogi,
      You have found a piece of one of the older/earliest types of American white milkglass “hen on nest” dishes; that one was made by either Atterbury & Company (see my page on that company) or Challinor, Taylor & Company, both glass makers located in Pittsburgh, PA. The Challinor Taylor version is listed as “circa 1891-1905” according to Shirley Smith in her book about hen-on-nest dishes. See this picture from ebay auction seller “Estateline”:
      Challinor & Taylor white milkglass hen.
      Hope this helps!

  3. BOb Rawlings says:

    David, Your first answer is so correct. This is the valve and it gets cleaned whenever the mold is taken off the machine. A machine holds 16 molds, and during a long run the molds get dirty and require cleaning. A set of molds normally consists of 24 or 36 molds. These are changed whenever they get dirty or start causing a defect. After many cleanings the metal starts to wear away. When it gets too bad, the mold is refurbished by cutting the design back into the mold. The edges of the valve are subject to more wear than the center. so this area disappears sooner than the rest of the mold.

    Bob Rawlings

  4. Dick Reed says:

    Sorry, when I said, “The circle on the back of the large HONs has nothing to do with the mould or mould marks. At this point in the process the mould is one piece. The circle was intentional.” I misunderstood your comment -This ‘circle’ is not intended as an “Identification mark” per se, but is caused by the way the mold parts are constructed and come together. – thinking you meant the gathering (pouring) of the melted glass into the mould. I since read the reason it was put there to facilitate the automated pickup of the item. It is, in any event, an extra method on ID’ing the hen.

    You are doing a terrific job of helping with the fantastic output of Indiana Glass hens. There are so many of them out there and only one published book that gives them decent coverage. Are you familiar with the book – Glass Hen on Nest Covered Dishes by Shirley Smith. Shirley is, without doubt the, most recognized expert on the subject. JUST hens/roosters without giving valuable space to the hundreds of other Animal Covered Dishes. She is a real stickler on correcting previous errors and making certain any future ones don’t occur. There are eight pages devoted to Indiana colors, color differentials and advice and history of values. I’d be happy to spend a half hour or so in naming the thirty two plus colors but you need the book to realize the slight differences on many of them. If you don’t need to buy one for yourself your local library should be able to find a loaner for you.
    Thanks again for offering help to so many who can’t find it elsewhere.

    • David says:

      Hi Dick,
      I don’t have a copy of her book yet but I do intend to get one soon. I remember when Shirley was discussing glass hens on a yahoo online glass-related forum over ten years ago, and I know from her posts at that time that she is very, very thorough and wanted to do the very best research possible! ~David

      • Gayla Geyer says:

        Hi, I have a few Indiana HON, Im curious as to why the feathers in the circle on the hens back on 2 of my HON (the ruby red one and carnival marigold) are not as defined, almost smooth?

        • David says:

          Hi Gayla,
          There are a number of knowledgeable collectors of these hens, as well as former employees at the factory who frequent my site and who may see your query, and I invite them to come forward with their comments and more authoritative information.
          In the meantime, my own ideas: 1) a particular hen may show less pronounced delineation of the design because that part of the mold (the “circle”) is more worn (getting close to the end of it’s usable “life”) after many thousands of pressings, or (2) that particular mold part was not as intricately or deeply engraved/tooled to begin with, thus the design on the surface of the glass is not quite as sharp and clear. Please keep in mind that those are just my own ideas/suggestions. Any experts out there, please add to this conversation!!

  5. BOb says:

    My comment on the wear of the molds. Most molds are made out of cast Iron. When we put a mold into production, we amortized the life of the mold at 500,000. Some lasted longer and some shorter, but that was an average. A block mold (hen cover) would last much longer that a joint mold. If a heavy patterned mold would loose it’s sharpness it was taken to the mold shop and retooled. When we ran the hens, they were put on the machine for a 100,000 piece run. These were sold as a hash item, meaning they went out at cost for weight of a shipment with other items of value. This would get the buyer a break on freight cost due to the weight.

    Bob Rawlings
    Curator of the Glass Museum

  6. BOb Rawlings says:

    David, We have 15 different colors here at the Museum. I can count several we don’t have so I’m pretty sure we didn’t make more than 24. I think some of our customers bought the plain crystal and painted them different colors. This may be where the confusion comes in.


  7. Bob Rawlings says:

    Sorry, you are so wrong about the mold mark. This is a valve mark. The valve is used to raise the glass out of the mold. This mold is a machine mold. The machine has twelve molds on it and runs about 18 pcs a minute. I’m very familiar with this as I was the plant manager for Indiana Glass and we made thousands of these in different colors.
    When these were made by hand, the mold was turned upside down to release the glass therefore not needing a valve.

    Bob Rawlings
    Curator The glass Museum, Dunkirk, Indiana

    • David says:

      Hi Bob, thank you very much for your knowledgeable input. I really appreciate it!! Also, would you be able to hazard a guess on how many different colors were actually made over the years?
      Best regards,

  8. Dick Reed says:

    Sorry, just found your site and had fun skimming though quickly. Now have to leave. So, have you resolved the Indiana ID part? How about the circle you are going to find on the middle of its back? Right now, that is the only “other” way to verify IG. Maybe already mentioned and I missed it. CYL

    • David says:

      Hello Dick, I’m not positive what you mean exactly, but all of the Indiana Glass Company hens can be easily identified by comparing them to the pics on my webpage, and noting the appearance of the tail (flat, pointing straight backward, not split). All of the Indiana hens, as explained in my text, and as far as I’m aware, do have the round “circle” in the center of the top/back, located immediately behind the “neck” of the hen. However on some of the smaller size hens, the “circle”, which is covered with embossed “feathers”, blends in VERY well with the rest of the surface of the glass so it is hard to make out. But it is there nevertheless. Just to be clear, this ‘circle’ is not intended as an “Identification mark” per se, but is caused by the way the mold parts are constructed and come together. Best regards, David

      • dick reed says:

        Once again, only a few minutes until I must leave for an appointment. Speaking of just the large HONs, there are some 40 verified colors plus the after market ones that have been well accepted – called Ozark Creations, They do a great job coloring the original.
        The circle on the back of the large HONs has nothing to do with the mould or mould marks. At this point in the process the mould is one piece. The circle was intentional. It’s natural for the mould to wear down after 3,000 or so gathers and the definition to fade. CYL

        • David says:

          Hi Dick,
          First of all, can you please send me your list of the 40 verified colors that you are aware of? I have the feeling that the total number of individually distinct colors is closer to 20 or 25, not 40, and I also have the general idea that there are several different color NAMES applied to the SAME color by different collectors, increasing the “perceived” number of different colors. However, I MAY BE WRONG, which is why I am interested in compiling a complete list of known colors of these Indiana hens. Also, your statement about the circle seems to be in disagreement with a post on this webpage submitted by Bob Rawlings, a plant manager at Indiana Glass for 30 years; please scroll down farther on this page to see his comments which were posted on March 12, 2014. He stated that the circle is a “valve mark” and is associated with the removal of the hen from the mold. Take care and I appreciate your comments,

  9. Hi, Just wanted to add something…My 80 year old mother has the small 4-1/2 hen that belonged to my grandmother who was born in 1910. The base basket is a sky blue shade of milk glass with a basket texture and the hen is a fairly dark shade of blue that is a clear type glass.

    • David says:

      Hi Dawn,
      I’m not sure you are describing a hen made by Indiana Glass Company. The color doesn’t sound like any I have seen in the Indiana hens. Can you please email me a pic of that hen, sent to the email address listed at the bottom right-hand corner of any page on this site. Thanks and best regards,

  10. Ray says:

    Can these still be purchased (in large quantities)? Our restaurant chain wants to use these to serve our specialty chicken appetizers in. Thanks, Ray

    • David says:

      Hello Ray,
      As far as the Indiana Glass Company glass hen dishes are concerned, it is my understanding that they were discontinued around the year 2000 (15 years ago as of this writing). There are other glass hens imported from outside the US and available through import companies, through online auction sites, etc, but I have no idea how many could be purchased at one time. Also, these types of colored glass “hens on nest” dishes, in general, are primarily intended for individual / home decorative use, NOT for hard, constant, repeated use in a restaurant or other foodservice/institutional environment. As far as I am aware, there are no other American glass companies that produce a similar hen (in large quantities, by machine, as Indiana Glass did). Sorry, but I have no authoritative information to answer your question adequately. You might try contacting some of the import companies/distributors who do business buying large quantities of glass products from companies in Asia or elsewhere. Best regards, David

  11. Howard says:

    How were these dishes typically used? Were they used to serve food items like chicken soup, or to hold non edibles?

    • David says:

      Hi Howard,
      Hen-on-nest dishes were (and still are) used for anything and everything, only limited by the owner’s imagination. Just a few popular uses: “Knick-knick dish” to hold coins, keys, buttons, marbles, paper clips or other miscellaneous small items; dish for mere decorative use (because of glass color or form) thus fitting into a particular color scheme / as a focal point in a shelf grouping of various items; egg salad, potato salad or chicken salad serving dish; nut dish; candy dish; dish to serve boiled eggs or deviled eggs; soap-holding dish in a bathroom. The list is almost unlimited.

  12. curlen says:

    I have a black chicken in a imperial dish (yellow) don’t know if it is a real “set” can u tell me anything? Curlenm

  13. Michael says:

    Very interesting page. So much to learn! Would you mind elaborating on what you mean by split or solid tail? Thank you.

    • David says:

      Michael, here is a pic of a small milkglass Imperial Glass Company hen, compared to an Indiana Glass Company hen. ALL Indiana Glass Company hens have a “flattened” or “flat tail”, as shown in the picture. Also if you scroll down to near the bottom of my article, there is a picture of the rear (tail) area of an amber Indiana Glass hen. Any glass hen that does NOT have this “flattened” tail is NOT a product of Indiana Glass. Hope this helps,

  14. Bob Rawlings says:

    Indiana Glass to my knowledge never made a Hen in Black. They made just about every other color but black was not one. Several European and Asian companies did, but it would be impossible to tell which one with out a picture.

    Bob Rawlings
    Curator Glass museum
    Dunkirk, Indiana.

  15. Dayna Rockage says:

    Hi David, I have a HON all black with gold trim. This was my grandmother’s. It was given to her in Scotland when she was a little girl by a woman she used to help bake bread. I see no markings on it at all. She passed away at age 83 about 56 years ago. How do I find out any information about this.

    • David says:

      Sorry, Dayna, but my page is about Indiana Glass hens, and I don’t know much about other glass hens. It is possible it was made in the US or Europe. A good reference book which describes many hens was written by Shirley Smith……
      I don’t have a copy of that book so I don’t know if she would have info that could shed light on your hen. Most of the earlier hens from the late 1800s were made in white milkglass, or occasionally in “slag glass” (“marbled” white and purple milk glass). If the hen was made in Europe, it may be much more difficult to uncover info on actual manufacturer.
      Best regards, David

  16. Terri Campbell says:

    What colors are the most rare? My mother has been collecting hens on a nest for many years. She said the “yellow” was the hardest for her to find. Is yellow the rarest color?

    • David says:

      Hi Terri,
      I’m assuming you are asking about the Indiana Glass Company hens, and not “hens in general”. If you read all of the text I’ve written on this page, I’ve already included a list of known colors and my own uneducated opinion on their approximate rarity, from most common to least common. I can say that the white milkglass hen is the MOST common, and clear and amber are close runner-ups, but all bets are off with the hens on the rare end of the scale.
      I have also asked for input from readers and NO ONE has written to tell me which colors they believe to be the hardest to find. So I assume that no one really knows for sure……or is interested enough in the subject to suggest to other collectors which ones seem to be the scarcest.
      Best regards, David

      • Nathan Downs says:

        In my personal opinion, “Mullberry” is the rarest color out there. I’ve seen one picture online of one. So, I know it exists. But, I’ve never seen one for sale; neither online or in person.

  17. Lori says:

    Would you happen to know if Indiana Glass marked any of their products? I have a fairy lamp allegedly from Indiana Glass, but the only identifying mark is a 1/4″ circle on the base, which seems to be the identifying mark for Indiana Glass. However, I found information that indicated an identifying mark, “LCC” may have been stamped on the glass. Any information would be greatly appreciated.


    • David says:

      Hi Lori,
      As I mention on this page: , practically all Indiana Glass Company glassware is unmarked. I’m not aware that Indiana Glass ever used a “circle” as an identifying mark, although their glass hen-on-nest dishes do have a characteristic “circle” mark in the center of the back, (part of the mold structure)…. such a feature is NOT intended as an identifying logo or marking for Indiana Glass. A few items were marked with ‘LCC’ (Lancaster Colony Corporation) after LCC acquired Indiana Glass, but the great majority of Indiana Glass pieces are NOT marked. Just assume your fairy lamp was NOT made by Indiana Glass unless proven otherwise by concrete evidence (catalog listings or advertisements, or an original box showing illustration and description).

  18. Nicole says:

    Does anyone know the value of a red indiana glass hen on nest?

    • David says:

      Hi Nicole, there is no “official” market value for a ruby red colored Indiana Glass hen-on-nest dish. (Keep in mind this is not a true ruby red, but a “flashed” or “stained” red coating on amber glass.)
      My advice (for what it’s worth) is to do a “saved search” on ebay, including search terms such as “Indiana Glass red hen dish” (without quotes). You will receive automatic emails from ebay with a list of posted items that include the search terms you have specified. Over a period of several weeks or months you may get a general idea on how much a typical hen of this color sells at auction. Actual ending prices can vary quite a bit from auction to auction. Just a tiny bit of damage (chip or nick) can make a considerable difference in the selling price. And I’m refering to the actual ending/selling prices [by searching ebay’s “completed auctions”] NOT the mininum bid or “buy it now” price which may or may not be highly unrealistic—– since many sellers on ebay have no idea what they have, what it could be worth, and so will put a wildly optimistic (too high) minimum price when first listing an item on ebay.
      Hope this helps,

      • Tammy Berry says:

        I purchased a red Indiana Glass hen a couple of years ago for $25.00. I felt very fortunate to have found it for that price. Usually, they are listed for $100.00.

        • David says:

          Tammy, I sent you a reply via email and got a “mailer daemon” indicating your email address as invalid. (Probably a typo in the email you supplied?). In any case, thank you for your comment. Did you find it at a flea market or antique shop, or did you buy it on ebay?
          It seems like the price for some of those “harder to find” hens from Indiana is so unpredictable. Especially on ebay, the ending price can vary a lot, and I think it is just a combination of “luck”, how many days an item is listed, the condition of the hen — i.e. if there is any wear, scratching or chipping, the choice of a title and the keywords used in an item description, and exactly how many collectors around the country happen to run across a particular ebay auction and bid on it. If you get two or three bidders that want an item, they can get caught in a “bidding war” and a particular piece can go up and up, and end up selling for a lot more than it is “really” worth.

          Also, keep in mind that a lot of sellers (especially on sites such as ebay, etsy, and don’t really know what a particular hen is worth and they may put a very high “asking price”, “minimum bid” or “buy it now” price on it that may be totally unrealistic. In many cases, a hen may not actually sell until the price is lowered. On ebay, the only way to get a better idea of “realistic” collectible market values is to search the COMPLETED ITEMS and see what the actual selling prices were, not the asking price or minimum bid.

          Take care,

          • Nathan Downs says:

            You did really good finding one for $25! I hunted for a red one for years, and once I finally found one in an antique mall, the vendor wanted $100. I ended up getting it for $80. So yes, you’re very fortunate.

  19. Billi says:

    Hi, I have a almost irridecent HON, that is Indiana glass, at least I believe it is, it has the mold on top and the tail is correct, yet I do not see a red, the one I have is much darker than the cranberrie. is there a red one?

    • David says:

      Hi Billi, Yes there is a Ruby Red glass hen made by Indiana Glass. However, it is not a “true” ruby red, meaning that the glass color itself is not a true red throughout the glass. (And it is not really “irridescent”). Indiana’s “Ruby Red” is actually an amber (light straw or yellowish color) glass that has been “flashed” with a red surface color stain. On hens that have been worn or scratched, the color may be starting to come off in places, such as on the very bottom. At the current time I don’t have a pic of a ruby red one on my webpage, but I will try to upload a picture later today. (The pictures on this page show just some of the Indiana hen colors known……….not all of them.). Thanks for writing! David

      • Billi Chavez says:

        Thanks David, That was helpful, The color is coming off on a few spots on the bottom, Thank you much for the info. and I would love to see the pic if you upload. Billi

        • Billi Chavez says:

          Oh I see the pic. yep that’s my Hen. Did they make miniture HON’s? In black? I have two of them also and besides the red and a cranberrie, which I now know the makers of, I can not find the makers of these. Billi

          • David says:

            Hi Billi,
            I’m fairly sure that Indiana Glass never made their smaller hens in any colors other than clear and white milkglass. Your black hens would be from a different maker. I’m certainly not an expert on hen-on nest dishes in general, but keep in mind that TONS of different colored hens have been imported from Asia in recent years. ~David

          • Sharon Hatt says:

            Billi – I was intrigued by your mention of a black HON and I saw one in the photo gallery/commemorative section of a site that David cited on this page. Here is the link. The National Milk Glass Collectors made a black hen to commemorate their convention one year. Checking it out might give you some more information about your black miniature HONs.

      • Bob Rawlings says:

        David, I was plant manager at Indiana glass, working at the factory from 1962 to 1992. The red is a plastic paint that was first applied on clear glass, but due to the paint coming off (because it was not fired into the glass), the color of glass was changed to amber which was not as noticeable when the paint came off. The small circle on the back of the cover is a valve mark. The valve raises up raising the glass out of the mold allowing a automatic takeout to get the glass piece.

        Bob Rawlings

        • David says:

          Hello Bob, and THANK YOU very much for your information! I will make a slight edit to the text (including mention of the “circle” being a valve mark) and pointing toward your post on this webpage.


  20. tammy says:

    what are they worth?

    • David says:

      Hi Tammy,
      The purpose of my site is not really to appraise items, but just give some basic info on history. However, to get a rough idea on value of the different colors, I would suggest that you study online auctions (ebay) over a period of time. See what prices they actually sell for (by checking COMPLETED AUCTIONS), not what the seller is asking as a minimum bid or as a “Buy it Now” price. Many of these hens are listed with a very high starting bid that is unrealistic, and so the piece doesn’t actually sell until the minimum bid or asking price is lowered. Of course, the more common colors will sell for less than the scarcer colors. Hope this helps,

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