NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Dealers at the 11th annual elegant and depression glass show held in Nashville, Tenn., July 17-18, were pleased with sales.
Although total attendance was down slightly from the 2009 show, more than 500 people attended the show over the two-day period to admire and buy American-made glassware and pottery. Show chairperson, Bob Fuller, noted, “Dealers seemed happy with sales, and some said it was one of the best shows they had ever had.”
In addition to the glassware and pottery offered for sale, this year’s show featured three seminars on different aspects of American-made glassware.
Approximately 40 people attended a seminar on Early American Pressed Glass (EAPG) cake stands by Don Jones of D&D Antique Glass from Ohio on Saturday. He and Danny Cornelius are co-authors of two books on pressed glass, American Pattern Glass Table Sets and Early American Pattern Glass Cake Stands and Service Pieces. They had a booth at the show and displayed many patterns of EAPG.
The other two seminars focused on Fostoria’s American pattern. On Saturday, expert Pat Fuller showed examples of American pattern pieces in various colors that were made by Fostoria from the start of production in 1915 until the plant closed in 1986. In the second seminar, Fuller and Larry Robertson focused on glassware patterns that many collectors confuse with the American pattern. They pointed out differences and similarities among the patterns and offered pointers on how to distinguish the patterns. Both of the seminars were well attended and generated questions from the participants.
The 20 dealers at the show had their usual wide variety of elegant and depression glass ranging from common to rare pieces. Carolyn and Glen Robinson from South Carolina had many depression glass patterns in various colors. A highlight of their booth was a large collection of the New Century pattern in green. New Century was made by Hazel-Atlas Glass Company from 1930 to 1935. A decanter was priced at $145, a covered casserole bowl at $135, and cocktails were $59 each.
Elegant glass was prominently displayed by several dealers. Sharon and Pat Ervin of Illinois had a Fostoria American punch bowl with a high stand for $300, an American stretch vase for $250, and American punch cups for $7 each. They also had several pieces of Tiffin glass including a green vase for $95, and a green bud vase for $45.
Sandy Birdwell-Walker of Texas had many pieces of Seneca Glass Company’s driftwood pattern in many colors. A red pitcher was priced at $130 and a blue pitcher was $85. She also had elegant glass made by New Martinsville, Belmont, and Paden City glass companies.
Collectors and decorators who were more interested in accessory items than dinnerware had many vases, planters, and go-with items to pick from. Patty and Bill Foti from Florida had several vases including a Consolidated Dance of the Nudes vase for $500; a Cambridge Crown Tuscan vase for $175; and a Cambridge Sea Shell vase for $145. A Phoenix Dance of the Nudes blue vase was priced at $550.
Joan and Ernest Thomason of Georgia had several Roseville vases in their booth. A Pine Cone bud vase was priced at $425 and a 1924 Futura vase was $375. They also had a Fiesta 8-inch Turquoise vase at $650, a Fenton silver crest epergne for $250, and a silver crest tall fan vase for $150.
Fenton crest pieces were also available from Paula and Darnell Davis from Florida. They had an aqua crest epergne for $725, an emerald crest sugar and creamer for $75, and emerald crest plates for $45 each. They also had several pieces of Fostoria’s coin pattern including an amber urn for $125, a blue lamp for $275, and a ruby nappy for $35.
Lorrie Kitchen and Mark Hunter of Ohio offered kitchen canisters with prices from $39 to $99; head vases ranging in price from $60 to $150; and a Shawnee Dutch Girl cookie jar for $159. A Fry black footed ivy ball vase in their booth was $90.
The show was hosted by The Fostoria Glass Society of Tennessee, a chapter of the Fostoria Glass Society of America. Proceeds from the show are used to support the Fostoria Glass Museum in Moundsville, W.Va., and other organizations that preserve the history and artistry of American glassmakers. ?
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