Nashville glass show, sale includes seminar on Fostoria’s ‘Navarre’ pattern

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Elegant glass examples like these U.S. Glass Factory acid-etched goblets will be available at the show and sale July 16-17. Conestoga Auction Co., Manheim, Pa., sold this set of six glasses March 12, 2011 for $150. Photo courtesy LiveAuctioneers.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The 12th Annual Elegant and Depression Glass Show and Sale will be held at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville, Tenn., July 16-17. Show hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 per person and is good for both days; parking is free.

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Approximately 20 antique and vintage Depression glass dealers will exhibit a large variety of glassware made by American manufacturers, many of which are no longer in business. Dealers from Florida, Texas, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kansas, Louisiana, Indiana, South Carolina, Kentucky and Tennessee are scheduled to participate.

The building will be filled with both common and rare pieces of depression and elegant glassware in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors.

Depression glass is the colorful glassware made in the 1920s and ’30s in many patterns by companies such as Federal, Hazel-Atlas, Hocking and Jeanette. Elegant glass is generally higher quality than depression glass and is often etched or cut with intricate patterns showing the skills of American glass workers. Major producers of elegant glass include Cambridge, Fostoria, Heisey, Imperial, New Martinsville, Tiffin and Westmoreland.

In addition to elegant and depression glass, items such as lamps, vases, planters, and figurines made by American potters will be offered. Makers include Hall, McCoy, Roseville, Shawnee and Weller.

Three seminars will be presented to help educate collectors about the history and artistry of American-made glassware. At 1 p.m. July 16, Pam and Fred Meyer from Texas will discuss and illustrate the differences between elegant and depression glass. They are well-known dealers and promoters of glass shows.

Fostoria’s “Navarre” pattern will be featured in another seminar, which will be presented by members of the Fostoria Glass Society of Tennessee who have extensive collections of the pattern. The seminar will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday.

At 1 p.m. July 17 authors Danny Cornelius and Don Jones will present a seminar on pattern glass. They are the co-authors of two books on pressed glass: “American Pattern Glass Table Sets” and “Early American Pattern Glass Cake Stands and Service Pieces.”

The Fostoria Glass Society of Tennessee, a chapter of the Fostoria Glass Society of America, hosts the show. 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 glass makers.

For more information about the Nashville Glass Show, email or contact show manager Bob Fuller at 615-223-0816.

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Fostoria's delicate "Navarre" pattern will be the subject of one of the seminars at the 12th Annual Elegant and Depression Glass Show and Sale. A set of 12 claret wine glasses sold for $400 at Gulfcoast Coin & Jewelry's (Ft. Myers, Fla.) Dec. 5, 2010 auction.

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