NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The Fostoria Glass Society hosted its 13th Annual Elegant and Depression Glass Show and Sale July 21-22 in the Exhibitors Building at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville, Tenn. Twenty-four dealers from 16 different states filled the building with American-made glassware and pottery in many patterns and colors.
Attendance at the show was down slightly from last year with fewer than 400 paid admissions. If club members and dealers are included, the total attendance was around 450. Although fewer attended the show, most dealers seemed to be pleased with their sales.
Many of the attendees took advantage of the three seminars offered at the show to learn more about the history of glass making in America. Jack Peacock, a nationally known dealer from North Carolina, presented a seminar on the Tiffin and U.S. Glass companies. Although he focused on the relationship between Tiffin Glass Co. and U.S. Glass Co., he told of visiting the Tiffin factory as a youngster and being intrigued with the glass-making process. Throughout his presentation, he showed examples to illustrate the unique finishes and items such as vanity lamps made by Tiffin.
The second seminar on Saturday illustrated many of the patterns, colors and types of tableware made by Fostoria Glass Co. before 1920. This genre of glass is usually classified as Early American Pattern Glass (EAPG), and many collectors of Fostoria glass are not familiar with these patterns.
Harold Roth, a member of the Fostoria Glass Society, led the seminar. He also discussed and illustrated milk glass reissues in the 1950s of some of these patterns, and reissues in lead crystal in the 1970s as part of Fostoria’s Centennial II collection of glassware.
On Sunday, Sandi Bridwell-Walker, a dealer from Texas, presented a seminar on Glass Myths and Old Wives Tales. She talked about the myths that she had heard when she started as a glass dealer. Her presentation began with a discussion of myths associated with Mary Gregory glass and ended with the myth that ruby glass is made by adding a gold coin to the hot glass mixture.
In addition to the seminars, the inventory displayed by the dealers gave attendees the opportunity to learn more about American-made glassware and pottery. For example, Franciscan pottery was offered by Ernest and Joan Thomason from Georgia, who had a covered casserole in the Desert Rose pattern priced at $140, a soup tureen in the Apple pattern priced at $375 and a round vegetable bowl in the Ivy pattern for $40. They also had a variety of Roseville pottery including a teapot in the Snowberry pattern for $460 and a Pine Cone bud vase for $425.
Linda and Dale Riendeau from Minnesota had several pieces of Fiesta ware and Homer Laughlin’s Harlequin pattern. Fiesta coffee pots in various colors were priced at $325 to $625, and a Fiesta stacked refrigerator set was $395. In Harlequin, a light green butter and a Monroe blue butter were priced at $175 each.
Early pressed glass was available in several booths, including Don Jones and Danny Cornelius from Ohio, who had a bowl in Fostoria’s Valencia pattern priced at $120. David and Linda Adams from Nevada had several pieces of Fostoria’s Victoria pattern, including a frosted spoon priced at $120, an unfrosted syrup was $185, and an unfrosted rose bowl was $165.
Ed Sawicki of New Jersey was a new dealer at the show this year. He had a collection of blue Cambridge Caprice and Duncan & Miller Caribbean for sale. A pair of double candlesticks in the Caribbean pattern was priced at $350 a pair and a pair of Cambridge triple candlesticks was $285 a pair.
Next year’s show will be held the third weekend of July. Proceeds are used to support the Fostoria Glass Museum in Moundsville, W.Va., and other organizations that preserve the history and artistry of American glassmakers.