Elegant and Depression glass show takes place in Tennessee

The Fostoria Glass Society of Tennessee (FGST) held its 9th Annual Elegant and Depression Glass Show and Sale in Nashville, Tenn., on July 12-13, 2008. Total attendance for the two days was around 600.

Nineteen dealers were set up from states as far away as Nevada and Texas. Other dealers were from the Midwest, south, and eastern sections of the US. In addition to the dealers, the FGST had a booth where members showed and sold glassware to raise funds for the club, and an FGST member, Paul Boyd, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., provided glass repair services to dealers and customers

Although the show’s emphasis is on elegant and Depression glass, dealers bring other American-made glassware and pottery to the show. Sandi Boone of Illinois had several pieces of carnival glass ranging in price from $35 to $195. Danny Cornelius and Don Jones of Florida also had some carnival glass although their specialty is early American pattern glass. This year they displayed many cake stands which will be featured in a new book they are authoring with Bettye James and Jan M. O’Brien.

Rare and unusual items in elegant glass were offered by many dealers. Patti Foti of Florida had several pieces of Cambridge Ebony glassware with a Rockwell silver overlay decoration.A cigarette box was priced at $275 and a vase at $110. Jack Peacock of North Carolina had a pair of 12-inch candelabras in the Old Williamsburg pattern by Heisey for $595. He also had a pair of 2-lite candelabras in the Sahara color in the same pattern for $1,495.

Members of the FGST had several rare pieces of Fostoria’s American pattern in their club booth. A hair receiver was priced at $1,000, a pickle jar with glass lid was $750, and a pair of hurricane lamps complete with globes was priced at $750.

Attendees who were interested in American-made pottery could find many interesting and useful items at the show. Steve Fulps of Tennessee had a large number of pieces of Desert Rose China. Ernest and Joan Thomason of Georgia had Fiesta China in many different colors, and Pay Meyer of Texas showed Hull Pottery in many different patterns.

Although rare and unusual items in elegant glass were available, those who wanted less expensive items to use or to give as gifts had a wide variety of glassware to chose from. John and Jane Schieinzer of Texas had an assortment of Fire King glassware by Hocking. Mugs decorated with a pheasant decal were $8 each and a set of mixing bowls in turquoise was $95. Wendell and Janet Martin of Ohio had several lamps in the moon and star pattern priced from $48 to $95. Glen and Carolyn Robinson of South Carolina had a candlesticks in many patterns priced from $38 to $175 a pair. Sandy Bridwell-Walker of Texas had a large assortment of decorative glass animals from $25 to $125.

Proceeds from the show are used to support museums devoted to American glassware including the Fostoria Glass Museum in Moundsville, W.V. Bob Fuller served as show chairperson. Next year’s show is scheduled for July 18-19, 2009.