Elegant, Depression glass collectors celebrate 10th anniversary of Nashville show

NASHVILLE – One of the South’s premier glass shows will reach a milestone anniversary this summer when the 10th annual Elegant and Depression Glass Show and Sale is held in Nashville, Tenn., on July 18-19, 2009.  The show will be at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds; show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday.  Admission is $5 per person and is good for both days. Parking is free.

The show and sale provides the opportunity for collectors to view and buy American-made glassware from nationally known dealers. Dealers from as far away as Texas and Florida will bring both common and rare pieces of elegant and Depression glass to exhibit and sell. Because most makers of this glassware, including Fostoria, Heisey, Imperial, Cambridge, and Tiffin, are no longer in business, the best way to acquire authentic pieces of their production is from dealers who are knowledgeable about the colors and patterns made by various manufacturers. The show dealers are always happy to share their vast knowledge with collectors and admirers of American glassware.  

Although the main focus of the show is on elegant and Depression glass, dealers will also bring other types of collectible glassware and pottery.  Donald Jones and Danny Corenelius will fill a booth with Early American Pattern Glass (EAPG), which is highly collectible glass tableware manufactured in many patterns in the 19th and early 20th centuries. They will also have copies of the book, Early American Pattern Glass Cake Stands and Serving Pieces, which they coordinated for publication with authors Bettye James and Jan M. O’brien. Many of the cake stands illustrated in the book are from the Jones/Corenelius collection that they displayed at the show last year.  

In addition to American-made glassware, many dealers also bring pieces of American made pottery from defunct manufacturers such as McCoy, Shawnee, Roseville and Weller. Many pottery manufacturers made vases, planters, and cookie jars that have decorative and utilitarian use in today’s life styles.

Again this year, a glass repair booth will be available on Saturday for those who have damaged glass. Paul Boyd of Murfreesboro, Tenn., will be available to remove chips, smooth edges and polish scratches.

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 glassmakers.

For more information about the show, contact the show manager, Bob Fuller, at 615-223-0816 or fullerre@comcast.net.