Dealers show rare and unusual items at Nashville glass show

NASHVILLE – The Fostoria Glass Society of Tennessee hosted its 10th Annual Elegant and Depression Glass Show and Sale July 18-19. Because of an increase in the number of dealers this year, the show was moved to a larger building at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds. A total of 23 dealers from as far away as Texas, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Florida offered a wide variety of glassware, pottery and kitchen items from American manufacturers.

Attendance was about the same as 2008. Paid attendance on Saturday exceeded 400 and some of those returned on Sunday. With club members and returnees included, total attendance for both days was around 600.

The show offered something for anyone who has an interest in elegant and Depression glassware made by American glass companies in the 20th century. In addition to dinnerware and serving pieces, many dealers seemed to have glass animals and figurines prominently displayed in their booths.

Jack Peacock of North Carolina had several Cambridge figural flower centers priced from $300 to $650. Peacock also had Fostoria Rebecca at the Well candleholders in a rare blue color for $185 a pair. Other rarities in his booth included two animal cigarette holders by Cooperative Flint Glass Company. A clear bulldog holder was priced at $265 and a pink elephant holder was $165.

Patti and Bill Foti of Florida had a collection of swans by Cambridge Glass Company. Green ones ranged in price from $95 for a small swan to $850 for a large one. Pink swans were priced from $115 to $225 each. They also had an assortment of Cambridge statuesque stemware displayed. Champagnes were priced at $225 each and table goblets in Royal Blue were $395 each. A frosted-stem ivy ball was priced at $525.

Lorie Kitchen and Mark Hunter of Ohio had several birds and animals made by Viking Glass Company. A glass whale was priced at $19.50; small birds were $29.50 each; a red duck was $22.50; and a long-tailed bird candy box was $39.50.

One of the most rare glass animals at the show may have been a crystal swan made by the A. H. Heisey Glass Company between 1947 and 1953. It was priced at $1,795 in the booth of Janet and Wanda Wasson of Indiana.

Although all dealers had a wide assortment of glassware at the show, several also had pottery and china from American manufacturers. Joan and Ernest Thomason of Georgia had many pieces of Fiesta and Franciscan wares in their booth. Donald McMahan of Tennessee had a large set of Autumn Leaf china, and Steve Fulps of Tennessee had a set of Franciscan china in the apple pattern.

Again this year, authors Danny Cornelius and Don Jones from Ohio had a booth filled with early American pattern glass. Their glassware has been used to illustrate two books on pattern glass.

Proceeds from the show are used to support the Fostoria Glass Museum in Moundsville, W.Va. and other museums devoted to American glassware.

The next annual show is scheduled for July 17-18, 2010.