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New events added to Nashville Glass Show schedule

Posted on Monday, June 9, 2014 at 3:14 pm

Nashville, TN – The 15th Annual Elegant and Depression Glass Show and Sale in Nashville, TN, on July 19 and 20, 2014, will again provide glassware collectors and enthusiasts with the opportunity to buy American-made glassware and pottery from nationally-known dealers.  In addition, attendees at this year’s show will find some new features to enhance their show experience.   As in the past, the show will offer seminars on glass topics and a display of one of Fostoria Glass Company’s most popular patterns.  New to the show this year will be a glass repairer, and on Sunday, members of the Fostoria Glass Society of Tennessee (FGST) will provide a glass identification service.


The show and sale will be held in the Exhibitor Building at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville, TN.  Parking will be free if a show card or ad is presented at the entrance gate.  Admission is $6.00 per person and is good for both days.  Show hours are 10 am. to 5 pm. on Saturday and 11 am. to 3 pm. on Sunday.


The featured display will be Fostoria’s Coin Pattern which was made from 1958 to 1982.  A coin pattern was originally produced by Central Glass Works in 1892, but its production was stopped because the coins were considered to be counterfeits of actual U. S. coins.    The coins on the Fostoria pieces are not depictions of actual coins so production continued for many years.


Fostoria’s coin pattern consists of over 50 different pieces in various colors including ruby red, blue, emerald green, olive green, amber, and crystal.   Although the coins are frosted on most pieces, unfrosted and gold-decorated coin pieces exist.  The display will be open throughout the show, and it will provide examples of all the colors and many of the different pieces.    Members of FGST will present a seminar on the coin pattern on Saturday at 1 pm.


Another seminar on Saturday at 3 pm. will feature cordials and will be presented by Terry Naas, an FGST member.  Cordials were manufactured by many glass companies as part of their stemware lines.  They were used for after-dinner drinks that were often served with desserts.   Generally, they are smaller than typical wine glasses and may be made from thinner glass.  Terry will use her collection of Fostoria cordials as the basis for the seminar.


Sunday’s seminar at 1 pm. will focus on depression glass and will be presented by Glen and Carolyn Robinson who are also FGST members.  They are from South Carolina and have been dealers at the show for many years.  They specialize in depression glass and are knowledgeable about the history and current trends in collecting depression glass.


New to the show this year will be glass repair by Angela Boudreaux.  She will be available throughout the show to smooth chipped glass and make minor repairs.   She is from Mississippi,and her restoration service is Antique Restoration Studio.


On Sunday, members of FGST will provide a glass identification service for attendees who have elegant and depression glass patterns that are unknown to them.   Glassware to be identified will be tagged at the front table and then taken to the id booth.  There is no additional charge for the id service, but it will be provided only on Sunday.


While the Coin Glass display, the seminars, and the id service all enhance the glass show experience, the main feature of the show is still the wide variety of glassware available from the dealers.  The show focuses on elegant and depression glassware from American manufacturers, but dealers will also offer early American pattern glass (EAPG), American-made pottery, kitchen items, and other vintage glassware.  Most of the manufacturers of this glassware are no longer in business, and the only place where most “Made in USA” glassware can be purchased today is at antique stores and shows that are devoted to vintage glassware.


The dealers will offer both common and rare pieces of depression and elegant glass at the show.  Depression glass is the colorful glassware that was inexpensive when produced in the 1930s to 1950s.  Most depression glass is machine molded, and many pieces were given away as premiums in flour or cereal to encourage customers to buy the product.  Companies such as Hocking, Jeanette, Federal, and Hazel-Atlas made many of the collectible patterns of depression glass.


Elegant glass is generally higher quality glass than depression glass.  It was often hand blown and finished with cuttings and etchings.  Elegant glass was produced by companies such as Fostoria, Heisey, Tiffin, Cambridge, Fenton, Morgantown, Duncan-Miller, and Imperial.


The show is hosted by the Fostoria Glass Society of Tennessee, a chapter of the Fostoria Glass Society of America.  Proceeds are used to support the Fostoria Glass Museum in Moundsville, WV, and other venues devoted to the history and preservation of American-made glassware.  Additional information about the show is available at www.fostoria-tennessee.com and www.facebook.com/fostoriaglass.tn .