Contact: Fostoria Glass Society of Tennessee
625 Smith Ave
Glass Show Location
Nashville, TN 37203
100 Years of Fostoria’s American Pattern To Be
The 16th Annual Elegant and Depression Glass Show and Sale will be held on July 18-19 at The Fairgrounds Nashville in Nashville, TN. Over 20 dealers from eleven states will fill the Exhibitor Building with a wide variety of American-made glassware and pottery. The show will be open from 10 am to 5 pm on Saturday, July 18, and from 11 am to 3 pm on Sunday, July 19. Admission is $6 per person and is good for both days. Provide a show card at the gate for free parking.
This year’s show celebrates the 100th anniversary of the start of production of Fostoria Glass Company’s American pattern. American is one of Fostoria’s best-known patterns, and it was manufactured continuously from 1915 until the factory closed in 1986. Its long production period resulted in many different pieces including serving pieces, dinnerware, barware, stemware and vases. Although the pattern is most commonly found in crystal, it was also made in other colors. Some of the pieces are rare, but others are common and can be used for everyday meals or for special occasions. A display of American will include many of the pieces that were made over its long production period.
As part of the celebration of American’s 100th anniversary, a seminar at 1 pm on Saturday will focus on the pattern. Larry Robertson will lead a seminar titled “Fostoria American: Variations, Deceiving Similarities, and Other Oddities.” He is an American collector who has identified many of the differences that make some variations of pieces more desirable than others. Both beginning and advanced collectors will benefit from attending the seminar.
Other seminars will be held at 3 pm on Saturday and at 1 pm on Sunday. Shelia Roy will present the 3 pm Saturday seminar on the Rock Crystal pattern that was manufactured by The McKee Glass Company from 1922 to 1931. She will have examples of many of the different items and colors that were manufactured in the pattern.
The seminar at 1 pm on Sunday will be on a specific type of glassware, Fostoria cordials, rather than a specific pattern. Cordials are small glasses on stems similar to wine glasses except they are usually smaller and of thinner glass. They were used to serve after-dinner drinks when formal entertaining was common. Terry Naas has an extensive collection of Fostoria cordials and will lead the seminar. All seminars are free to attendees.
Dealers at the show will have a wide variety of glassware to show and sell. In addition to Fostoria’s American pattern, they will offer other elegant glass patterns, depression glassware, early American pattern glass (EAPG), and American-made pottery from companies such as Roseville, Weller, Shawnee, and McCoy. All dealers are very knowledgeable about glassware, and they are always happy to answer questions that attendees may have.
Dealers who have indicated they will be at the show include:
The Fostoria Glass Society of Tennessee is a chapter of the Fostoria Glass Society of American. Proceeds from the show are used to support the Fostoria Glass Museum in Moundsville, WV, and other museums and programs devoted to preserving the history and heritage of American-made glassware.