Fostoria Glass Society of Tennessee
Fostoria’s Coin Pattern Displayed at Nashville Glass Show
The Fostoria Glass Society of Tennessee (FGST) hosted its 15th annual elegant and depression glass show and sale on Saturday and Sunday, July 19 and 20, at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville. Twenty-two dealers from 13 different states filled the Exhibitor Building with an array of colorful American-made glassware and pottery.
Dealers at the show were:
The featured glass display at the show was Fostoria Glass Company’s Coin Pattern, No. 1372, made from 1958 to 1982. Most of the items on display came from the collection of FGST member, David Kowalski. The display included examples of each of the pieces in the pattern and examples of all the colors. Also shown was a rare coin glass display sign as well as examples of advertisements for the coin pattern.
On Saturday, FGST member, Larry Duke, led a seminar on the coin pattern with about 30 persons in attendance. He noted that coin glass was originally made in the 1890s by the Central Glass Company of Wheeling, WV, but production was stopped after five months when the US Treasury Department declared that the use of images of actual coins constituted a form of counterfeiting and ordered production to cease. The “coins” on the Fostoria pieces are medallions rather than images of coins so counterfeiting was not an issue. One of the coins shows an eagle and another is referred to as the “Colonial Head.” Most of the coins are dated 1887 which is the date of the founding of Fostoria Glass Company in Fostoria, Ohio.
The second seminar on Saturday was on Fostoria’s Louise pattern and was led by FGST member, Harold Roth. The Louise pattern was originally made in crystal and crystal with gold decorations from 1902 to 1907, and it is one of the Fostoria patterns now classified as early American pattern glass (EAPG). The company also produced Louise compotes in milk glass, ruby glass, and lead crystal in the 1950s to 1970s. Examples of various pieces were shown.
On Sunday, Glen Robinson, a dealer and FGST member, presented a program on Depression Glass 101. He discussed the history of depression glass, where it was made, the patterns and colors of the glass, and reproductions that have been made since depression glass became a popular collectible. Approximately 20 persons attended Glen’s presentation.
Many of the dealers supported the coin glass display by offering coin glass. Jonathan Fields from Missouri was a new dealer this year, and he had several pieces of coin glass in the ruby color. A wedding bowl was priced at $75, a vase was $38, and a candy was $55. He also had many glass animals from various manufacturers. From Viking Glass, long tailed birds were priced from $28 to $90 each, fish from $50 to $180, and roosters from $45 to $120. Seal candlesticks by New Martinsville Glass Co. were $145 for the pair.
Brooke and Larry Newton from Florida also had coin glass. A clear condiment set was $65, an emerald green candy was $80, and a pair of candlesticks with Avon coins was priced at $50. They also had a mid-century modern fishbowl vase in pink designed by George Sakier, manufactured by Fostoria Glass Co., and priced at $200.
Early American Pattern Glass was available at the booth of Jerry Laitinen and Jerry Easterla from Iowa. A clear US Glass Company electric lamp with original shade was priced at $1,495 and an oil lamp from the same company was $1,500. Other oil lamps were $195 to $335. Pickle castors in various patterns were priced from $475 to $595, and a condiment set in the Dakota pattern was $1,550.
As usual, the dealers had both rare and common pieces of elegant and depression glass. Sandy Bridwell-Walker of Ohio had a set of Fostoria’s June pattern in yellow. Individual pieces were priced from $38 to $85. A Fostoria #2083 salad dressing bottle with #279 etch was priced at $995 and a #2378 sugar pail was $335. She also had many pieces in the Crinkle pattern by Morgantown Glass and in the Driftwood pattern by Seneca Glass. Paula Davis of Florida had the American Sweetheart pattern in pink and monax. Pink pieces were priced at $45 for a dinner plate and $75 for an oval bowl. Monax prices included $11 for an 8-inch plate to $79 for a platter.
In addition to glassware, several dealers had American-made pottery. Rookwood and Roseville pottery pieces were available from Sandy and Bill Quarterman from Florida. A Roseville Water Lily vase was priced at $295 and a Snowberry ewer was $275. Vases by Rookwood were priced from $95 to $215. Sandi and Dennis Boone of Illinois had a Gardenia vase for $195 and a Freesia ewer for $585.
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.