Fostoria Glass Society of Tennessee
Contact: Fostoria Glass Society of Tennessee
625 Smith Ave
Glass Show Location
Nashville, TN 37203
The Fostoria Glass Society of Tennessee
15th Annual Elegant & Depression Glass Show and Sale
Tennessee State Fairgrounds
Wedgewood Exit Off I-65
The Fostoria Glass Society of Tennessee (FGST) hosted its 15th Annual Elegant and Depression Glass Show and Sale on July 2014 at the Tennessee State Fairgrounds in Nashville. Twenty-six dealers from 16 different states filled the Exhibitor Building with a variety of colorful glassware from the past. Most of the glassware was from the elegant and depression periods, but dealers also had some Early American Pressed Glass (EAPG), American-made pottery, and other vintage glassware.
The featured display consisted of the Crown Collection manufactured by Fostoria from 1961 to 1965. The display included over 50 pieces in different colors and patterns. In addition to the pieces manufactured by Fostoria, pieces made from Fostoria moulds by Indiana Glass Company and Fenton Art Glass Company were exhibited.
Larry Duke, a FGST member and collector of Crown pieces, led a seminar on the Crown Collection at 1 pm. on Saturday with 30 people in attendance. He identified the different pieces made in each of the four patterns, and pointed out that a collection of all Fostoria Crown pieces in all available patterns and colors would consist of almost 60 pieces. He also noted that if the stopper is removed from the perfume bottle, it becomes a candleholder. This has resulted in three different sets of collectors (Fostoria Crown collectors, cologne and perfume collectors, and candleholder collectors) seeking the same piece making it hard to find and more pricey than other Crown pieces.
Jack Peacock of Carolinas Antiques led another seminar on Saturday on The Elegant Glass Period with more than 25 attendees. According to Peacock, elegant glass refers to the tableware and dinnerware that hostesses used to serve their best guests. The height of the production of elegant glass was the 1920s to 1960s, and none of the American elegant glass manufacturers are still in business. The last manufacturer was Fenton Art Glass Company in Williamstown, West Virginia. Jack also offered advice for buying elegant glassware at antique malls and shows noting that collectors should buy what they like.
A third seminar on Sunday was conducted by Harold Roth, an FGST member, on the Brazilian pattern and other advertising pieces made by Fostoria. The Brazilian pattern is classified as Early American Pattern Glass and was manufactured from 1898 to 1913. A collection of pickle dishes in the Brazilian pattern with advertisements for different retail establishments embossed on the bottom was used to illustrate the type of glass that businesses gave away to attract customers in the early 20th century. Later Fostoria pieces with advertising, including tumblers with the Ford Thunderbird emblem and Coca-Cola items made in the 1980s, were also shown.
As usual, dealers brought both common and rare pieces to the show. One of the rare items was a dealer’s sign for Fostoria’s Coin pattern priced at $250 and offered by Mark and Jodi Uthe from Iowa. The sign sold early in the show. The Uthes were new dealers at the show this year.
Vases and flower-related items seemed to be popular with dealers this year. Linda and David Adams of Nevada had a rare Fostoria pirate vase in pink for $375 and a Cambridge blossom time vase for $895. Dale Riendeau and Linda Hukriede of Minnesota offered Fiesta ware vases. A 12-inch vase in cobalt was priced at $1,195, a 10-inch yellow vase was $895, and an 8-inch ivory vase was $950. David Hollingshead of Kansas had a variety of vases by Viking Glass and Paden City Glass. The Viking vases were priced from $25 to $95 each and the Paden City vases were from $225 to $425. He also had a Fostoria table charm (vase and candleholders) in pink priced at $200 and one in yellow for $300.
Pottery vases were also available from several dealers. Paula and Ray Mahoney from Florida had Roseville and Hull vases priced from $55 to $175 each. Joan and Ernest Thomason from Georgia had Weller, Hull, and Roseville vases from $185 to $650. They also had a large collection of Franciscan ware in several patterns. A Franciscan Ivy coffee pot with lid was priced at $295 while plates in the same pattern were priced at $32 each.
For several years, one of the highlights of the show for club members and dealers has been a dinner on Saturday evening after the show closes. Approximately 65 members and dealers were in attendance this year. At the dinner, dessert is served in a piece of vintage glassware that each person gets to keep as a souvenir of the show. A special guest named Holly was thrilled to receive her dessert in a saucer champagne bearing Fostoria’s Holly cutting.
Next year’s show will be held on the third weekend in July. The dates are July 19 and 20, 2014.
Dealers at the 2013 show were:.
Helene Meeks, Illinois;
David & Kay Tucker, Illinois,
Linda Hukriede & Dale Riendeau, Minnesota;
Carolyn & Glen Robinson, South Carolina;
Carol McEwen, Kansas;
Randy & Becky Moles, Tennessee;
Sandi & Dennis Boone, Illinois;
Ruth Lature, Kentucky
Ray & Paula Mahoney, Florida;
Edie Putanko, Pennsylvania;
Paula Davis, Florida;
Dottie & Mike Milanoski, Florida;
Lorrie Kitchen & Mark Hunter, Ohio