American-made glassware featured at Nashville Glass Show

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Colorful glassware from the Depression era will be available from dealers at the 18th Annual Glass Show & Sale in Nashville, TN, July 15 and 16.
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Nashville, TN - Although most American manufacturers of glass tableware and decorative items are no longer in business, collectors and others who appreciate the beauty and charm of U.S. made glassware will have an opportunity to Buy American at the 18th Annual Elegant and Depression Glass Show and Sale.

The show and sale will be at The Fairgrounds Nashville on July 15 and 16, 2017. Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $6 and is good for both days.

The show features nationally-known dealers with a wide variety of vintage glass including Early American Pattern Glass (EAPG), depression glass, elegant glass, and mid-century modern glass. This glassware was manufactured during the 19th and 20th centuries by numerous glass companies in the United States. Manufacturers of EAPG included well-known companies such as Boston & Sandwich Glass Co. and U. S. Glass Co. Depression glass was made by many companies including Hocking, Jeanette, and Hazel-Atlas. Elegant glass makers may be better known because many were in business over a long period of time. These companies included Fenton, Cambridge, Heisey, Fostoria, Tiffin, and Imperial.

Although the show’s focus is on glassware, dealers will also have pottery by McCoy, Hall, Roseville, and other American potters.

Each year the show features a display of items made in a specific glass pattern. This year the display will highlight the Heirloom pattern of Fostoria Glass Company.

Attendees at the show also have an opportunity to learn at a seminar on a glass topic. This year’s seminar will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday and will be presented by Sandra Bridwell-Walker, a long-time glass dealer and an expert on types and uses of glassware. Her topic will be the ABCs of wrinkled glass. She will discuss who made it, when it was made, and why it was made. The seminar is free for show attendees.

The show is hosted by the Fostoria Glass Society of Tennessee, a chapter of the Fostoria Glass Society of America. Proceeds from the show are used to support the Fostoria Glass Museum in Moundsville, WV, and other glass museums. For more information, visit or call 615-856-4259.