The Stretch Glass Society is an avid group of Stretch Glass collectors. Our goals are to help preserve this beautiful glass and the history of its manufacture as part of our American heritage, to educate the public as to its existence, to promote an appreciation of collecting this type of glass -- and to have fun while doing all of the above!
Eastern National Antiques Show features Stretch Glass Display and Sale
Mark your calendars for May 4 & 5, 2018, and set your GPS for 100 K St, Carlisle, PA. The Stretch Glass Society will be exhibiting early and late period stretch glass along with a selection of center handled servers for the dealers and hundreds of buyers who participate in the Eastern National Antiques Show. Several well-known glass dealers will be offering stretch glass for sale, along with 90 other antique dealers, making this a fabulous show for all glass collectors. The show opens promptly at 10 on Friday, May 4th and continues on Saturday, May 5th until 4pm. The Stretch Glass Society thanks Holiday Promotions for the complimentary display space provided to us and other glass clubs and encourages you to support this show, network with hundreds of collectors and take a new piece of stretch glass home. Please stop by to see President Cal and VP Bob at the SGS display.
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Early Period Central and Jeannette to be discussed in May 10 Stretch-Out Call
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Early Period Central and Jeannette will be the topic of our Stretch-Out call on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at 8 pm Eastern, 7 Central, 6 Mountain and 5 Pacific Time. All are welcome to join in by calling 415-464-6800, followed by ID: 04211974#
This will be our fourth discussion on the topic of lesser-known companies that were producing stretch glass from 1916 to 1933. On May 10 we will be discussing the production from two of the ‘minor’ glass companies, Central Glass Works (Wheeling, Pennsylvania) and Jeannette Glass Company (Jeannette, Pennsylvania).
Central appears to have used a single bowl mold, but shaped the mold into many forms. They also made two sizes of trumpet-shaped candle holders. Some of their pieces have gold glue-chip decoration. In contrast Jeannette used several bowl molds. They also made handled servers with unique handle shapes. Both companies used a multitude of different colors.
Join us to learn about these minor companies and learn techniques that can help identify the different pieces.
Full Report Published on March 8 Discussion of Early Period U.S. Glass
This was our third discussion on the topic of stretch glass by lesser-known companies that were operating in the early period of stretch glass production. The first call in February 2017 featured the lesser-known company of Vineland Flint Glass Company. In November we explored another of the companies - Lancaster Glass Company. In the March 8, 2018 call, we focused on U. S. Glass Company of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. This company produced the widest range of stretch glass. It seems like there are distinctive, related groupings with some lines being represented by certain colors. This call featured the transparent colors -- ones you can see through.
The Stretch Glass Society Establishes Bill Crowl Memorial Education Fund
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The Stretch Glass Society Board of Directors has established the Bill Crowl Memorial Education Fund. A generous initial donation will allow us to begin to immediately utilize the fund to provide educational activities related to stretch glass. The Fund also reminds collectors and future stretch glass enthusiasts of the many contributions Bill made to the rise of stretch glass as a recognized and appreciated category of antique and collectible glassware. Bill was among the Founders and Charter Members of The Stretch Glass Society, a life-long and a Life Member of the Society. The Fund will be managed by the Stretch Glass Society, a tax-exempt public educational charity under IRC Sec. 501(c)(3).
For full information or to donate online, click here.
Glass Making Process Described
The Stretch Glass Society is grateful to David Adams for granting us permission to share his article "What goes into the making of glass?" which appeared in the December 2017 / January 2018 issue of the National Depression Glass Association’s News & Views Newsletter, Mark Buersmeyer, Editor. We thank Mark and the NDGA for their assistance in obtaining David’s permission for us to include this article among our technical information posts. Click here to read the article, or select "The Making of Glass" under "Stretch Glass" in the top navigation.
Late Period Fenton Made for QVC discussed in April 12 Stretch-Out Call
Late Period Fenton Stretch Glass was the topic of our Stretch Out call on Thursday, April 12, 2018, at 8pm Eastern. We discussed the photos in this document on the call.
This was our fourth discussion on the topic of late period stretch glass (1970-2011). In our previous calls, in May and October 2017, and February 2018, we discussed Fenton in-line colors as found on their catalogue pages. In the April call we switched to the less well-known colors that were made exclusively for QVC. The Fenton Glass Company started selling glass on QVC in the late 1980’s. Shortly thereafter, stretch glass was introduced to the QVC buying public.
Watch this space for a full report on the discussion which will be posted soon!
BILL CROWL ITEMS AUCTIONED MARCH 24-25, 2018
About 800 boxes of items belonging to the late Bill Crowl, including stretch glass, Fenton glass, Imperial glass and more, were auctioned by Randy Clark Auctioneers over the weekend of March 24-25, 2018.
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