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!

2018 Stretch Glass Society Convention Begins on Wednesday, July 25th!

Advanced registration is now closed, but you may register at the convention beginning at 12 noon on Wednesday.  Please join us for 3 days of networking with leading collectors of stretch glass, learning about stretch glass from the experts and the opportunity to acquire stretch glass for your collection.  We look forward to seeing you in Marietta, OH.

Click on the schedule image to open as a full-size PDF.

2018 SGS Convention Auction Items Available for Preview

The concluding event at our 2018 Convention will be an auction of stretch and other glassware offered by Tom & Debra Burns Auctioneers.  The auction includes stretch glass from the Wally McDaniel collection as well as other stretch glass.  Also to be offered for sale is a selection of Imperial Jewels stretch glass and a wide range of Fenton glass.  We are pleased to share with you these photos of some of the glass to be offered for sale on Friday, July 27, 2018, beginning at 5pm.  To view the gallery, click here.

To view all photos of items to be auctioned and for full information, visit the SGS Convention Auction page on the Burns Auction Service website.

Gary Senkar speaks to ACGA on Imperial Jewels

Stretch Glass Society member and Imperial Glass researcher Gary Senkar gave a presentation on Imperial Jewels and Imperial Stretch Glass to the American Carnival Glass Association’s members at their annual convention in Marietta, Ohio, on June 15, 2018.  The SGS thanks Gary for sharing his expertise on Imperial stretch glass, including Imperial’s Jewels, on our behalf.  Gary’s presentation is part of our ongoing outreach program designed to educate and inform collectors of all types of glass about Stretch Glass, and his talk resulted in 5 new SGS memberships.

To view the complete gallery of photos, click here.

How are Stretch Glass and Depression Glass related?

SGS President Cal Hackeman's essay "Stretch Glass -- The Older Sibling," describing how stretch glass is related to depression glass, was published in the June-July 2018 issue of the National Depression Glass Association (NDGA) newsletter News & Views.  We would like to thank the NDGA for allowing us to repost the article on our website.

To read the full article, click here.

June 2018 issue of The Stretch Glass Society Quarterly released

Stretch glass enthusiasts now have a new issue of The SGS Quarterly to explore for news, updates and informative articles on American Iridescent Stretch Glass.  The June 2018 issue of The SGS Quarterly was mailed or emailed to all members and subscribers recently.  Check out the featured pages here.

Not a member of The Stretch Glass Society but interested in learning more about stretch glass and seeing what else is included in the June issue of The Quarterly?  You can now join The Stretch Glass Society online and get access to this and all past issues of The Quarterly plus lots more information on stretch glass.  Go here to sign up today.  Your membership includes the June 2018 issue of The Quarterly plus future 2018 issues plus all the benefits of membership in The Stretch Glass Society, all for only $18.

Early Period Central and Jeannette discussed in May 10 Stretch-Out Call

Early Period Central and Jeannette was the topic of our Stretch-Out call on Thursday, May 10, 2018, at 8 pm Eastern.  We discussed the photos in this document on the call.

This was our fourth discussion on the topic of lesser-known companies that were producing stretch glass from 1916 to 1933. On May 10 we discussed 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.

Watch this space for a full report on the discussion which will be published soon!

The Stretch Glass Society Establishes Bill Crowl Memorial Education Fund

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 Bill Crowl

Bill Crowl

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.

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.

Click here for more details and photos.