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 — Cal’s Stretch Glass Odyssey

Cal Hackeman, Stretch Glass Society President, was on the road from October 27, 2018 through November 5, 2018 on a mission of education and recruitment.

Click here for a full report on Cal’s travels to represent SGS at the Northeast Ohio Glass & Pottery Show, the Great Lakes Carnival Glass Convention, and the Michigan Depression Glass Society Show.

Patterns in Stretch discussed in November 8th Call

Patterns in Stretch Glass was the topic of our Stretch Out call on Thursday, November 8, 2018, at 8 pm Eastern. We discussed the photos in this document on the call. A Deluxe Edition Review of the discussion will also be available soon and will be posted here. Further information is available on our email: info@stretchglasssociety.org

Collectors interested in iridescent stretch glass who have joined our discussions are saying how very informative and educational they are.

2018-19 Discussion Schedule Announced

We are pleased to announce the 2018-19 Stretch-Out Discussion Series.

Collectors interested in iridescent stretch glass who have joined our discussions are saying “Very informative and educational’, “Thanks for identifying my recent purchase” and “Wow! I didn’t know Fenton made that!” If you have never joined a call, try it! You can just be a listener or join in on the discussion as you enjoy the experts and other ’enthusiasts’. There are always beautiful photos of the items to be discussed.

  • October 11, 2018 -- Candlesticks. (details below)
    Who made which ones:  What colors are known?  Rare or common?

  • November 8, 2018 -- Patterns in stretch glass. (see above post)
    Yes, there are many patterns in stretch glass; how many do you recognize?

  • February 7, 2019 -- Late Period Fenton stretch glass produced for others.
    Will you recognize this stretch glass when you see it?

  • April 11, 2019 - Decorated stretch glass.
    Did you know there is glue under much of the gold decoration? Learn how it is done and how to preserve it.

  • May 9, 2019 - Opaque stretch glass by US Glass.
    Salmon, Florentine Yellow, Nile Green, Old Rose, Pearl Blue, Pearl Gray; what items are known?

Join us to learn all about this beautiful glass, to ask questions and share your finds. The calls are at 8pm Eastern, 7 Central, 6 Mountain and 5 Pacific time. The call information is also posted on our website under Events / Stretch Glass Discussions. A Deluxe Edition Review of the discussion will also be available several weeks after the call.

Approximately one week prior to the call, an email reminder and photos of the glass to be discussed will be sent to members who have given us their email address; the photos will also be posted on our website. If we don’t have your email address and you would like to receive the reminder and photos, please send your email to info@stretchglasssociety.org and ask to receive photos for the particular stretch out call. If you have questions about your stretch glass and would like information from our experts, please send a photo to info@stretchglasssociety.org with your questions and we will do our best to respond.

For a PDF (printable) version of this schedule, click here.

For additional information about participating in the discussions, please click here.

Full Report Published on May 10 Discussion of Early Period Central and Jeannette

Check out the Deluxe Edition Review of the May 10, 2018 discussion of Late Period Fenton Stretch Glass Made for QVC.  To view the document with photos discussed during the call, click here.

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.

Fenton Tangerine Ring Vase sells for $845 

Recently a 15” tall Fenton Tangerine Ring Vase was listed for sale on eBay.  After bids hovered in the $300’s for most of the auction, in the final moments the price climbed to $845 achieving one of the highest prices paid for this particular example of stretch glass.  The vase is taller than many ring vases and, according to the photos, has exceptional color.  In 2013 a similar vase sold for $375, according to Doty’s Carnival Glass Price Guide.

This sale continues to confirm a trend we have seen for several years of exceptional, hard-to-find and rare examples of stretch glass commanding increasing prices from serious buyers and collectors.  We congratulate the new owner of this vase -- whoever they may be -- and hope they will display it at a future Stretch Glass Society Convention for all to enjoy.

Click any of these photos to enlarge to full size.

Candlesticks discussed in October 11th Call

Candlesticks was the topic of our Stretch Out call on Thursday, October 11, 2018, at 8 pm Eastern. We discussed the photos in this document on the call. A Deluxe Edition Review of the discussion will also be available soon and will be posted here. Further information is available on our email: info@stretchglasssociety.org

Collectors interested in iridescent stretch glass who have joined our discussions are saying how very informative and educational they are.

Is stretch glass available in the marketplace?

Submitted by Cal Hackeman, September 25, 2018

I am often asked this, or some version of this, question especially by newer or would-be collectors of stretch glass as well as resellers of antique and collectible glass.  The answer, as you will see from the galleries of photographs and full text of this report on the page linked below, is a resounding YES!  Over the past 12 months, I made a concerted effort to take photos of stretch glass I saw being offered for sale in antique shops & malls, auctions, flea markets, antique shows, etc. where I was present.  My travels during this time have covered much of the northeast plus various areas of New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio and the Carolinas. 

Full the full report and galleries, click here.

Hooked on Carnival pricing database to serve as prototype for SGS database

The pricing database recently released by Hooked on Carnival is the model for the Stretch Glass pricing database which is being developed by Kathi and Galen Johnson in conjunction with several leading collectors of stretch glass.  The Hooked on Carnival pricing database includes a number of stretch glass items, particularly those with patterns in which there is a shared interest by carnival and stretch glass collectors.  We encourage you to take a look at the recently released pricing database and provide us with your comments, suggestions and experiences at info@stretchglasssociety.org.  Your input will be considered as we develop the stretch glass pricing database during 2018 and early 2019.

Click for: Hooked on Carnival press release.

September 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 September 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 September 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.  If you become an e-member between now and 12/31/18, you will receive a membership for the remainder of 2018 and all of 2019 for $18.

Handled Servers at the 2018 SGS Convention

Dave Shetlar recently provided additional photos and comments on the Handled Servers display at our 2018 convention.  The Stretch Glass Society has the tradition of assembling a club display that concentrates on a color (we did green last year), a maker, or specific items. This year, Dave was in charge of assembling all the handled servers in stretch that we could find.  Initially he predicted we would have over 50 servers but we ended up with 120 different servers!!  It was quite an assemblage.   In this feature, previously published on Stretch Tuesday by Hooked on Carnival’s Fred Stone’s Carnival Mailing List, Dave discusses a number of the more uncommon handled servers in the 2018 club display.

For Dave's full report and complete set of photos, click here.

See also the full 2018 Convention recap intro below.

The 20-30-40 Glass Society of Illinois announces
47th Annual Depression Era Glass Show and Sale

March 9 & 10, 2019

via press release from the 20-30-40 Glass Society of Illinois:

Another SPECTACULAR YEAR at the Midwest Conference Center at Concord Plaza, 401 West Lake Street, Northlake, IL 60164. Glass collectors will find the 20-30-40 Glass Society of Illinois members hosting this renowned show with its beauty and history of glass.

  • The Show and Sale opens on Saturday, March 9th, at 10am and closes at 5pm.

  • On Sunday, March 10th, it opens at 11am and closes at 4pm.

  • Admission is $9.00 per person and includes free parking and free shuttle service to the front door.

Visit this very special American Heritage Glass Show and Sale featuring Depression Era Glass from the 1920s through the years, including Contemporary and Mid-Century Glass; manufacturers Aladdin, Heisey, Cambridge, Consolidated, Fry, Durand, Fostoria, Imperial, Fenton, Duncan Miller, Paden City, Tiffin, Westmoreland; an extensive library of glass and pottery reference books belonging to the 20-30-40 Glass Society; plus glass identification by knowledgeable members has been and continues to be a tremendous favorite of our visitors. Come in and try to stump our “experts.”

New Martinsville, Viking, Steuben, Pairpoint, Quezal, to the present day glass artists Lotton, Higgins, Sienko, St. Clair, Lundberg, L.E. Smith will be represented and including the pottery of Laughlin, Hall, Hull, Shawnee, Roseville, Rookwood, Van Briggle plus other makers. The 25 nationally-known dealers will be offering an amazing array of glass and pottery!

SAVE the dates — socialize, learn and support the preservation of this era's glass. The educational possibilities will prove to be outstanding! All attendees will be processed as associate members for this event and receive a “Society Page” newsletter.

  • New This Year! Free appraisals by Gary Piattoni, Professional Appraiser, former Senior Vice President at Christie's International Auction House, also Appraiser on Antiques Roadshow since 1997. Saturday only, with show entry (NO coins, stamps or jewelry).

  • Crystal Repair by Mary Lou will again be available. Drop off your treasures that need “help” and continue to your search for additional treasures!

  • An extensive library of glass and pottery reference books belonging to the 20-30-40 Glass Society, plus glass identification by knowledgeable members has been and continues to be a tremendous favorite of our visitors. Come in and try to stump our “experts.”

  • Throughout the two days, door prizes will be awarded, so don't forget to register; you may be a lucky winner!

Plan on making our glass show a must on your list to experience!

For show information, contact:

20-30-40 Glass of Society of Illinois, PO Box 856, La Grange, IL 60525

20-30-40Glasssociety@comcast.net

http://www.20-30-40glasssociety.org

Save the Date for TCGC 40th Anniversary Convention

Stretch Glass Society President Cal Hackeman will represent SGS with a stretch glass display at the Texas Carnival Glass Club 40th Anniversary Convention and Auction, to be held March 20-23, 2019 in Dallas.  Cal will also be a speaker at the convention.   

More details on this event will be posted as they become available.

2018 SGS Convention Recap

The Stretch Glass Society 2018 Convention was another successful annual event.  Click here for a summary page with links to daily reports and complete galleries.

SGS Member Display at ICGA Convention

SGS member Wally McDaniel was busy promoting stretch glass and the SGS at the recently concluded International Carnival Glass Association (ICGA) convention.  His display featured a colorful variety of Imperial stretch glass.  The display was popular with those attending the convention, many of whom also include Imperial stretch glass in their carnival glass collections.  We thank Wally for contributing to our on-going efforts to show and promote stretch glass and congratulate him on his beautiful display.

Click on the photo to enlarge to full size.

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.

The Stretch Glass Society Establishes Bill Crowl Memorial Education Fund

Click for:  Press Release

 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.

Shopping on Amazon.com can help SGS

If you shop on Amazon.com, you could be supporting The Stretch Glass Society every time you shop by signing up for Amazon’s Smile program.  How does it work?  Amazon.com offers all of its customers the opportunity to select their favorite charity for a donation from Amazon Smile from every purchase they make.  There is no cost to you, the shopper, and shopping through Amazon Smile is exactly the same as shopping on Amazon.com – except your favorite charity benefits.  What do you need to do?  The next time you are shopping on Amazon.com, click on Amazon Smile and enter the Stretch Glass Society as your favorite charity – we are already in Amazon’s database of charities.  From that point on, sign on to Amazon Smile to do your shopping.  For every purchase you make, Amazon Smile will contribute .5% of the purchase price to The Stretch Glass Society.  Several members of The Stretch Glass Society have already signed up and we have already started receiving payments from AmazonSmile.  Once you sign up, you can also ask your friends and business colleagues to select The Stretch Glass Society as their favorite charity and increase your support for us.