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!
Stretch Glass Pricing tool Launched
We are delighted to announce the arrival of the new stretch glass pricing database. This tool will enable the user to compare prices of stretch glass sold by major known auctioneers. Searches can be done by manufacturer, pattern or shape and then by color. There are some corrections to be made to some descriptions and entries but we are off to a fantastic start. As time permits additional entries will be added from past auctions and future auctions results will be added shortly after they occur.
This project has come to fruition through the expertise and efforts of SGS members Galen & Kathi Johnson over the last 18 months. Kathi is also a Director of the SGS and both are members and contributors to many carnival glass organizations. A committee of SGS members contributed ideas, information and time to the project.
The Stretch Glass Pricing Tool is hosted by the website of Hooked on Carnival. You can access the pricing tool at this link: http://www.hookedoncarnival.com/database/stretch
Tom & Debra Burns 2019 Convention Auction
The afternoon of Friday, July 26, 2019 we had many guests join us for the 3pm start of our convention auction conducted by Tom & Debra Burns. The 300+ lots to be auctioned included a variety of stretch glass, including a variety of Imperial Jewels, Fenton glass, art glass, carnival glass and more. With a number of potential buyers on hand in person and many online, there was robust bidding and stiff competition for many items. The previously advertised Dave Fetty mosaic vase, consigned by The Stretch Glass Society, was sold for the benefit of the Society. Initially the high bidder was Randy Clark winning the vase at $675. Randy surprised everyone by announcing that he was donating the vase back to The Stretch Glass Society so that it could be sold again, which Tom Burns did. This time Joanne Rodgers was the winner with a bid of $600. We thank Randy Clark for his generosity and interest in providing support for the Society to continue our outreach and educational programs. By 8:30pm all of the items offered for sale had found new homes and many happy buyers were busily packing up their purchases and heading out to check out the glass for sale by others in hotel rooms, antique malls, and other locations in the Marietta/Williamstown area.
We thank everyone who attended and look forward to seeing them again next year. For everyone not able to attend this year, we hope you will make plans to join us for three days of fun and learning in 2020. Our 47th convention will be held once again at The Quality Inn, 700 Pike Street, Marietta, Ohio on July 22, 23 & 24, 2020.
2019 SGS CONVENTION DAY 3 REPORT AND GALLERies
The morning of Friday, July 26, 2019 saw a large crowd of members and guests assembled in The Stretch Glass Society Convention Room at Quality Inn-Marietta. First up on the agenda was a seminar on the similarities and differences of US Glass Line #s 310, 314 and Rays & Points. The speakers, Tom Monoski and Cal Hackeman, had assembled a display of many of the sizes and shapes of stretch glass in each of these lines. Originally advertised as also including the Line #317, Cal began the discussion by admitting that apparently Line #317 only exists in his imagination, as no catalog or other original documents have been found indicating a Line #317 of stretch glass by US Glass. Instead, we have an unnumbered line – only because we have not found documentation of it – which has been dubbed “Rays and Points” by researchers and authors. Cal suggested that maybe, in time, Rays & Points will be identified as Line #317, but for now we will have to be content to call it “Rays & Points.”
Tom commented on the origins of US Glass, a conglomerate of a number of glass companies brought together to create efficiency and scale in the 1890s. Tiffin was one of those companies and the Line #310 was made from what are today known to be Tiffin Molds. Interestingly, stretch glass was not made at the Tiffin factory; it is believed to have been made at two other factories in the US Glass “family.” Tom also reminded us that while we attempt to neatly categorize our stretch glass by the US Glass Line #s, we should keep in mind that US Glass was a business; they were primarily interested in making stretch glass which would sell and not necessarily concerned about how the pieces from the various lines were marketed. One example of this is that candleholders which are today identified as Line #310 (based on contemporaneous catalog images) are often found with bowls which are today identified as “Rays & Points.”
Cal commented on the characteristics of each of the lines and offered tips on how to identify them “in the wild” as well as in our collections. The various colors in which stretch glass is found in each line and the various items which were made in each line were also discussed. As is typical with stretch glass, certain colors and shapes are more readily available than others. Reproductions of catalog pages featuring Line #310 items were on display. The audience had many questions and comments which enhanced the informative presentation.
A few minutes after the US Glass seminar concluded, Kathi and Galen Johnson briefed the group on the new stretch glass pricing database and tool. While the database and tool are being developed in the same software as the Hooked on Carnival pricing tool for carnival glass, additional elements have been introduced in the stretch glass tool to accommodate the unique nature of stretch glass. The database currently has approximately 1,500 sold auction prices and additional prices are being added to it regularly. Kathi demonstrated how to find information on particular pieces of stretch glass, all of which were supplied by Wally McDaniel. This part of the workshop was made more interesting by Wally having included a number of similar but different examples of stretch glass, providing Kathi with ample opportunity to showcase how specific the pricing tool can be in identifying an item of stretch glass.
Kathi indicated that we are in need of individuals who are knowledgeable in identifying stretch glass to participate in the reviewing of stretch glass sold at auction in preparation for the items to be added to the database. Anyone willing to assist with this process should contact Kathi or President Cal via email@example.com.
Everyone enjoyed a lunch of hot pizza which was followed by the discussion and presentation of member displays of stretch glass “Then and Now.” The members with displays talked about their first/early stretch glass focus and purchases and then commented on their current focus and purchases. Many of the displays featured a variety of stretch glass confirming the evolution of our stretch glass acquisitions. Several members commented on how they use their stretch glass in entertaining today as compared to only collecting and displaying it.
At the conclusion of lunch on Friday, the winners of the convention fund raiser were announced as Joanne Rodgers drew the winning tickets. First prize went to Augusta Keith who received an early period Fenton Celeste Blue large powder puff jar; second prize went to Arna Simpson who received a late period Ruby diamond optic basket; third prize went to Mary Elda Arrington, who received a late period Fenton Celeste Blue Daisy & Button “sample” bowl. Mary Elda announced that she was donating the “sample” bowl to the Museum of American Glass in West Virginia. Helen Jones, former President and current Board Member of the Museum, was on hand to receive the donation. We very much appreciate Mary Elda’s generosity and look forward to seeing this wonderful example of late period stretch glass on display in the Museum.
President Cal thanked everyone for participating in our 46th Annual Convention and Show and invited everyone to stay for the Burns Auction, beginning at 3pm.
Some of the attendees of the 2019 Convention.
2019 SGS CONVENTION DAY 2 REPORT AND GALLERies
Thursday, July 25, 2019 — the first full day of The Stretch Glass Society 46th Annual Convention activities — began with a second session of flower arranging in stretch glass vases led by Vice President Bob Henkel. Several additional members joined the fun of learning how to create beautiful floral arrangements.
Dave Shetlar led a discussion of etchings and cuttings on Stretch Glass, complete with more than a dozen examples of early period stretch glass which was etched and/or cut at the time it was made.
Approximately 60 members gathered for lunch, hosted by John and Vickie Rowe, which was followed by the Annual Meeting of The Stretch Glass Society. Officers and Directors provided updates on their activities during the past 12 months, highlighting 5 successful Stretch Out Discussions and related Deluxe Edition Reviews, numerous displays, talks and articles which served to greatly expand interest in stretch glass (for examples, see the Presentations and Seminars page; Past Events; NDGA Newsletter Features Piece on Patterns and Optics in Stretch Glass (part 2 of 3)) and the production of the 2020 Stretch Glass Calendar featuring full-color photos of stretch glass (one complimentary calendar to each member present; calendars to all other members will be mailed in the near future). There was an update on the creation of a pricing database and look-up tool for stretch glass to soon include prices realized at auctions during the past 5+ years, information on advertising and promotion completed during the past 12 months and an update on our social media presence.
Retiring Vice President Bob Henkel was recognized with a President’s Award and was presented with two pieces of Russet stretch glass as a thank you for his years of service and generous support. President Cal was thanked for successfully leading The Society during the past two years. Certificates of Appreciation to all donors present at the meeting were also presented.
Elections were held resulting in the election of Vickie Rowe to become Vice President; Maxine Burkhardt and Kathi Johnson were re-elected Directors and Cal Hackeman was re-elected President. All will serve two-year terms ending in July, 2021. The membership approved the Board of Directors’ recommendation for no change in membership dues for 2020.
Following the Annual Meeting, Dave and Renée Shetlar presented the Combined Display of Bedroom and Bath stretch glass items.
Photos from the Thursday evening banquet
The day concluded with a delicious Prime Rib banquet followed by a presentation on “The Changing Forms of Vaseline Glass” by Vaseline Glass Collectors, Inc.’s Charter Member and Treasurer, Tom Foozer.
There was much anticipation of the 300+ stretch and other glass items which would be on display for the Tom & Debra Burns SGS Convention Auction, held the following day on Friday, July 26, 2019, beginning at 3pm.
2019 SGS Convention Day 1 Report and Gallery
The Stretch Glass Society launched its 46th Annual Convention on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, in Marietta, Ohio. Approximately 60 members from as far away as Washington state, Maine and Florida spent Wednesday setting up displays of stretch glass from their personal collections while a Combined Display of Bedroom and Bath stretch glass items took shape under the direction of SGS member Pam Steinbach with assistance from Renée Shetlar. The Combined Display features the largest and most complete assemblage of early period (1912-1935) stretch glass cologne bottles, powder puff jars, dresser bottles, guest sets, tumble ups, bath salts jars, shaving mugs and similar items ever exhibited in one place at one time. The over 200 items featured examples of all Bedroom and Bath items produced by The Fenton Art Glass Company during the early period of production. In many cases, the Display featured examples of similar items in the full range of known colors including Celeste Blue, Florentine Green, Grecian Gold, Persian Pearl, Tangerine, Topaz, Velva Rose, and Wisteria.
On Wednesday evening, those in attendance assembled at a Welcome Reception complete with a tasty buffet. Past President Joanne Rodgers was feted on the occasion of her participation in her 35th Annual Convention. Joanne is a Charter Member of The Stretch Glass Society and currently serves on the Convention Team, responsible for organizing annual conventions.
Selected photos from the gallery below: Club Display of Bedroom and Bath pieces
Another highlight of the evening was the First Timers’ Stampede which saw all of those attending their first convention “stampeding” across the room to select a complimentary item of stretch glass from items donated for this purpose by SGS members. Each First Timer came away with a new piece of stretch glass for their collection.
Bob Henkel, Vice President and a retired florist, conducted a workshop on creating floral arrangements in stretch glass containers. His enthusiastic SGS Member “students” created beautiful floral arrangements which would adorn the luncheon and banquet tables for the remainder of the convention.
Below: Photo gallery from the 2019 Convention club display
More on Bedroom and Bath Stretch Glass (Featured in 2019 Convention Club Display)
The Fenton Art Glass Company did its best to appeal to a broad market of consumers during the early period of stretch glass production (1916-mid-1930’s). In addition to candleholders, bowls, plates, vases, and many other items targeted to shoppers and gift buyers, it also produced an extensive line of items for use in bedrooms, on vanities and in the baths of the period. Today these items are of interest to stretch glass and other collectors. Apparently, bedroom and bath items were not made in large quantities as they are hard to find and, in some cases, rare in today’s market. As usual, color and shape combine to determine market demand and pricing – an item in Celeste Blue may be more desirable than the same item in Florentine Green or Topaz, despite Celeste Blue being among the more available colors of stretch glass.
Check Out Videos from Past Conventions
These videos from prior years are not only great sources of information on stretch glass, they also provide insight into the types of presentations you will see at this year’s convention.
The SGS would like to thank Galen and Kathi Johnson, who provided most of the 2017 and 2018 videos.
To view the full collection, click here.
June 2019 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 2019 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 March 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.
Full Report Published on May 9 Discussion of Early Period US Glass Opaque Stretch Glass
Collectors interested in iridescent stretch glass who have joined our discussions are saying how very informative and educational they are.
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
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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.
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.