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!

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.

National Cambridge Collectors organize first annual Northeast Ohio Show, October 27-28, 2018

The Stretch Glass Society will have a display at the first annual Northeast Ohio Show, a new Cleveland-area glass show organized by National Cambridge Collectors.  This show is a full-line glass, china, and pottery show whose goal is to bring collectors’ organizations together under one roof.  It’s scheduled for October 27 & 28, 2018 in the Arts & Crafts building at the Cuyahoga County fairgrounds, located just 10 minutes south of Cleveland Hopkins International Airport in Middleburg Heights, OH.  Twenty-four high quality dealers from across the country will display their finest pieces of glass, china and pottery for sale.  Admission is $6 at the door (18 and under is free) which is good for both days.   Food and convenient parking will be available for all who attend.

It has been several years since a full-line glass show was hosted in the Cleveland area.  This show endeavors to take it one step further by providing the area with a great glass, china, and pottery event where national collector clubs and organizations from across the country will have the opportunity to host information tables so guests can learn more about these fine organizations.  A goal for the Northeast Ohio Glass Show is to bring together clubs and collectors from around the country to share their love and passion for collecting.   Attendees at this year’s inaugural event will be amazed at the quality and diversity of the glass, china, and pottery being offered for sale at this year’s show.

Stretch Glass To Be Featured at Metro Detroit Annual Show and Monthly Meeting

By Jonathan Fuhrman

The Michigan Depression Glass Society hosts their 46th annual show in Dearborn, Michigan on November 3 and 4, 2018.  Two dozen dealers will fill the 15,000 square foot facility with vintage American-made glassware.  In addition, the club will create a You Light Up My Life display, showcasing a variety of glass candlesticks, lamps, and fairy lights.  MDGS is also thrilled to welcome Cal Hackeman, who will be representing the Stretch Glass Society with a booth that will promote both SGS and the glassware we all love to the 1,200 attendees that are expected.

The fun continues on Monday, November 5, when MDGS hosts their monthly meeting where Cal will be presenting a program on Stretch Glass.   Additionally, an MDGS member will be presenting a table setting of the Molly pattern by the Imperial Glass Company in black.

We hope to see many of you there if you are within reasonable driving distance of the Metro Detroit area.  In addition to attending the show, there are lots of great tourist attractions in the area.  The world-famous Henry Ford Museum and Greenfield Village in Dearborn recently opened two glass exhibitions that are fascinating to see!

For more information about MDGS, visit MichiganDepressionGlass.com.

Michigan Depression Glass Society Annual Show
Saturday, November 3:  10am-5pm
Sunday, November 4:  10am-4pm
Ford Community & Performing Arts Center
15801 Michigan Avenue
Dearborn, Michigan

November Monthly Meeting
Monday, November 5
6pm:  Buy/Sell Time (only MDGS members may sell)
7pm:  Meeting Begins
Civic Park Senior Center
15218 Farmington Road
Livonia, Michigan

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. (for details on Discussions page, click here)
    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 Glue, 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.

Candlesticks discussed in October 11th discussion

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.

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.

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

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.