BELLEVILLE — The 31st annual Antique American Glass Show & Sale will fill Belle-Clair Fairgrounds with beautiful, fragile treasures this weekend.
The show, sponsored by the Midwest Glass and Pottery Club, features 29 well known dealers, representing 11 states. It's the largest antique glass show in the St. Louis area.
"Attendance at this show is an education in itself," said Dick Spencer, a collector, dealer and one of the coordinators of the show. "What a great place to find out about the pattern of glass you inherited or to get the pieces of glass that your set is missing or get some glass you just cannot live without."
The show will feature Carnival, Elegant, Depression and Pattern Glass plus Americna Made Dinnerware and Pottery of the Depression Era.
In addition, the National Depression Glass Association will exhibit part of its national collection and the Illinois-Missouri Glass & China Club will set up several displays highighing patterns and uses of glassware and dinnerware.
Wondering if that pretty, old candy dish your Aunt Tess left you might hold a lot more value than it does candy?
Bring it with you between noon and 2 p.m. Sunday and a "panel of experts" will do their best to tell you about it. Please, bring only up to three pieces.
Paul Randolph will be on hand to grind out chips from your glass pieces for a small fee.
Also, be sure to register for hourly door prizes to be given away both days.
Here is a rundown of some of the glass you'll see at the show:
Early American Pattern Glass: Made in the 1800s and the early 1900s, features a pattern molded on the surface.
Elegant Glass: Made from the very late 1800s through the 1900s. It came in a variety of colors and was handmade in molds or sometimes blown and had patters that were acid-etched. It was primarily sold in jewelry stores and better department stores.
Carnival Glass: It was made in the same fashion as Elegant and Pattern Glass, then it was sprayed with a chemical and was run back through the lehr where heat caused the chemical to give the glass a carnival color. It was sold in better stores, and lesser-value pieces were given away at carnivals.
Depression Glass: The first machine-made glassware started in the early 1900s. It came in a variety of colors and a large assortment of pieces. It does not have the quality of handmade glass. It was sold in dime stores, given away at service stations and place inside products, such as boxes of detergent and bags of flour.
American Made Dinnerware: Made in this country in the early 1900s, it's still being made by a few companies today. It came in complete sets of dinnerware and many decorated patterns.
American Made Pottery: Made during the 1900s and before by many companies in many patterns and shapes. It was made out of clay, then fired.
At a glance
What: Antique American Glass Show & Sale
When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Belle-Clair Fairgrounds, 200 South Belt East, Belleville
Admission: $5, good for both days. Parking is free.
Information: 618-972-5049, email@example.com or midwestglassandpottery.com