Glass Collectors Prepare for Weekend Show, Sale

The Tiffin Glass Collectors Club is to host its 21st annual Glass Show and Sale June 24-25 at the Seneca County School of Opportunity, 780 E.

CR 20, Tiffin. The show hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. The $3 admission is good for both days, and children are admitted free.

Glass dealers from several states are to join local and area dealers at this show that attracts collectors from all over the United States. The fine glassware produced at the Tiffin factory from 1892-1980 is to be offered for sale, along with other quality glassware and tableware.
The club sales booth is to offer its ninth annual Christmas ornament, books and other fundraisers to benefit the Tiffin Glass Museum, 25 S. Washington St. in downtown Tiffin.

"We also have a new paperweight with the outline of the glass factory on it. It's cobalt with the gold outline. It's very striking," said Ruth Hemminger, club officer.

The paperweight, being crafted by Crystal Traditions, has the club name and date on back. The cost is $30.

"We had the blanks so we asked them to put something on them. I took a postcard over and then Bob Yager was able to go in on the computer and do a nice drawing," Hemminger said.

Last year, the club celebrated its 20th anniversary. A series of articles ran in "Tiffin Glassmasters," the club's newsletter. Hemminger has put the articles into a small publication, "Recollections from the Tiffin Glassmasters Newsletter: 1986-2005," to offer for sale at a cost of $7.50.

"The booklet is a recap of our first 20 years. It was things that were printed in our newsletters for 2005. Each four issues took five years out of the old newsletters. É It gives a little history and and tells what our club was doing all those years," Hemminger said. "MLAD is doing that for us. It has photos in the back from picnics and things like that."

Club members Paula Crum and Nancy Coffman are putting together a special educational display of lamps produced at the Tiffin Glass factory from the 1920s to the 1950s. Hemminger said the exhibit is to tie in with the presentation by John and Jane Schleinzer from Aurora, Ill., during the banquet Saturday night at T.J. Willie's restaurant.

"Our guest speakers will give a talk on Aladdin lamps. They'll have some there to show," Hemminger said. "The gal that does the Tiffin display is going to be borrowing lamps from everybody for a display of Tiffin lamps."

An auction of Tiffin glass and related items is to conclude the dinner. Proceeds are to benefit the Tiffin Glass Museum.

The public is invited to attend the show and sale in the air- conditioned, handicapped-accessible facility. Free parking is provided, lunch is available and door prizes are to be awarded.

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