Several brave vendors set up displays - including glass - outside in tents at the Ann Arbor Antiques Fair last weekend. (Yes, it rained. It was cold. And it was windy! We are in Michigan and it is October.) A few of these booths had some interesting pieces, including some very nice elegant glass. This is the first booth we went into. I was pretty happy to see all the glass, including this nice display of Fostoria American, the Tiffin Cerise bud vase and the Morgantown Mayfair cocktails. This photo is crummy since it was overcast and threatening to pour.That bud vase has a pattern of rose vines growing up the side. I am pretty sure this is Cerise by Tiffin. I had some Cerise plates once with the same rose vines. There are other rose vine etches but most have a medallion like Rose Point or some larger flowers. Cerise is all roses. Let's take a closer look. The ring holder in the front is contemporary. The cups and saucers peeking out the side are Fostoria American, probably the best known glass pattern. We saw several booths with American and most had cups and saucers. The stem with the etching of three upright urns of flowers all connected at the base is Morgantown Mayfair. I see a lot of Mayfair pieces when we go antiquing. Almost every antique mall has a piece or two. These are the cocktail, a nice shape if you would like an evening drink. You cannot mistake Morgantown Mayfair. (Hmm. Maybe that's why I see it so often, it's one I recognize!) I cannot think of any other etch that has three urns that look like feather plumes. These were reasonably priced at $33 for a set of 6, all in good condition. Replacements suggests $10 each. The glass in this booth was all in good condition and priced fairly, making us hopeful we would find more treasures. This next booth had very few pieces and only this one glass bowl. It is Petal by Federal, a very pretty pattern from the 1960s and 1970s. It is not depression glass, even though this bowl is iridescent. This booth was a "Are you joking?????!!!???" You cannot make out the price on the sticker but it was $80. It used to be you would trip over petal at every estate sales, auction and antique store but it's gotten more scarce. Still, this is a $20 piece - on a good day. Not $80. Last one tonight is another brave soul outside in a tent. They had mostly small things with one table of pretty glass. They had some nice Fostoria American, like the handled boat-shaped bowl. The white fan vase is Fenton Hobnail. I didn't take a close look at the white covered piece but it was one of the lesser grape patterns, possibly Vintage by Anchor Hocking or a piece made for Avon. What I wanted to show you was the oval celery dish. I really like celery dishes and relish trays. They are small, everyone can use one or two, pretty, and look great with orange carrots and green celery and olives. Relish trays are a super way to add a piece of two in a pattern that you love but don't have a full set. This particular piece is the Radiance blank by New Martinsville and the etch is Wild Rose. It's quite pretty and not all that common around here. The price sticker says $14, which is realistic, maybe a bit low. I hope you liked walking around the Ann Arbor Antiques Fair with me. I have a couple more booths to show you and a few one-off pieces too. Remember, antiquing is always more fun with a friend!
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