CORNING - More than 100 pieces of authentic Frederick Carder Steuben glass, owned by the late Bob Rockwell, will be up for sale Friday night at Carey's Brew House on Bridge Street.

Rockwell, founder of The Rockwell Museum, was a personal friend of Carder, a glassmaker, glass designer, and glass artist who was active in the glass industry in both England and the United States, sharing many afternoons and evenings gaining insight on the works of Carder’s glass creations.

The auction will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, in the upper ballroom of Carey’s Brew House, according to Michael Horton, principal auctioneer at Upstate Auction Company of Savona.

“There are a lot of good pieces. It’s a great opportunity to pick up some nice glass,” said Bobby Rockwell, son of the late Bob Rockwell. “These were things that he didn’t keep in the museum or the store. This was stuff he actually had at his house. Things that he liked, which makes them even more special. There’s some darn nice pieces there.”

Horton said many members of the Carder Steuben Club are expected at the auction but the doors are open to the general public. The Carder Steuben Club has members from throughout the U.S. and Canada.

Rockwell had a collection of more than 5,000 Frederick Carder Steuben glass.

Upstate Auction Company had been consigned to sell a variety of Carder Steuben Glass pieces from the private collection of the late Rockwell.

“What makes this auction special is these are all from the private collection of Bob Rockwell,” Horton said. “Bob Rockwell is often credited around the world as the guy who saved Carter Glass. I’m expecting 100 plus collectors to be at the auction.

Horton said he is glad the auction will be held in Corning.

“I really wanted to make sure this auction was in Corning ro highlight the life of Fred Carder,” Horton said. “A lot of these pieces are not stuff you will see in an auction locally anytime soon. I really happy to be doing this auction because Bob Rockwell sold me my first Carder Steuben glass when I was 15-years-old. It mean a lot.”

Horton thanks the Carey family for allowing them to use the ballroom of Carey’s Brew House free of charge.