This is the Fostoria American Oblong Butter and Cover dish in the Fostoria American line. This particular piece has an approximate height of 2 1/8″, a length of 7½” and a width of 3¼”. All pieces can vary slightly in size, as each piece was handmade.
The butter dish comes in two pieces, with a bottom and a cover (or lid.) It is important to note that Fostoria did produce another butter server in their American line – the Round Butter and Cover. It was introduced first and is generally considered more rare and valuable than the Oblong piece.
This dish can be used in a variety of ways, other than for just serving butter. If the lid is inverted, or turned upside down, it can act as a beautiful storage or flower box. It would be beautiful set on a table filled with individual sugar or tea packets, allowing guests to retrieve them in an orderly fashion.
American Whitehall also produced an oblong Butter/Cover Set, which included the tray and cover as well. These two dishes are remarkably similar; however, only one can be genuine Fostoria American. If interested in learning more, please refer to my Digital PDF Report on the differences between the American Whitehall and Fostoria Oblong Butter Dish.
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