Pint Cereal Pitcher

Item Number:  #453
Height:  5⅜″
Production Dates:  1937-1973

As the name implies, this pitcher has a holding capacity of approximately one Pint.  When it was first introduced in 1937, its official name was the “Pint Cereal Pitcher”.  As the years went by, Fostoria Glass simply called it the “Cereal Pitcher”.  With such a precise and descriptive name, one does not have to wonder what this piece was designed or used for.  When placed on the table, this pitcher will hold just the right amount of milk to serve with bowls of cereal.

Fostoria American Cream and Pint Cereal PitcherPitchers and/or Jugs in the American line are often misidentified.  When looking at a picture of a single item, when their is no reference to sizing or measurements, many of them look the same.  Therefore, I thought it would be helpful to show a side-by-side photo of the largest Creamer next to the Pint Cereal Pitcher.  Here you can more easily see their size differences, with the Pint Cereal Pitcher being almost 1½” taller when measured from the top rim of each.

Of all the Pitchers and/or Jugs that Fostoria produced in the American pattern, with the exception of the Creamers, the Pint Cereal Pitcher is the smallest.  It has a 4″ side-to-side outside diameter, 2⅞” foot diameter, and is approximately 5⅜″ tall (measured to the top of the handle).

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Whitehall Snack Set

Description:  Snack Set
Pieces Included:  Plate (with circled rim) and Cup
Pattern:  Whitehall
Colors:  Clear Crystal, Gold, Olive, Riviera Blue, Ruby Flashed Rim

Vintage Dishes | Whitehall Snack Set - Gold

Whitehall Snack Set – Gold

More pictures of the different colors will be added in the future.  If you are interested in learning more about current availability and pricing, please click the following sponsored link for available Snack Sets on eBay.

Tobacco Humidor

Item Number:  #K-01
Height:  7¼”
Production Dates:  Contract piece; no dates available.  See details below for best estimation.

First and foremost, this item is a “contract” piece.  Fostoria Glass did not sell a Tobacco Humidor to the general public; therefore, it was not featured in Fostoria catalogs or magazines.  The glass portion of the Tobacco Humidor is the base to the Fostoria American Cookie Jar.  The bases were sold to other companies, who in turn, added wooden and/or moisturizing elements.  The end result was a Tobacco Humidor.

A humidor is any container designed to store cigars, cigarettes, or pipe tobacco at the ideal level of humidity – which is usually 68 to 75 percent.  Since these items were not actually sold by Fostoria Glass, records and production dates are not available.  The Aztec Clay Moistener was patented in the mid-1920’s; however, this does not mean that this is the time period that these items were produced and sold.  Even though production dates are missing on contract pieces, we can still narrow down the time period to a certain degree.

Fostoria American Tobacco HumidorThe Aztec Clay Moistener Company, Inc. did not come into existence until December 30, 1962, the day they filed in New York as a domestic business.  Many of the clay moisteners were contained in metal lids, which is often imprinted with the “Aztec Clay Moistener Company, Inc.” name.  Based with this knowledge, and the date that this company first went into business, we know that some of the Tobacco Humidors did not exist until after 12/30/62 – regardless of the earlier patent date.  The patent date does not have anything to do with when these items were actually sold to the public. The last year Fostoria Glass produced the Cookie Jars was 1970.  Therefore, I think there is a good possibility that the Tobacco Humidor in this post was probably produced somewhere between 1963-1970.

Several of the Tobacco Humidors you see with the Fostoria American cookie jar bottoms had a metal container attached to their wooden top, which contained the clay moistener.  Humidity was often achieved by adding water – preferably distilled.  All humidors needed an airtight seal or cover.  A couple of variations for the Tobacco Humidor can be seen in regards to the woodwork – some offering just a wooden base and cover – while others also included built-in pipe stands.

Smaller “Cigar” Humidors can also be found, which showcased a different glass bottom.  These items were made with a couple different variations to the lid, which were mainly produced in metal.  The smaller Cigar Humidors, like the Tobacco Humidors, were also considered contract pieces.

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Small Cigarette and Cover – Amber

Item Number:  #CC-06A
Dimensions:  5½” x 2½” x 2″
Production Dates:  1925-1926

When used in the colored Boudoir Sets, this item was known as the Small Cigarette and Cover.  However, when this same box was produced in clear crystal, it was known as the “Jewel Box and Cover”.  During its very limited life as a Small Cigarette and Cover, it was produced in the colors of Amber, Blue, and Canary.

The Small Cigarette and Cover is approximately 5½” in length.  It consists of two separate pieces, the box and the cover.  This item was one of several pieces included in the colored Boudoir Sets of 1925-1926.

The colored Boudoir Set consisted of the following items:

  • 1 Bon Bon
  • 1 Large Cigarette & Cover
  • 1 Small Cigarette & Cover
  • 1 Confection & Cover
  • 1 Small Cologne
  • 1 Square Puff and Cover
  • 1 Pin Tray
  • 1 Comb & Brush Tray

It’s important to note that Fostoria Glass also produced the Hair Receiver in the colors of Amber, Blue, and Canary.  While the Hair Receiver would certainly qualify as a piece that was often kept in the bedroom or boudoir; it simply was not listed as being part of the colored Boudoir Set that debuted in 1925.  The Boudoir Sets of the 1920’s were offered with a variety of items.  The items within the set changed, based on the year the set was offered, and if it was offered in clear crystal or color.

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Match Box and Cover

Item Number:  #CC-05
Dimensions:  3½” x 1¾” x 1½”
Production Dates:  1915-1925

(aka Hair Pin Box and Cover)

The Match Box and Cover is actually the same piece as the Hair Pin Box and Cover.  Since this item was first introduced in 1915 as the Hair Pin Box, and stayed in production under the same name until approximately 1925, it was only referred to as a “Match Box” when it was used in the crystal 5-Piece Boudoir Set from 1918 – 1924.  During those same years, this item was available for purchase as a solo Hair Pin Box, or one could purchase the Boudoir Set.  When sold in the Boudoir Set, the box was called the Match Box and Cover.

The Match Box and Cover is about 3½” in length, 1¾” in width, and 1½” high.  It consists of two separate pieces, the box and the cover.  This item was one of five items included in the crystal 5-Piece Boudoir Set.  This piece was not included in the colored Boudoir Sets that debuted later.

The crystal Boudoir Set consisted of the following items:

Later, around 1925, the Boudoir Set eliminated the Match Box and Cover and replaced it with the Oval Ash Tray and Safety Match Stand.  If you are interested in learning more about current availability and pricing for similar items, please click the following sponsored link for Match and/or Hair Pin Boxes on eBay.

Salt Shaker No. 1 – F.G.T.

Item Number:  #SS-04
Height:  3”
Production Dates:  1915 – documented through 1925 (possibly longer)

Salt Shaker No. 1 – F.G.T. is a very special treasure from the Fostoria American 2056 line.  It is with great pleasure that I am able to present it to you today.  It all started a couple of months ago when I sent out a request on social media asking any FA collectors that owned one-of-a-kind or unique salt shakers to contact me.  Jared McLeod was one of those collectors.  He has graciously provided me with photos (which I have photo-edited where needed), and provided answers to many of my questions.  Unknowingly to him, he had provided me with the last piece of information I was missing to complete a report on the Salt Shakers of 1915.  It is a project I have been working on for years.  Thank you, Jared McLeod. ♥

What excites me most about this item is that I have not seen it featured, or shown, in any published book or catalog.  While some books have certainly mentioned the No. 1 Shaker, F.G.T. in a short line or sentence, pictures of the item were always missing.  I am thrilled to be able to share the following information with you today, made possible by collectors working together and sharing vital information.

Fostoria American Salt Shakers No. 1 - F.G.T. & H.N.T.

From the collection of Jared McLeod

First and foremost, this particular salt shaker is not a one-of-a-kind or a whimsy.  I want to be very clear on that fact.  While most collectors have never seen this item, nor seen a photo of it in a book, that does not mean it was not a regularly produced item in the 2056 line.  Indeed, it was.  It was one of the first salt shakers introduced.  Shaker “No. 1” came with four different top options:

  1. H.N.T. (Heavy Nickel Top)
  2. H.S.T. (Heavy Silver Top)
  3. “W” Top (Glass Disc, with a Heavy Nickel Band)
  4. F.G.T. (Fostoria Glass Top)

What we are witnessing here is the extremely rare #4 item – Salt Shaker No. 1 – F.G.T.  It should not surprise anyone why they are so rare.  They were introduced over 100 years ago, with screw-on glass tops!  Today, we seem to have a hard time finding glass tops in good condition for the later-produced No. 2 Salt Shakers, so imagine how difficult it must be to find them on a pair that are 95-105 years old.  Diligent care was needed over many years to ensure that they would survive for over a century.  Those that endured certainly deserve a place at the head of the table!

I asked Jared if he actually used his shakers, or were they for display purposes only.  He replied, “I use my Fostoria shakers for holidays, but I have a Whitehall set for everyday use. You can never be too careful with the kids around!”  In his good hands, I am sure these shakers will survive for another century.

So, where does one find shakers like these?  I asked Jared just that, and learned that he did not find them online.  He discovered them in an antique mall, while treasure hunting.

“I found them up in Door County a few years back. It’s a picturesque, touristy area on the peninsula of Wisconsin. The set was $10, so I grabbed them and ran!” – Jared McLeod

These shakers, as I mentioned earlier, were introduced in 1915.  After thorough research through Fostoria records, it was determined that they were produced for at least ten years.  While I have never seen actual published production dates attributed to this item, I am now extremely pleased to state they were (at the very least) produced from 1915-1925.  Possibly a few years longer, but I will have to wait for more documentation before making that determination.

Fostoria American Salt Shaker No. 1 - Glass Tops

From the collection of Jared McLeod

The glass tops are approximately 1½” in diameter. The lids are more flush with the sides of the shaker as opposed to the metal H.N.T. shakers.  Each top has 16 holes.  One lid has smaller holes, while the other has larger holes.  I could find no documentation in Fostoria records (regarding this piece) that designated which top was for salt, and which one was for pepper.  The popular opinion upon collectors is that the top with the large holes was for the pepper.  However, there seems to be much debate in modern times when it comes to the “Salt and Pepper Rule”.  I will leave that final determination up to you.

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