Confection & Cover

Item Number:  CC-10. CA (Canary)
Dimensions:  5½” L – 4½” W – 2⅜” H
Production Dates:  1925-1926

This box was used in the colored Boudoir Sets of the 1920’s.  It had a short life span as a Confection and Cover, as they were only produced in three colors –  Amber, Blue, or Canary.  These are not common items, and worthy of special attention.  When this same box was produced in clear crystal, it enjoyed a much longer life as the Handkerchief Box & Cover.  Therefore, a Confection and Cover = a box in Amber, Blue, or Canary.  A Handkerchief Box & Cover = a box in clear crystal.

The colored Boudoir Sets of 1925-1926 included the following items:

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Bitters Bottle & Tube

Item Number:  BOT-1
Approximate Size:  5¾” H – 4½ oz.
Production Dates:  1934-1943

For those that collect the American pattern, I feel we are fortunate that the Fostoria Glass Company provided us with a few different liquor items.  The various bottles are gorgeous, and even if one does not consume alcoholic beverages, these wonderfully crafted treasures will bring you pleasure.  The Bitters Bottle is different from the Decanter and Cordial bottle, as it has a “Tube” (a chrome-plated metal top, affixed with a cork on the bottom).  Today, people might refer to this item as having a dasher cork.  The tube allows for the appropriate dash of bitters, providing a precise method of delivery.

Fostoria American Bitters Bottle w/ Label

Contract Piece – Fostoria American Bitters Bottle w/ Label

The American 2056 Bitters Bottle that was sold to the general public did not have a glass label.  The term “label” is referring to those bottles that have a glass name plate moulded within their body.  The labeled bottles, frosted or clear, were contract pieces made for other companies – most notably, the National Silver Deposit Ware Co. of NY.  These contract pieces can be found with different names inscribed on their labels – such as Bitters, Angostura, Brandy, and Orange.  Please remember, though, that the regularly produced Bitters Bottle that was cataloged and sold from Fostoria’s regular production line is the bottle without a glass label (shown in the post’s main photo).

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Molasses Can w/ Glass Handle

Item Number:  SV-02
Approximate Size:  6¾” H – 11 oz.
Production Dates:  1915-1925

This lovely, and very old piece, makes a grand impression on the table.  The Molasses Can made its debut in 1915.  It was only produced for about ten years, and during that time, different variations of the top were offered.  The tops most often showcased a thumb piece design.  The thumb piece either featured a shell design, or it was plain – with a thin outline.  Other types of tops have also been seen; however, I have not seen those illustrated in any of the early Fostoria American catalogs.

The lid components of the Molasses Can were made out of an alloy called Zamak (or Zamac).  The tops were also produced in sheet metal, which is not as strong, or thick, as Zamak.  The sheet metal lids are typically stamped “Patent Pending” inside.  No matter the material that was used in production, all of them were plated with a layer of metal – typically nickel.  The nickel plating helped with wear and corrosion resistance.  Fostoria even used the initials E.N.T. (Ewer Nickel Top) in the item’s description to reflect that nickel was used.

Another type of server that was also produced during the 1915 timeframe is the Syrup with a Metal Handle.  Both of these servers are exquisite pieces from the American pattern.  If you are interested in learning more about current availability and pricing for the Molasses Can, please click the following sponsored link for available Molasses Cans on eBay.  The results will probably be limited; however, they do show up for sale every now and again.

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