Lily Pond

Item Number:  #251
Approximate Size:  12″ D – 2¼” H
Production Dates:  1940-1974

One thing worth remembering, especially if you are a new collector, is that Sellers will sometimes incorrectly describe items.  It is not uncommon to see the Lily Pond being described as the Shallow Fruit Bowl.  Just remember that the Lily Pond is the smaller piece of the two, by approximately an inch in diameter.  The Lily Pond has edges that go straight up and slightly inward – as it often holds water.  In contrast, the Shallow Fruit Bowl has sides that flow gracefully outward and upward.

The Lily Pond can be classified as many things.  The shape and original purpose of the bowl was to float flowers in it.  Obviously, lilies first come to mind.  It is also a great dish for utilizing flower frogs, which in turn – hold and display flower arrangements.  When not in use for floral purposes, it is an excellent choice for displaying fruit.

Please note that you need to be a good caregiver of the Lily Pond if using it for flower arrangements.  I do not recommend leaving water in the Lily Pond for extended periods of time.  Like all glass vessels, one needs to wash and dry it well after use.  This is especially important to help prevent water spots from forming.

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Floating Gardens / Ovals

Item Numbers:  #B-07 (9″) – #416 (10″) – #417 (11½”)
Three Sizes:  9″, 10″, and 11½”
Production Dates:  See information in the post below.

These particular items have proven to be somewhat confusing for some collectors, so I will try and consolidate the information for all three sizes into one post.  The first thing we need to address are their official names.  These items were first introduced as “Ovals”.  It was not until almost twenty years later that Fostoria Glass started to refer to some of them as “Floating Gardens”.  Once their name changed to a Floating Garden, it remained so throughout their life.

Regarding sizes, I am giving approximate measurements – as the catalogs and price lists show slightly different sizes over the years – but never more or less than about ½” in length.  For example, in 1915 the first Oval started off as 11½” in length – yet at other times, Fostoria lists it as an 11″ Oval.  Most of the larger Floating Gardens/Ovals will be between 11″- 11½” in length.  The height of the piece is approximately 2⅛”.  Please remember that the sizing of Fostoria American items is not exact, and it is wise to expect slight variations from what the “published” data might represent.

The very first item to debut was in 1915, and it was the larger 11½” Oval.  The other two smaller Ovals were introduced in 1916.  Out of the three different sizes, the smaller 9″ Oval had the shortest production life.  It is the hardest size to find, and a bit reclusive.  Since the 9″ Oval was only produced until the late 1920s, and the name changes did not occur until approximately 1934, this piece was only known as the 9″ Oval.

The 10″ Floating Garden had the longest life of all three sizes.  It debuted in 1916 and it’s last year of production was in 1973.  The larger 11½” Floating Garden was last produced in 1958.  Both sizes were primarily in constant production throughout their lives; however, there were a few intermittent years, including wartime, when they were dropped from the 2056 production line.

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3-Cornered Centerpiece

Item Number:  #363
Width:  11”
Production Dates:  1940-1982

Out of the four American pieces that Fostoria Glass described as a Centerpiece, this one has the most unique shape.  Unlike the others, this centerpiece has three gracefully upturned sides – and rests on three toes.  It is approximately 11″ wide and 3¾” high.  Another similar-shaped item was also produced, the 3-Toed Tri-Corne.  The Tri-Corne; however, was never considered a centerpiece – probably due to its smaller size.

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Centerpiece – 15″

Item Number:  #CP-01
Diameter:  15”
Production Dates:  1935-1944

Of all the centerpieces that the American pattern produced, the 15″ size is the largest and the least plentiful.  Some folks refer to this piece as the “hat-shaped” centerpiece, based on how it looks.  With its large diameter flaring out like a rim on a hat, it’s easy to understand the visible connection.  Fostoria Glass simply called this item their 15″ Centerpiece, and it is approximately 4¼” tall.  Please note that many times this centerpiece may have a larger measurement of 16-inches.  That is the measurement of the one I have in my collection.  Fostoria Glass; however, described its size as 15-inches.  As we all know, expect slight size variations with glass that has been finished by hand.

Fostoria American Centerpiece - 15"Being in production for less than ten years greatly impacts it current supply in the aftermarket – especially when compared to the smaller centerpieces.  This item was produced from the original Hotel Cracked Ice mould, which resulted in a beautiful and distinctive center design.  This same design can be seen in a couple of other pieces, such as the 18″ Torte Plate.  It is, without a doubt, one of the most gorgeous and artistic pieces in the entire 2056 line.  Due to its unique appearance, it is relatively easy to identify.

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Centerpiece – 11″

Item Number:  #611-CP
Diameter:  11”
Production Dates:  1935-1980

The Fostoria American Centerpieces are absolutely beautiful.  Different styles and sizes were produced, each bringing their own style of elegance to the table.  The 11″ Centerpiece began its life in 1935 and was a popular piece for many decades.  It has a smaller sibling, the 9½” Centerpiece.  Both are styled the same way, and their only difference is their size.

It is very easy for collectors to confuse the Centerpieces with the punch bowl bases.  While the two pieces are basically the same item, there is one distinguishing difference between them.  The true supports for the punch bowls (whatever the size) will not have a rayed center in their glass base.  The 9½” and 11″ Centerpieces all have rayed bottoms, and that is the easiest way to tell whether you have a Centerpiece or a Punch Bowl Foot.

The 11″ Centerpiece is approximately 4⅜” in height, slightly taller than the 9½” Centerpiece.  These centerpieces make an ideal choice for great visibility around the table.  Flowers, fruit, candy, and other food items will display beautifully in it.  A centerpiece can also be decorated for different seasons – such as using mini-pumpkins, pine cones, and acorns for an autumn display.  Even everyday food items like lemons and limes look stunning in this piece of glass!

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Water Cress Bowl

Item Number:  #B-04
Diameter:  7¼”
Production Dates:  circa 1925

The Water Cress Bowl is unique, mysterious, and often misunderstood.  Even though the “watercress” vegetable is spelled as one word, I write it as two words when referring to the American 2056 item – simply because that is how Fostoria Glass listed it in their price list.  It is unique because we don’t see too many bowls like this, with a hole in the bottom of the dish for drainage.  It is mysterious because it was only made for a very short period of time; hence, there is not too much documentation on it.  It is misunderstood because previous book authors printed erroneous information about it, mainly stating that it was the exact same dish as the 3-Toed Bon Bon.

There is much dispute regarding the production dates of this piece.  The dates vary greatly among book authors.  Published production dates were often copied from another book – without any authentic research by the author themselves.  Therefore, if the originating book was incorrect – many times the books that followed were also incorrect. For now, until more complete records come forward, the actual production dates are an estimate.  It does appear the Water Cress Bowl and Plate were only produced in the 1920’s, and for a very short period of time.  I do know with certainty; however, that both of these pieces were produced in 1925 – with records to substantiate that claim.

Fostoria American Water Cress BowlDue to what has been written about this piece in the past, many people think the Water Cress Bowl is the same dish as the 3-Toed Bon Bon.  I can’t tell you how much confusion this caused me when I first started collecting the American pattern.  For years, I was looking for the wrong piece.  The Water Cress Bowl looks remarkably similar to the basic shape of the 3-Toed Bon Bon; however, there is one distinguishing factor that makes it different.  The Water Cress Bowl has a center drainage hole in it.  This makes perfect sense, as most vintage watercress bowls of this time period had drainage holes to catch the last drops of water from the vegetable greens.  Watercress bowls from other glass manufacturers usually were seen with a series of drainage holes; however, the Fostoria American bowl only had one – which was slightly larger.  In contrast to popular opinion, the 3-Toed Bon Bon is not the same piece as the Water Cress Bowl.  It could prove to be a costly mistake to think otherwise.

The Fostoria American Watercress Bowl was available as a separate item, and an actual Water Cress Plate was also available.  Interestingly enough, the Water Cress Plate was not available as a separate item and was only sold with the Watercress Bowl.  The Water Cress Bowl is about 2½” high, and the plate is about 8″ in diameter.

Uniquely beautiful, the Water Cress Bowl is used for draining the last drops of water from your watercress greens.  These type of dishes were very popular in the 1920’s-1930’s, and they can still be used today with a little creative vision.  The good news of today is that watercress has recently seen a resurgence in popularity as a superfood!  Even if you don’t eat watercress, most of us delight in serving other leafy greens and an assortment of delicious and colorful fruits.  When entertaining guests, I love to use my Water Cress Bowl to serve berries.  The fruit just glistens, making for a beautiful presentation.

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