Item Number: #307
Production Dates: 1938-1983
This is the Fostoria American Footed Cake Plate. It is approximately 12 inches across. The Footed Cake Plate (3-Toed) had a long production life and it is still fairly easy to locate in today’s aftermarket. It was produced from approximately 1938-1983.
Be informed, for there is also a Look-Alike Cake Plate in the American Whitehall pattern. Many people selling the Look-Alike item often classify it as Fostoria American, when in truth – it is not. The differences between the two is noted and pictured in my premium Whitehall PDF Report. The American Whitehall piece is called a “3-Toed Cake Plate”.
It is not considered a rare piece in Fostoria’s line; however, it will prove to be quite an asset. It is very versatile when it comes to serving your guests different food items. You can serve many desserts other than cake on this plate – from appetizers to cupcakes and more. The possibilities are endless.
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Item Number: #306
Production Dates: 1948-1982
The Handled Cake Plate is a very versatile piece. When compared to other Fostoria American cake serving pieces, it is smaller in scale and general appearance. With two handles, it is very easy to transport from one place to the next – and is not bulky in weight. It is a very useful dish for serving a variety of foods – from desserts, appetizers, breads, etc.
The Handled Cake Plate is approximately 10″ in diameter. The measurement from handle to handle is about 12″. It has a beautiful starburst (or ray) design in the center.
This piece was first introduced around 1948 and then produced for many years afterward – up to about 1982. A more common piece in the Fostoria American pattern, it will not be too difficult to locate in today’s aftermarket. If you are interested in purchasing this piece, please click the following sponsored link for available Handled Cake Plates on eBay.
Item Number: #631
Production Dates: 1924-1982
The Fostoria American Square Salver is a very impressive piece of glass. While most people today call this piece a “Cake Stand”, Fostoria called it a “Salver” – which simply means a tray that was especially made for serving food or beverages. Fostoria produced two Salvers – the square one you see pictured here, and the beautiful Round Salver. Other cake stands and/or servers were also made.
The Square Salver is approximately 10″ in width, with a height of about 7¼”. When the two Salvers were produced, Fostoria Glass Company put a higher price tag on the Square Salver. Most of the time, but not always, it is more expensive to buy in today’s market than the Round Salver. The Round Salver was introduced first, around 1916. A few years later, the Square Salver was introduced. Both were kept in the production line until approximately 1982.
Like the Round Salver, the oldest of pieces have their tops and bottoms attached with molten glass. Later versions had tops and bottoms that were glued together – which can come apart. When, and if this happens, the two separated pieces could be mistakenly perceived as two entirely different pieces in the American pattern. In years past, some people have even used the bottom piece as a wig or hat stand. I would recommend using the services of a glass expert when you decide to put the two pieces back together again.
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Item Number: #T-10
Production Dates: 1934-1943
This is the Fostoria American Handled Cake Tray (with a metal handle). While it is called a Cake Tray, it can be used to serve a variety of other foods, other than cake. It has an approximate diameter of 10½” and has a shiny metal handle in the center of the plate tray. The metal handle is substantial, and looks somewhat like a question mark.
Unlike some of the other Fostoria American cake stands and servers, this piece was only produced for about a decade. An older piece of the Fostoria American pattern, it will not be as plentiful on the open market … but still, one can usually buy the Handled Cake Tray without too much difficulty.
My fascination with this particular version of the Fostoria American cake servers is that it is different. It has a chrome metal handle that shines, and a plate tray that reflects light and color brilliantly. It is beautiful and elegant … but understated. Perfect for just about any occasion – formal, or otherwise.
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Item Number: #639
Production Dates: 1978-1983
This Fostoria Cake Stand was the last type of cake server that the American pattern produced. Though there are published books that state this piece was first produced in 1979, I would disagree. I have an Eastern Price List Supplement from Fostoria Glass Company, dated 1/1/1978, and it states that the “Cake Stand” was added to the American Pattern at that time. It was a new addition that was added to their catalog, along with another new item – the Cheese/Sugar Shaker. Both items were added due to popular request.
While the bigger cake servers in the American pattern had official names such as “Salver”, Fostoria Glass Company simply called this piece a “Cake Stand”. It is approximately 10½” in diameter, and about 4″ high. Though not as big as it’s siblings, it is still a beautiful and elegant cake server.
While this Cake Stand was produced in the latter part of Fostoria’s reign, as such – it had a shorter production life. This could very well account for one reason, out of many, why it still commands a good price when it is re-sold to a new buyer. It is slightly lighter in weight (though still heavy) than the Round and Square Salvers, and it bears a different design on the plate’s edge. The edges flow upward, with graceful curves or points. Another difference worth pointing out is that this piece does not have an indentation (or “well”) in the center glass.
The Fostoria American Cake stand is definitely a beautiful and wonderful piece, and would be a lovely asset to have in your American collection.
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Item Number: #630
Production Dates: 1916-1982
The Fostoria American 10″ Round Salver is a thing of beauty. Most people simply refer to it as a Cake Plate; however, Fostoria Glass Company called it their 10-in. Round Salver. Fostoria also made a Square Salver; however, it is the round version that had a longer production life and is usually easier to find. Both versions are equally gorgeous.
This piece of Fostoria glass is heavy and substantial. Indeed, it is no light-weight and weighs in at 5 lbs. It is about 10″ in diameter, with an approximate height of 7¼”. Made for many years, it’s production ended in the early 1980’s. Afterwards, Fostoria produced a new Cake Stand – which was smaller and less expensive.
Glass cake salvers and plates with pedestal stands were made by Fostoria and other American glass makers in the middle of the 20th century. Because of the manufacturing process, the glass pedestals often had shallow wells at the point where they were attached to the plates. These depressions are sometimes referred to as rum or brandy wells. While I could not find any Fostoria catalog that referenced these indentations as any type of well or spill, quite a few collectors and glass enthusiasts still refer to them as such.
Many families, and their ancestors, would pour liqueur (brandy, rum, etc.) on top of the cake and use the wells as a means to catch any excess that would soak through to the bottom of the plate. In times when plastic wrap was still not invented, liqueur was often used to help keep the cake moist and flavorful. Ingenious, I dare say.
Fostoria made several different pieces that could be used for serving cake – from trays with glass handles to those with metal handles. There is even a “Tid Bit Set” that is most perfect for serving pre-cut pieces of cake. Even though the official names of the pieces might not have had “cake” in them, their excellent design offers you a variety of cake-serving options.
However you slice it – the Fostoria American Round Salver is still one of the most beautiful cake trays that has ever been produced, bar none.
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