Candlestick – Amber

Item Number:  #A-314
Height:  2⅞”
Estimated Production Dates:
Mid-1980’s to early 2000’s

With no accurate records to validate exact production dates for items produced by L. E. Smith Glass Company, I can only give an approximation as to when these items were produced.  My best estimate would be from the mid-1980’s through the early 2000’s.  These items were being sold, under the Fostoria American label, in the Wheeling Fostoria Outlet Store during that time.

Fostoria Glass primarily produced this candlestick in clear crystal.  Dalzell Viking Glass also made it in a few different colors – such as pink and green.  The L. E. Smith Glass Co. produced these pieces in cobalt blue and amber.  I will state; however, that the quality of glass and craftsmanship on the L. E. Smith pieces that I own do not compare to those made by Fostoria Glass.

Fall Decorating | American Candlestick | AmberMy personal opinion on these candlesticks is this … the ones actually produced at the Fostoria glass factory have the greatest clarity and craftsmanship of them all.  They; however, are also the most plentiful.

The colored candlesticks, whether produced by L. E. Smith or Dalzell Viking, are more difficult to find.  They had a much shorter production life.  They do; however, offer a way to introduce different shades and colors into your tablescape, which is always a nice option for the hostess.

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Candle Lamp Complete

Item Number:  #310
Height:  8½”
Production Dates:  1939-1943 and 1953-1970

The Candle Lamp, when complete, is another wonderful treasure to behold.  Quite often one can easily find the 3″ Candlestick, but finding the other candle parts is a bit more challenging.  The American 3″ Candlestick was sold separately (and quite popular as such); however, it was also a very important element of the Candle Lamp.  Depending on the production period, other individual pieces were also vital in assembling a complete and authentic American Candle Lamp.

I happily discovered an interesting tidbit of information when I did research for this piece.  During its first production phase of 1939, the complete Candle Lamp included two extra pieces that were not included when it was reintroduced in 1953.  Those two pieces were a Candle Lamp Pot and a Wax Light.  A little piece of wax would be placed in a lamp pot, and then that same pot would be placed in the lamp base dish.  The Candle Lamp Pots were eventually eliminated (along with the Wax Lights) and were not part of the reintroduced complete Candle Lamp of 1953.

Fostoria | American | Candle Lamp Parts

On the second production run, the complete Candle Lamp consisted of just three individual items (shown above).  Those items were the 3″ Candlestick, the Candle Lamp Base, and the Candle Lamp Chimney.  The American Candle Lamp Bases had pegs so that they could be inserted and seated within the candle chamber of the 3″ Candlestick.  Since Fostoria Glass was no longer including Lamp Pots or Wax Lights at this time, the idea for lighting was to simply put a votive or warming candle in the Candle Lamp Base.  That was the way it remained until the piece was discontinued.

Interestingly, the Lamp Bases and Chimneys were also used with other lines of Fostoria – such as the Colony, Flame, and Spool patterns.  If you can’t find the proper pieces while searching for the American pattern, I would recommend doing a search for the other mentioned glass patterns as well.

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Hurricane Lamp – Complete

Item Number:  #459
Height:  12”
Production Dates:  1939-1943 and 1953-1958

The Hurricane Lamp, in its complete and original form, is truly a special find.  The complete Hurricane Lamp consists of two pieces – the Base, and the Chimney.  While one could certainly use the base without the chimney, it is not considered complete without the two original pieces.  The base is rather substantial; however, the chimney is fragile.

The Hurricane Lamp is one of those items in the American line that was made for a short period of time, then taken out of production.  It came back to life in 1953, and had a production run for another six years.  During that time a consumer had three options – buy a complete Hurricane Lamp, buy just the Hurricane Lamp Base, or only purchase the Hurricane Lamp Chimney.  Therefore, it is entirely possible to find the American Hurricane Base being used with a different chimney, and vice-versa.  Since the items were sold separately, people could use and display them as they wished.

Fostoria | American | Hurricane LampWhen buying these pieces; however, you should be aware of how a “Fostoria American Hurricane Lamp” is often listed on eBay and other online auction sites.  Many times a seller will list their item as a Fostoria American Hurricane Lamp and Chimney, when it is not.  In most instances, they only have the Hurricane Lamp Base – not the Hurricane Chimney (which is harder to find).  Before making a purchase, I recommend reviewing the pictures and descriptions of the two separate items (Base and Chimney) to guarantee that you are purchasing an original Fostoria American Hurricane Lamp.

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Hurricane Lamp Chimney

Item Number:  #461
Height:  9½” – 9¾”
Production Dates:  1939-1943 and 1953-1958

The complete Hurricane Lamp consists of two pieces – the Lamp Base, and the Lamp Chimney.  While one could certainly use the base without the chimney, it is not considered complete without the two pieces.  The base is rather substantial; however, the Hurricane Lamp Chimney is fragile.

During the years that Fostoria Glass produced the Hurricane Lamp, a consumer had three purchasing options.  They could either buy a complete Hurricane Lamp (which was two pieces), buy only the Hurricane Base, or make a solo purchase of just the Hurricane Chimney.  Therefore, it is entirely possible to find the American Hurricane Lamp Chimney being used with a different base, and vice-versa.

Fostoria | American | Hurricane Lamp ChimneyThe Hurricane Lamp Chimneys are delicate, to say the least.  The top ruffled edge has eight depressions in its design, and is almost 3½” in diameter.  These pieces are hand blown glass, so measurements can vary slightly.

If you are wanting to purchase a replacement chimney for your lamp (which is not Fostoria American), you would need to find one with a similar base size – which is approximately 2⅞ inches.  I am referring to the base (bottom) of the chimney itself, not the measurement of the Hurricane Lamp Base.

Fostoria | American | Hurricane Lamp Chimney BaseThe bottom of most chimneys are ground, so they are rough to the touch.  Take extra care when handling.  Many chimneys will have minor chipping to the bottom edge – which is quite common.  Finding one with minimal chipping is definitely a great find.

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Hurricane Lamp Base

Item Number:  #460
Height:  3”
Production Dates:  1939-1943 and 1953-1958

Here is another piece in the Candle Holders & Lighting category that is truly special.  The complete Hurricane Lamp consists of two pieces – a base and a chimney.  While one could certainly use the base without the chimney, it is not considered complete without the two pieces.  The base is substantial; however, the chimney is quite fragile.

The Hurricane Lamp is one of those items in the American line that was made for a short period of time, then taken out of production.  It came back to life in 1953, and had a production run for another six years.  During that time a consumer had three options – buy a complete Hurricane Lamp (which was two pieces), buy just the Hurricane Base, or only purchase the Hurricane Chimney.  Therefore, it is entirely possible to find the American Hurricane Base being used with a different chimney, and vice-versa.  Since the items were sold separately, people could use and display them as they wished.

When buying these pieces; however, you should be aware of how a “Fostoria American Hurricane Lamp” is often listed on eBay and other online auction sites.  Many times a seller will list their item as a Fostoria American Hurricane Lamp and Chimney, when it is not.  In most instances, they only have the Hurricane Lamp Base – not the Hurricane Chimney (which is harder to find).  The correct description for such an item should be “Hurricane Lamp, complete with a chimney and a Fostoria American Base”.

Fostoria | American | Hurricane Lamp Base

If you were to turn the Hurricane Lamp Base over, and view it from the bottom, you will notice six glass nodules.  (You can also see and feel them quite easily when looking at them right side up; however, the bottom view provides a clearer picture of them).  These nodules are what holds the chimney up, while sitting in the base.  So, if you were wanting to purchase another chimney (that was not Fostoria American), you would need to find one with a similar base size – which is approximately 2⅞ inches.

The bases have stood the test of time very well; therefore, you will find more of them than the fragile chimneys.  If you are interested in learning more about current availability and pricing for any of the parts associated with the Hurricane Lamp, please click the following sponsored link for available Hurricane Lamps on eBay.

2-Light Candelabra, 16 U.D.P.

Item Number:  #C-03
Height:  6½”
Production Dates:  1936-1942

The Fostoria Glass Company produced an array of beautiful candelabra, candlesticks, and candle lamps in a variety of patterns and colors.  They made candlesticks for dresser and perfume sets, as well as candlesticks for formal and informal table settings.  All of these items are beautiful in their own right.  Featured in this post is a beautiful 2-Light Candelabra, with 16 U.D.P., from the infamous American 2056 line.  It’s striking, to say the least.

The 2-Light Candelabra is almost identical to the Duo Candlestick, with one exception.  The Duo Candlestick does not include a bobeche, or the hanging prisms.  What is a bobeche?  According to Merriam-Webster, their definition is the following … “usually a glass collar on a candle socket to catch drippings or on a candlestick or chandelier to hold suspended glass prisms”.  This definition is perfect for the 2-Light Candelabra, as the bobeche does catch wax drippings and it suspends the gleaming prisms beautifully.

Fostoria | American | 2 Light Candelabra

Fostoria Glass used the No. 2527 Bobache (Fostoria’s spelling) for their 2-Light Candelabra, and it has eight holes for hanging the prisms.  Incidentally, the correct spelling for the crystal bobeches is with an “e”, not as an “a” that is often seen in various catalogs and glass books.

What does the U.D.P. stand for?
U.D.P. = U Drop Prisms 
The prisms refract light easily, and truly assist in filling out the candelabra with wondrous beauty.

The 2-Light Candelabra is approximately 6½” tall, with a 9¼” spread.  The outside diameter of the bobeche is about 2⅞”, and they were produced in clear crystal.  One should take care when moving or storing them, for the pointed ends can chip with careless handling.

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