Straw Jar & Cover

Item Number:  #CC-14
Approximate Size:  4″ Top D – 12″ H
Production Dates:  1915-1928

The main body of the Straw Jar was produced from the same glass mould as the 10″ Vase.  The two items are often confused with each other.  Though made from the same mould, the Straw Jar bottom was made with a bigger opening so that it could accommodate a cover (or lid).  If one tried to put a Straw Jar Cover on a piece that was designed to be a 10″ Vase, it would not fit. The lid would be too big, as the 10″ Vase has a smaller opening in comparison to the Straw Jar.

The Cover is the same piece that is used as the lid for the Sugar and Cover.  This information is good to know, especially if you only have the bottom to the Straw Jar – and are in need of just a cover.  If you are interested in learning more about current availability and pricing for similar pieces, please click the following sponsored link for available Straw Jars on eBay.

Sugar Shaker – HNT

Item Number:  #SUS-01
Dimensions:  4¾” H
Production Dates:  1915-1925

The height of the item is approximately 4¾”, with the top on.  The inside diameter of the neck usually runs between 1⅛”-1¼”, with a 1¾” outside diameter.  While it might not be obvious at first, the glass neck with have a small bevel of ground glass – located on the inside edge of the neck.  The bottom of the glass container often shows a pontil mark or scar, commonly seen in older glass.

Fostoria American Sugar Shaker LidFostoria Glass described this item as the Sugar Shaker; however, upon its debut in the American pattern, it was also known as the “Restaurant Shaker”.  This item has a heavy metal top (H.N.T.), which makes it very easy to distinguish from the newer Cheese/Sugar Shaker.  When this item was first offered, it was available with a pepper top as well.  The sugar top will have thirty-one (31) holes, in the shape of the Star of David.  In contrast, the pepper top will have 15 larger holes.

The Sugar Shakers can also be found in a variety of E.P.N.S. lids and collars.  During the early years of production, these shakers were sent to metal working companies that mounted them with silver and nickel tops.  The trade business of silver-fitting and mounting was exclusively done in the United Kingdom, which is the reason E.P.N.S. Sugar Shakers are commonly referred to as the “English-Style Sugar Shakers”.  Only the regular Sugar Shakers (H.N.T.) were featured in the Fostoria American catalogs.

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Cheese/Sugar Shaker

Item Number:  #661
Dimensions:  4½” H
Production Dates:  1978-1982

The Cheese/Sugar Shaker did not have a long life, so the details pertaining to this item are pretty straight-forward.  It came to life from popular demand.  There was an earlier Sugar Shaker that was produced when the American pattern debuted in 1915; however, it had a heavy metal top and was only produced for about ten years.  The American pattern pressed on for another fifty years without a similar shaker, so the Cheese/Sugar Shaker was a welcome addition when it was offered in 1978.

Fostoria Glass described this item as the “Cheese/Sugar Shaker”.  The glass piece, whether you use it as a Cheese Shaker or a Sugar Shaker, is the same identical item.  Fostoria designated only one item number to this piece – not two.  They did; however, offer two different chrome tops that could go with it – a cheese top and a sugar top.  The sugar top has fifteen (15) round holes; the cheese top has eleven (11) larger round holes.

I have found many discrepancies among authors and publications regarding production dates, item numbers, and even its size.  I have measured my own personal items and the height of the piece is approximately 4½”, with the top on.  The bottom diameter of the glass is about 3″, with an approximate interior neck opening of 1½-inches.  The Cheese/Sugar Shakers will not have a ground neck.

Details on this piece are important, as they will help you in distinguishing between a 1915-era shaker and the newer shakers of 1978.  The Cheese/Sugar Shaker has a slightly wider bottom than the earlier Sugar Shakers.  Another interesting tidbit is that the glass container of the Cheese/Sugar Shaker is the same glass bottom that was used for the Dripcut Syrup.  They are interchangeable.

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Hair Receiver Box & Cover

Item Number:  #CC-09
Dimensions:  3⅛” Sq. – 2⅞ H
Production Dates:  1916-1925

Years ago, hair receivers were very much in favor by the ladies of the house.  Women would recycle their hair, and collect it after brushing and grooming.  The hair was kept in a container, usually made from a variety of materials from ceramic to crystal.  The American pattern produced one such item – the Hair Receiver & Cover.  Hair would be placed in the box, via the hole in the cover.  The hair would be collected and later used in a number of ways; the most popular being turned into a hair rat.  A “rat” was a form that was made out of a woman’s own hair, and then used to make a bigger hairstyle.  Hair was also collected for stuffing purposes – such as for making pincushions and other items.

The Hair Receiver is almost identical to the Square Puff & Cover, with the obvious difference being seen in the lid.  The Hair Receiver has a hole in the center of the cover.  The inside diameter of this opening is approximately ⅞”, with a finished and smoothed edge.  The measurement of the entire box – with the cover in place – is about 3⅛” in length and width, and 2⅞” in height.

Finding these items in undamaged condition gets harder with each passing year.  Many of the covers (or lids) are found chipped or cracked.  Lifting and placing the covers on the boxes should be done carefully, and always with a gentle touch.  If you are interested in learning more about current availability and pricing for similar items, please click the following sponsored link for Hair Receiver Boxes on eBay.

Round Puff Box & Cover

Item Number:  #CC-11
Dimensions:  3½” Base D – 2⅞” H
Production Dates:  1916-1928

The Round Puff Box & Cover was introduced in 1916, one year after the Square Puff Box & Cover made its debut.  It had a much shorter life than its square sibling, but long enough for us to still find them today.  These are not common items, and finding one in good to excellent condition is getting more difficult with each passing year.  Many of the covers (or lids) are found chipped or cracked.  Lifting and placing the covers on the round boxes should not be done with great haste, and always done with a gentle touch.

Vanity or boudoir items of the American pattern usually had a specific purpose.  Puff boxes are one such example.  They were usually filled with face or body powder – a dusting powder of sorts, usually accompanied by a powder puff.  Once the original product was used, the glass boxes could then be refilled as needed.  The boxes could also be used for a variety of other purposes, in addition to being used as a decorative item.  These boxes are treasures from another period, and quite beautiful to behold.

I would imagine that this piece was not that easy to make, as it has an exquisite round glass cover with a smooth top.  The cube design is visible from the top; however, it is pressed from the underside – leaving a top that is smooth to the touch and easy to handle.  When it comes to powder jars, things can get messy quick, so this cover design was probably very appreciated by the ladies trying to keep their boxes clean and pristine.  The Round Puff Box often has a ground bottom, which sits itself quite well on the dresser or tabletop.  There are three rows of cubes in the body of the round box, with twenty (20) rays embedded in the bottom portion of the glass.

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Square Puff Box & Cover

Item Number:  #CC-12
Dimensions:  3⅛” Sq. – 2¾” H
Production Dates:  1915-1943

It has been my experience that vintage puff boxes and powder jars seem to hold a special place in a collector’s heart.  While the Fostoria Glass Company did produce a few of them in their American line, it is the Square Puff Box & Cover that was produced the longest.  This is an item that is usually not difficult to sell, as the interest in them has grown over the years.  Finding them in undamaged condition; however, takes a bit more patience.  Many of the covers (or lids) are found chipped or cracked.  Lifting and placing the covers on the boxes should not be done with great haste, and always done with a gentle touch.

Vanity or boudoir items of the American pattern usually had a specific purpose.  Puff boxes are one such example.  They were often filled with face or body powder – a dusting powder of sorts, usually accompanied by a powder puff.  Once the original product was used, the glass boxes could then be refilled as needed.  The boxes could also be used for a variety of other purposes, in addition to being used as a decorative item.  These boxes are treasures from another period, and quite beautiful to behold.

The Square Puff Box & Cover was primarily made in clear crystal; however, it was also produced in limited colors during the mid-1920s. This item was one of several pieces included in the colored Boudoir Sets of 1925-1926.  The colors available at that time were Amber, Blue, and Canary.  The colored boxes are obviously much more difficult to find, due to their limited years of production.

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