(See Oyster Cocktail)
Item Number: #T-05
Production Dates: 1915-1925
The Oval Ice Cream Tray is one item in the American line that I find to be quite intriguing. Depending on what book you read on Fostoria American, it can be referenced to as either a “Tray”, “Platter”, or simply the “Oval Ice Cream”. Interestingly enough, Fostoria’s own 1915 Catalog Supplement displays a picture of it, entitled the “Oval Ice Cream”. However, in their corresponding price list for the same, it lists the piece as the “14 in. Ice Cream Tray”. With all the different names in the various published books, as well as the differences in the Fostoria Glass Supplement Catalog itself, it is easy to understand why it is known by different titles. For me, personally, I will combine the original two names from Fostoria and call it the Oval Ice Cream Tray.
Regarding size, the Oval Ice Cream Tray can vary. Some original Fostoria documents state the length as 13½” and 10″ in width, yet describe it as the 14″ Ice Cream Tray. My own personal specimen is 13″ in length and 9½” in width. You would be wise to expect some slight fluctuations in size when comparing one to another. As in all handmade items, sizes can vary … but the main reason to expect slight size variations on this piece is because it was made from the 11½” Oval Garden mould. Once released from the mould, the piece of glass was then flattened out to create the Oval Ice Cream Tray. How big in size (or inches) the piece is would depend on how “flat” the glass craftsman made the piece during production. Obviously, the more flat it is – the larger in size it will be.
The Oval Ice Cream Tray is very similar in looks to the 12″ Oval Platter. Since these two pieces are similar in dimensions – and the fact that we know size variations do occur – measuring might not be the best course of action to take in determining its true identity. Regarding these particular pieces, the quickest and easiest way to distinguish between the Oval Ice Cream Tray and the 12″ Oval Platter is to count the number of points around the dish. The 12″ Oval Platter will have thirty-two (32) points. The Oval Ice Cream Tray will have thirty-six (36) points.
In summation, the Oval Ice Cream Tray is considered a rare piece in the American line. It was first put into production in 1915 and was only made for about ten years. It is a heavy piece of glass, and without a doubt, one of the prettiest items in the entire line.
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Item Number: #P-06
Production Dates: 1916-1927 and 1932-1944
(aka Ice Cream Saucer and/or Ice Cream Tray)
The Fostoria American Ice Cream dish is known by a couple of different names. When first introduced, Fostoria described it as the Ice Cream Tray and/or an Ice Cream Saucer. Later in production years, it was simply described as the Ice Cream dish.
The Ice Cream dish is approximately 5½” in diameter. Remember, these dishes were handmade – so some size variation is to be expected. The outer rims are flared upward, creating a nice nesting spot for delicious ice cream (or some other tempting dessert).
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Item Number: #33
Production Dates: 1915-1973
This is the Fostoria American Oyster Cocktail; however, when it was first introduced in 1915 – it was called a “Sherbet”. Though it is the same dish, its name did change throughout the years. As time passed (circa 1939) it was simply called an Oyster Cocktail, and so it remained. It had a rather long production life, from 1915 through 1973.
This piece of glassware is beautiful and versatile – and because it is known by different names, I have classified it into two different categories – Desserts and Drinkware. This piece is most known as an Oyster Cocktail, simply because it had a longer production life under that description (versus the Sherbet name). The Oyster Cocktail dish is approximately 3½” tall and can hold about 4½ ounces. With a bowl and a stem, this is a unique and interesting dish in the Fostoria American line.
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Item Number: #05
Production Dates: 1933-1982
This is the Fostoria American Footed Dessert, with a Hexagon Foot. Out of the several dessert dishes that I talk about, this is the only dessert dish that has a hexagon foot. There are other pieces in the Fostoria American line; however, that have a hexagon foot – such as the 10 oz. Goblet and 2½ oz. Wine. The hexagon foot is a polygon with six edges and six vertices.
While there are published books that refer to this piece as a “Sherbet” – I do not. The reason I do not is because it was never classified or named a Sherbet by the Fostoria Glass Company. When they introduced it in the 1930’s, they called it a “Footed Dessert”. Later on, as years passed, they started calling it a “Footed Dessert, (Hex. Foot)”. The Sherbet dishes were first introduced in the 1920’s; however, this particular Footed Dessert dish was not introduced until the next decade.
I feel the Fostoria American Footed Dessert, with a Hexagon Foot, is a bit more elegant than the Regular High Sherbet. The Footed Dessert holds approximately 4½ ounces, and is slightly taller than the Regular High Sherbet by about ¼”. The Footed Dessert is about 4¾” tall.
The Footed Dessert was made for many years, so you should be able to locate them today without too much difficulty. If you are interested in learning more about current availability and pricing for this piece, please click the following sponsored link for available Footed Desserts on eBay. Just remember, some people refer to these pieces as “Sherbets”, “Wine” or “Champagne” glasses. You might need to modify your search criteria to see if more inventory will pop up in your search results.
Item Number: #16
Production Dates: 1915-1982
This is the Fostoria American Sundae dish. Fostoria made several dessert dishes; many were called a “Sherbet” of some type. The Sundae dish stands alone, and simply by looking at it, one can tell it was appropriately named. It just looks like a Sundae dish – waiting for a scoop or two of some delicious ice cream!
The Fostoria American Sundae holds approximately 6 ounces, and is about 3⅛” tall. It is one of the first pieces ever produced in the American 2056 line, and can be seen in Fostoria’s 1915 Catalog Supplement. The Sundae had a long production life as well, and was produced up until 1982.
This is a very versatile dish and can be enjoyed in a multitude of ways. While the Sundae dish is the perfect size for serving ice cream, it also is wonderful for other treats too. I like to put individual servings of fruit in them, especially when I want a pop of vibrant color showing through.
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