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: #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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Item Number: #12
Production Dates: 1924-1982
This is the Fostoria American Flared Low Sherbet dish. Fostoria made several sherbet dishes, ranging from a flared design to a “regular” design. One can distinguish between the two because the regular variety does not have flared sides, whereas the Flared Sherbet does. The sherbet dishes also came in different heights, from low foots to high foots.
The Flared Low Sherbet only came with a round foot and holds approximately 5 ounces. It is about 3¼” tall. It is a very versatile dish, and its uses extend much further than their name implies.
Every spring I take them out of the cabinet and fill them up with Easter grass and an assortment of jelly bean “eggs”. Other times, I will simply turn them upside down and use them as decorative pedestals for holding a sweet treat. With a little imagination, you can use these beautiful dessert dishes for just about any festivity or celebration.
The Sherbet dishes in the Fostoria American line were produced for many years, starting around 1924. Production ended in the early 1980’s. Since the Flared Low Sherbets enjoyed a long production life, this allows us the opportunity to purchase them in today’s world without too much difficulty. Please click the following sponsored link for available Flared Sherbets on eBay.
Item Number: #13
Production Dates: 1924-1982
This is the Fostoria American Regular Low Sherbet dish. Fostoria made several sherbet dishes, ranging from a flared design to a “regular” design. One can distinguish between the two because the flared version has flared sides, whereas the Regular Sherbet does not.
The sherbet dishes also came in different heights, from low foots to high foots. Some pieces were offered in a hexagonal foot. The Regular Low Foot Sherbet only came with a round foot, holds approximately 5 ounces, and is about 3½” tall.
An important element to keep in mind when looking for the “real” Fostoria dish is that similar sherbet dishes were made in the Whitehall pattern. The Whitehall Sherbet also holds about 5 ounces, so they are very similar in size and appearance. The Look-Alike dish not only came in Crystal, but also in other colors – such as Green, Gold, etc.
If you should find that your Sherbet dish has seen better days, don’t despair. Even if it has a small blemish, you can still re-purpose them if the flaw is not that big or noticeable. I also use the Sherbet dishes as flower bud bases, which is a great re-use if the rim of the dish has a small flaw. The flowers cover any blemishes, and it makes for a lovely presentation.
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