Handled Sugar and Cover

Item Number:  #673
Height:  5¼″
Production Dates:  1924-1982

The Handled Sugar and Cover is the only sugar server in the American pattern that was both handled and covered.  It was introduced into the 2056 line in the mid-1920’s and remained a popular item for many years.  The Handled Sugar and Cover is larger than the Tea and Individual Sugars, making it the perfect sugar dish for serving a large gathering.

While this particular item was not sold in an official set, Fostoria Glass did produce a great companion piece in the Creamer (AKA Cream).  These two items, when paired together, make for a beautiful presentation.  Due to their bigger size, they look quite appropriate sitting on a dinner or banquet table that has been set for multiple guests.

Contrary to popular belief, the Handled Sugar was also available without a Cover!  The Handled Sugar, without a lid, is about 3¼” tall.  They were cataloged as separate items, and one could purchase either the covered version – or just the sugar bowl (without a lid).  The covered version was item #673; the uncovered version was item #674.

Fostoria | American | Handled Sugar and Cover

The Handled Sugar and Cover is about 5¼″ tall.  The sugar bowl has a smooth top rim, void of any serrated edges.  This is an item that disproves the age-old myth that we so often hear, “All Fostoria American pieces have three seam lines.”  The Handled Sugar and Cover has a total of four mould seam lines – both in the sugar bowl itself, and also in the Cover.

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Individual Sugar

Item Number:  #687
Height:  2½″
Production Dates:  1915-1982

The Fostoria American Individual Sugar can be found as a separate item, or as part of the 3-Piece Individual Cream and Sugar Set.  The Individual Sugar is a pioneering piece in the American line.  It debuted in the 1915 Catalog Supplement that first introduced the American pattern, and continuously stayed in production until the very end – circa 1982.

The Individual Sugar is about 2½″ tall and it was never available with a cover or lid.  The 3-Piece Set included a third item – a Sugar and Cream Tray, and it has a measurement of approximately 8″ from handle to handle.  The same Tray was used for both the Individual and Tea-sized Cream and Sugar Sets.  Of the two sets, the Individual Cream and Sugar Set is the largest.  The Tea Cream and Sugar Set is the smallest.

Fostoria | American | Tea and Individual Sugar

I have posted a photo above that shows the Tea Sugar (on the left) and the Individual Sugar (on the right).  Hopefully this picture will help some collectors distinguish between the two sizes.  Please study the photo, as some published books on Fostoria American have the photos of the Tea Cream & Sugar and the Individual Cream & Sugar 3-Piece Sets reversed, which has created a bit of confusion.

As mentioned earlier, the Individual Sugar was continuously produced until 1982.  The 8″ Tray was not introduced until 1938; however, it also remained in production until 1982.  If you are interested in purchasing similar Fostoria American items, please click the following sponsored link for available Cream and Sugars on eBay.

Tea Sugar

Item Number:  #692
Height:  2½″
Production Dates:  1939-1974

The Fostoria American Tea Sugar can be found as a separate item, or as part of the 3-Piece Tea Cream and Sugar Set.  Based on the name and description of this item, its purpose was to be used when serving tea.  Some folks refer to this piece as a “Mini Sugar”.  The Tea Sugar is about 2½” tall, and it came without a lid.  It is the smallest Sugar in the American line.

As I have used this beautiful piece over the years, I noticed that its diminutive size does not easily allow a teaspoon to sit in it.  A regular spoon looks overbearing, and it tends to slip out of the bowl.  When I researched my archives, I noticed that old Fostoria ads would feature it being used with cubes of sugar – not loose sugar.  The sugar was then served with sugar tongs; not with a spoon.  This application makes perfect sense to me, as trying to get a spoon to stay in the small bowl is a bit difficult and awkward.

Fostoria | American | Tea SugarThere is much etiquette involved when it comes to the subject of tea, and numerous types (or styles) of tea parties are known throughout the world.  A Cream Tea, Low Tea, and/or an Afternoon Tea are occasions when having an American Tea Sugar in service would be most proper and fitting.  The Tea Creamer is another companion piece that is necessary for tea parties, which makes it quite easy to understand why Fostoria sold them as a set – complete with a Tray.

The Tea Creamer and Sugar pieces did not have as long a production life as their bigger siblings; however, they were still made for an impressive thirty-five years!  Their actual production dates were from 1939-1974.  If you are interested in purchasing similar Fostoria American items, please click the following sponsored link for available Cream and Sugars on eBay.

Creamer

Item Number:  #680
Height:  4¼″
Production Dates:  1915-1982

The Fostoria American Creamer (AKA Cream) is the largest of the three tabletop creamers.  Unlike the Individual and Tea Creamers, the regular Creamer was not sold in a set.  It does have a companion piece; however, in the Sugar & Cover.  The two separate items complement each other nicely.  This Creamer is the perfect size for serving more than one person.

The Creamer is another pioneering piece in the American line.  It debuted in the 1915 Catalog Supplement that first introduced the American pattern, and it continuously stayed in production until the very end – circa 1982.

American Whitehall versus Fostoria American Creamer

American Whitehall (on the left). Fostoria American (on the right).

The American Whitehall pattern did produce a Creamer that is very similar to the Fostoria American piece.  As seen in this picture, one defining difference between these two items is the placement of their respective handles.  The Fostoria handle starts at the very top rim of the Creamer. The American Whitehall handle; however, starts about ½” below the top rim.

To help distinguish between the two, the Fostoria American Creamer is larger – both in size and holding capacity.  The FA Creamer is about 4¼″ tall and has a holding capacity of approximately 9½ ounces.  The AW look-alike Cream Pitcher is about 4″ tall, with a holding capacity of 7½ ounces.

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Individual Creamer

Item Number:  #688
Height:  3″
Production Dates:  1915-1982

The Fostoria American Individual Creamer can be found as a separate item, or as part of the 3-Piece Individual Cream and Sugar Set.  The Individual Creamer is a pioneering piece in the American line.  It debuted in the 1915 Catalog Supplement that first introduced the American pattern, and it continuously stayed in production until the very end – circa 1982.

The Individual Creamer is about 3″ tall and has a holding capacity of approximately 4 ounces.  The 3-Piece Set included a third item – a Sugar and Cream Tray, and it has a measurement of approximately 8″ from handle to handle.  The same Tray was used for both the Individual and Tea-sized Cream and Sugar Sets.  Of the two sets, the Individual Cream and Sugar Set is the largest.  The Tea Cream and Sugar Set is the smallest.

Fostoria | American | Tea and Individual Creamers

I have posted a photo above that shows the Tea Creamer and the Individual Creamer, side-by-side.  Hopefully this picture will help some collectors distinguish between the two sizes.  Please study the photo, as some published books on Fostoria American have the photos of the Tea and Individual Cream and Sugar 3-Piece Sets reversed, which has created a bit of confusion.

As mentioned earlier, the Individual Creamer (AKA Individual Cream) was first introduced in 1915.  This item, along with the Individual Sugar, were continuously produced until 1982.  The 8″ Tray was not introduced until 1938; however, it also remained in production until 1982.  If you are interested in purchasing similar Fostoria American items, please click the following sponsored link for available Cream and Sugars on eBay.

Tea Creamer

Item Number:  #693
Height:  
2½”
Production Dates:  1939-1974

The Fostoria American Tea Creamer can be found as a separate item, or as part of the 3-Piece Cream and Sugar Set.  Based on the name and description of this item, its purpose was to be used when serving tea.  Of all the creamers made in the Fostoria American line, the Tea Creamer is the smallest.  It is also the least plentiful in today’s market.

The Tea Creamer is about 2½” tall and has an approximate holding capacity of 2½ ounces.  The Tea Creamer and Sugar pieces did not have as long a production life as their bigger siblings; however, they still were made for an impressive thirty-five years!  Their actual production dates were from 1939-1974.

There is much etiquette involved when it comes to the subject of tea, and numerous types (or styles) of tea parties are known throughout the world.  A Cream Tea, Low Tea, and/or an Afternoon Tea are occasions when having an American Tea Creamer in service would be most proper and fitting.  The Tea Sugar is another companion piece that is necessary for tea parties, which makes it quite easy to understand why Fostoria sold them as a set – complete with a Tray.

If you are interested in purchasing similar Fostoria American items, please click the following sponsored link for available Cream and Sugars on eBay.

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