Item Number: #538
Approximate Size: 4½” L – 3¼” W
Production Dates: 1918-1944; reinstated 1946-1958
The Oval dish is just that – oval in appearance, and petite in size. Since it is a small dish, it was often used for serving almonds and other nuts. At one time it was classified by Fostoria as a “Miscellaneous” piece, and then years later, they included it in their Dinnerware section. Since it is too small to classify as a bowl, I think the most reasonable solution is to consider it a miscellaneous item – happily used at the table.
There is a smaller “Oval Almond” piece that is about 3¾” in length. Often confused with each other, the Oval and Oval Almond are actually two different pieces. The Oval never had a continuous production run, being discontinued after 1944 – and then being reinstated a couple years later.
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Item Number: #TB-02
Approximate Size: 3¾” L – 2¾” W
Production Dates: 1915-1927; 1934-1944; 1946-1950’s (sporadically)
(aka Almond and/or Oval)
The Oval Almond is a pioneering piece in the American pattern, debuting in 1915. Dates from published authors will vary greatly on this piece, as it was produced sporadically throughout the years. It started off as the Oval Almond; however, it was also known as the “Almond” or “Oval” dish. For example, Fostoria referred to it as the Almond in 1944. It was taken out of production shortly thereafter, and when it re-emerged a few years later, it was then called the Oval. This little dish was in and out of production at different points in time.
When Fostoria Glass produced the Oval Almond, it was made in clear crystal. After the company closed down, most of their moulds were purchased by other glass companies. Therefore, if you see this item in color, chances are that it is a reproduction. Wilkerson Glass produced this piece in a few different colors, from the original Fostoria American mould.
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