Item Number: 125
Approximate Size: 9″ L – 7″ W – 4″ H
Production Dates: 1940-1958
The Reed Handle Baskets were produced for less than twenty years, and are very easy to identify. While the reed handles make them easy to distinguish, they also can be problematic. Many of the original reed handles are missing on the glass baskets found today. Since the handles were made out of natural material, they are prone to breakage and splitting. Therefore, it is very important to keep your original handle clean and preserved.
I am sure many people will have different and preferred methods of how they clean the handles; however, I will share with you what I do. If they are dirty, I use Murphy Oil Soap to clean them. To get into the small crevices, I use a soft toothbrush. Once the handle is completely dry from cleaning, I then apply Lemon Oil for preservation. Lemon Oil will clean wood too; however, this final treatment helps keep the handle from drying out and cracking. It penetrates the wood, replenishing the oil it has lost over time. This process has worked very well for me, and hopefully will for you, too. It also has a refreshing scent, and helps to prevent mold from developing in the handle. This is important, as you don’t want to apply a wax or preservative over a handle that is still damp from cleaning.
If you are interested in learning more about current availability and pricing for similar items, please click the following sponsored link for Baskets on eBay.
Item Number: M-01
Approximate Size: 6½” W – 3¼” H
Production Dates: 1940-1944
If you are interested in purchasing similar items, please click the following sponsored link for available 3-Toed Tricornes on eBay.
Item Number: 538
Approximate Size: 4½” L – 3¼” W
Production Dates: 1918-1944; reinstated 1946-1958
If you are interested in purchasing a similar piece, please click the following sponsored link for available Ovals on eBay.
Item Number: 47
Approximate Size: 7¼” H
Production Dates: 1981-1982
The Bell was designed by Jon Saffell – a talented model maker and design artist. I would be amiss if I did not mention how fragile this item is. Unlike other pressed glassware from the American 2056 line, the Bell is hand blown. Delicate it is, and great care should be afforded to it.
If you are interested in learning more about current availability and pricing, please click the following sponsored link for available Bells on eBay.
Item Number: M-08
Approximate Size: 3¾″ H
Production Dates: 1915 – late 1920’s (estimated)
In 1915, when this item was introduced, Fostoria Glass described this piece as a “Spoon”. Some collectors prefer to call it a Spooner; however, I shall remain true to Fostoria’s original description and spelling of this item. These type of open containers were used to hold spoons on the table, and they did not have a cover. There is; however, a Sugar & Cover (aka Candy & Cover) in the American pattern that has a strikingly similar bottom.
If you are interested in purchasing similar items, please click the following sponsored link for available Spoons (Spooners) on eBay.
Item Number: 710
Approximate Size: 2⅜” H
Production Dates: 1915-1981
In addition to crystal, the Fostoria American Toothpick can be found in a beautiful Ruby color. The Ruby items were commissioned by the Fostoria Glass Society of America in 1983, to be made as a souvenir. They are stamped on the bottom with the “FGSA” logo.
If you are interested in purchasing a similar piece, please click the following sponsored link for available Toothpicks on eBay. Some Toppers might show up in the search results, as people seem to like to use those items as toothpick holders as well.