Foot for 18″ Punch Bowl

Item Number:  #611-PB
Height:  4⅝”
Production Dates:  1915-1980

The Fostoria Glass Company produced three different types of supports for their American Punch Bowls.  The punch bowl stands that were introduced first were the Low Foots.  They debuted in the original Fostoria American catalog of 1915.  The Foot for the 18″ Punch Bowl was made from 1915-1980.  Needless to say, it was a very popular item.

The Foot featured in this post was specifically made for the 18″ Punch Bowl.  It is approximately 4⅝” tall, and about 11″ in diameter.  The 11″ Foot has five rows of cubes in its design.  This is an important fact to remember, especially when comparing it to the smaller Low Foot – which displays only fours rows of cubes.

Fostoria | American | Low Foot for 18" Punch BowlIt is easy to confuse the punch bowl bases with the Fostoria American centerpieces.  In fact, Fostoria Glass assigned the same item number to both pieces – the Punch Bowl Base, and the Centerpiece.  I have modified the item # slightly – adding letters to the number so that a distinction can be easily made between the two pieces.  PB = Punch Bowl; CP = Centerpiece.

While the Bases and Centerpieces are basically the same item, there is one distinguishing difference between them.  The true supports for the punch bowls (whatever the size) will not have a rayed center in their glass base.  In other words, the flat center of the base (where the punch bowl actually sits) will be void of any design.  It is a circle of plain glass.  The same-sized Centerpiece; however, will display a rayed center in their glass base.

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High Foot for 14″ Punch Bowl

Item Number:  #601
Height:  7”
Production Dates:  1917-1958

(aka 7″ Flared Vase)

Fostoria Glass produced three different sizes of supports for their American punch bowls.  The first one that was introduced was the Low Foot.  The High Foot made its debut in 1917, a couple years later.  If you turn the High Foot over, its function changes.  Depending on how you want to use it, it can either be a beautiful Flared Vase or the High Foot for the 14″ Punch Bowl.

Fostoria | American | High Foot and 14" Punch BowlMany of the books published on the Fostoria American pattern differ wildly in their production dates on the High Foot.  Based on my research, I know this piece was introduced in 1917.  Contrary to what some books state, the High Foot stayed into production through 1958.  It was made specifically for the regular 14″ Punch Bowl.

The High Foot is about 7″ in height, with a diameter of approximately 9¾” at its bottom. The base that supports the punch bowl is about 6¼” in diameter.  This piece has large proportions, with different cube sizes throughout its design.  The larger cubes are noticed near the bottom, and then as it tapers upwards, the size of the cubes decrease.

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Low Foot for 14″ Punch Bowl

Item Number:  #602-PB
Height:  3¾”
Production Dates:  1915-1982

The Fostoria Glass Company produced three different sizes of bases for their American Punch Bowls.  The punch bowl stands that were introduced first were the Low Foots.  They debuted in the original Fostoria American catalog of 1915, and the Low Foot for the 14″ Punch Bowl was continually made until the glass factory closed in the early 1980’s.

Fostoria | American | Punch Bowl with Low FootThe Low Foot was specifically made for the regular 14″ Punch Bowl.  It is approximately 3¾” tall, and has four rows of cubes in its design.  This is an important fact to remember, especially when comparing it to the larger low Foot – which has five rows of cubes.  The larger low Foot was produced for the 18″ Punch Bowl.

It is easy to confuse the punch bowl bases with the Fostoria American centerpieces.  In fact, Fostoria Glass assigned the same item number to both pieces – the Punch Bowl Base, and the Centerpiece.  I have modified the item # slightly – adding letters to the number so that a distinction can be easily made between the two pieces.

While the Bases and Centerpieces are basically the same item, there is one distinguishing difference between them.  The true supports for the punch bowls (whatever the size) will not have a rayed center in their glass base.  In other words, the flat center of the base (where the punch bowl actually sits) will be void of any design.  It is a circle of plain glass.  The same-sized Centerpiece; however, will display a rayed center in their glass base.

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Small Punch Bowl

Item Number:  #250
Height:  7¾”
Production Dates:  1915-1970

(aka Footed Fruit Bowl and/or Tom & Jerry Bowl)

This particular piece is very interesting.  Why?  Because it officially went by three different names – the Small Punch Bowl, the Footed Fruit Bowl, and the Tom & Jerry Bowl.  It was introduced to the world in 1915, under the name of the 12″ Footed Fruit Bowl.  As years went by, Fostoria Glass eventually listed it in their catalogs as the 12″ Footed Fruit Bowl, Small Punch Bowl, or the Tom & Jerry Bowl.

No matter how you use it, or what you call it – this treasure is amazingly versatile.  The base of the foot is approximately 7¼” in diameter, and the bowl opening measures about 12″ in diameter.  From the foot to the top rim, the Tom and Jerry Bowl stands about 7¾” high.  Expect slight size variations though, as some have been reported to be slightly taller.  While all of the bowls have a flared shape, it is possible to find them less flared – most noticeable towards the top rim.

There has been confusion in the past about a similar American-looking piece that was produced in Czechoslovakia.  If you preview this Look-Alike link, search for item #1272 – the Footed Bowl.  The piece referenced to in the above link was not produced by the Fostoria Glass Company.  These bowls can be found in crystal, blue, green, etc.

Fostoria | American | Small Punch Bowl - BlueOnce the Fostoria factory closed in 1986, Dalzell Viking produced this piece under the Fostoria American label in limited colors of cranberry/pink and grey/blue.  If you have a Fostoria piece – in either of these two colors – then it was an item produced from approximately 1986-1998.

How can you tell the difference between the European item and the American item?  The Libochovice Footed Bowl is about 8¼” – 8½” high, which is taller than the American piece.  It is also smaller in diameter, by about 1½”, than Fostoria’s Small Punch Bowl.

Another easy way to distinguish between the two is to look at their feet.  The Libochovice piece will have a noticeable mould mark that circles the top outer edge of the foot; the American piece will not.  Almost always, the American Small Punch Bowl will have nine rows of cubes.  The Libochovice piece will have eleven rows of cubes.  When it is difficult to count the rows, use the other mentioned traits to help you determine the origin of your bowl.

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Punch Bowl – 18″

Item Number:  #610
Height:  9”
Production Dates:  1915-1980

The Fostoria American Punch Bowls are exquisite.  This 18″ Punch Bowl was one of the first to be produced, along with its smaller sibling – the 14″ Punch Bowl.  Both bowls were part of the initial line-up of American dishes that were introduced to the public back in 1915.  It goes without saying that both vessels are a beauty to behold, and a pleasure to serve from.

The 18″ Punch Bowl is the largest of all punch bowls produced in the American line.  When it was initially introduced, it was commonly paired with the Custard Cups and a Low Foot.  The height of the Punch Bowl, when sitting on the Low Foot, is approximately 12 inches.  While the High Foot could be used with the 18″ Punch Bowl, it is the Low Foot that looks more appropriate and balanced with it.  The 18″ Punch Bowl is large, and if perched on a High Foot, it creates a safety issue.  The serving height might also be too tall and problematic for some of your guests.  As years went by, the Fostoria Glass Company even changed their wording in the catalogs to reflect that the “Low Foot is used with the 18 in. Punch Bowl”.

Fostoria | American | Punch Bowl - 18"This particular Punch Bowl has a holding capacity of approximately 3¾ gallons and is about 9” in height (without a Foot).  The top opening is about 18″ in diameter; however, expect size variations.  The punch bowl in my own personal collection has an opening that is closer to 17½” in diameter.

The 18″ Punch Bowl was produced for a very long time – from 1915 until 1980.  Of all the punch bowls made in the 2056 line, it remains the largest of them all … and one of the most beloved.

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Spun Punch Bowl

Item Number:  #PB-01
Height:  6”
Production Dates:  1979-1980

Put simply, the Fostoria American Spun Punch Bowl is different.  There were two 14″ punch bowls produced in the American line, and the spun version was made from 1979-1980.  I believe it was an experiment that ended in unsuccessful results for Fostoria Glass; therefore, it was produced in very limited quantities and was never officially presented in their catalogs.

When compared to other punch bowls in the line, the Spun Punch Bowl looks more like an enormous bowl.  The design is completely different, and this is because it was made by a “spinning” process.  The Spun Punch Bowl is shorter than it’s sibling, the 14″ Punch Bowl.  Due to the spinning process, this is a piece that will not have any mould seams.

Fostoria | American | Spun Punch BowlUnfortunately, the production of spun punch bowls resulted in an undesirable outcome – some pieces being very thick, while others were very thin.  In the end, the Spun Punch Bowl had a short life.  Being sold primarily in select outlet stores, it is the rarest punch bowl in the American line.

When shopping for a Spun Punch Bowl, pay close attention to the thickness of the glass – especially at the top edge.  You should seek one that is uniform in thickness, avoiding any lopsided or uneven specimens.

Due to the thickness and size variations of each punch bowl produced, I will refrain from making a blanket statement of what the dimensions are for all pieces.  I will advise; however, what the measurements are for the piece in my own personal collection.  The top opening is 14″ in diameter, and it is approximately 6″ high.  It has a holding capacity of approximately 2 gallons.

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