Comport 8½”

Item Number:  #B-05
Approximate Size:  8½” D – 4″ H
Production Dates:  1915-1925

The American pattern introduced two Comports in 1915.  This post is about the smaller of the two – the one that has an 8½” top diameter.  It will have twenty-one (21) points in its top edge, and displays a rayed bottom.  If you count the very first row of smaller cubes at the bottom (above the base), the entire piece will have a total of five (5) rows of cubes.  It is a substantial piece of glass, with good weight to it.

Unlike the bigger 9½ Comport, the smaller Comport is not usually confused with other items in the American 2056 line.  At first glance it might look like a Centerpiece; however, pay attention to its measurement – especially the top diameter.  The American pattern did not produce an 8½” Centerpiece.  This item was only produced for about a decade, so any that you find today are to be considered treasures.

Finding true Comports may seem more challenging.  The reason is not just because of their limited life, but also because many people don’t describe them correctly when listing them for sale.  Some books label them as “Open Compotes”, which is not historically correct, but gives you a general idea of how it looks and what its purpose is.  Keep those facts in mind, and adjust your search terms accordingly.  If you are interested in purchasing a similar piece, please click the following sponsored link for available Comports on eBay.  I would also suggest that you search for the additional term of “centerpiece”, as some people might refer to this item as such.

Comport 9½”

Item Number:  #B-06
Approximate Size:  9½” D – 5¼” H
Production Dates:  1915-1925

The American pattern introduced two Comports in 1915.  This post is about the larger of the two – the one that has a 9½” top diameter.  Other characteristics of this large Comport is that it has twenty-one (21) points in its top edge, and showcases a rayed bottom.  Comports without rays were used as the bottom pieces for the Flower Pot, which have a perforated glass cover.  The rayed version will also fit with the cover; therefore, it is a good stand-in as the bottom to the Flower Pot.

The 9½” Comport often gets confused with the 9½” Centerpiece, and even with the Low Foot for the 14″ Punch Bowl.  Since all of these items have the same diameter – 9½”, it is imperative that you look at other physical characteristics.  If you remember to look at the height of the item in question, you should be able to make the correct identification.  The 9½” Comport is the tallest of all three; hence, this is an important distinction.

Another easy way to tell the difference between a Comport and a Centerpiece is to look at the flaring and edging of the piece.  If you notice, the sides of the 9½ Centerpiece will have a higher degree of flaring, with the points on the top edge flowing outward.  In contrast, the top row of cubes on the 9½” Comport is usually straight up – not flared.

This item was only produced for about a decade, so any that you find today are to be considered treasures.  If you are interested in purchasing a similar piece, please click the following sponsored link for available Comports on eBay.  I also would suggest that you search for the additional term of “centerpiece”, as some people might refer to this item as such.

High Foot Comport

Item Number:  #388
Approximate Size:  5″ D – 6¼″ H
Production Dates:  1924-1982

The High Foot Comports were sold two ways – with, or without a cover.  The High Foot Compote & Cover is obviously taller, with a height measurement of approximately 9-inches.  This item is really beautiful, and the long stem makes it grand in appearance and stature.  It’s a wonderful serving dish for small items of food – such as cookies, treats, and/or candy.

I have personally found the terms “compote” and “comport” confusing.  If one truly researches the word comport, it leaves you pondering whether it should be used at all when describing vintage dishes. The true distinction (and confusion) between compote and comport is in the physical characteristics of each.  I will leave it up to your good judgement to make sense of them, and to determine their proper use.  Whether we understand the terminology or not, the fact remains that Fostoria Glass described this item as a comport.  In order to remain authentic and accurate to this item’s history, I shall describe it in the same fashion.

These items were produced for a very long time and are not too difficult to find in today’s market.  If you are interested in purchasing the High Foot Comport, please click the following sponsored link for available Comports on eBay.  I would also suggest that you search for the additional term “candy dishes”, as some people might refer to this item as such.

Pickle

Item Number:  #540
Approximate Size:  8″ L – 1½” H – 4″ W
Production Dates:  1915-1982

The Pickle dish is another pioneering item in the American 2056 pattern.  There were two other similar shaped pieces that were introduced at the same time – the larger Celery and the smaller Olive dish.  The sizes of the three oblong dishes ranged from 6″ – 10″.  The 8″ Pickle is the medium-sized dish.  All of these items make a wonderful trio, and have proven to be great appetizer and buffet servers.  They can even be used for other purposes as well.

This dish should not be confused with another pickle item in the American pattern – the Pickle Jar and Cover. The Pickle Jar was also introduced in 1915; however, it looks entirely different from the regular “Pickle” dish.  One is a covered jar; the Pickle is simply an open pickle server.

If you are interested in purchasing a similar piece, please click the following sponsored link for available Pickle dishes on eBay.

Celery

Item Number:  #360
Approximate Size:  10″ L – 2” H – 4¾” W
Production Dates:  1915-1985

The Celery dish is another pioneering piece in the American 2056 pattern.  It had one of the longest production runs in the entire line, making its debut in 1915.  There were two other similar shaped pieces produced at the same time – the Pickle and the Olive dish.  Of all three, the Celery dish is the largest.  These three pieces are wonderful appetizer and buffet servers, and can even be used for other purposes as well.

If you are interested in purchasing a similar piece, please click the following sponsored link for available Celery dishes on eBay.

2-Part Mayonnaise

Item Number:  #481
Approximate Size:  6¼” D – 2¾” H
Production Dates:  1939-1974

The American 2056 pattern offered different types of mayonnaise dishes.  Consumers had a choice of buying bowlsplates, a Footed Mayonnaise, and even this 2-Part Mayonnaise.  A 2-Part Mayonnaise (with 2 Ladles) – Item #480 – was another purchasing option.

If you are interested in purchasing a similar piece, please click the following sponsored link for available Mayonnaise dishes on eBay.

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