Match Box ~ Hair Pin Box & Cover

Item Number:  CC-05
Approximate Size:  3½” L – 1¾” W – 1½” H
Production Dates:  1918-1924 (when sold as a “Match Box”)

This little box went by two names – the Match Box and the Hair Pin Box & Cover.  This item was first introduced in 1915 as the Hair Pin Box, and stayed in production under that same name until approximately 1925.  It is important to note that this box was only referred to as a “Match Box” when it was used in the crystal 5-Piece Boudoir Set from 1918-1924.  During those same years, this item was available for purchase as a solo Hair Pin Box, or one could purchase the Boudoir Set (which contained the exact same box, labeled as a Match Box).

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Tobacco Humidor

Item Number:  K-01
Height:  7¼”
Production Dates:  Contract piece; no dates available.

Fostoria American Tobacco HumidorFirst and foremost, this item is a “contract” piece.  Fostoria Glass did not sell a Tobacco Humidor to the general public; therefore, it was not featured in Fostoria catalogs or magazines.  The glass portion of the Tobacco Humidor is the base to the Fostoria American Cookie Jar.  The bases were sold to other companies, who in turn, added wooden and/or moisturizing elements.  The end result was a Tobacco Humidor.

A humidor is any container designed to store cigars, cigarettes, or pipe tobacco at the ideal level of humidity – which is usually 68 to 75 percent.  Several of the Tobacco Humidors you see with the Fostoria American cookie jar bottoms had a metal container attached to their wooden top, which contained the clay moistener.  Humidity was often achieved by adding water – preferably distilled.  All humidors needed an airtight seal or cover.  A couple of variations for the Tobacco Humidor can be seen in regards to the woodwork – some offering just a wooden base and cover – while others also included built-in pipe stands.

Smaller “Cigar” Humidors can also be found, which showcased a different glass bottom.  These items were made with a couple different variations to the lid, which were mainly produced in metal.  The smaller Cigar Humidors, like the Tobacco Humidors, were also considered contract pieces.

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Cigarette Box and Cover

Item Number:  374
Approximate Size: 
4¾” L – 3½” W – 2″ H
Production Dates: 
1934-1958

The Cigarette Box & Cover is really a stunning piece of glass.  Even though many of us don’t smoke today, there was a time in our history when it was quite the popular thing to do.  Look at any old Hollywood movie, and it seems everyone was smoking.  I believe Fostoria Glass would have been amiss if they had not produced a cigarette holder for smokers, as it was quite in vogue at the time this piece was born.  Decades later, this glass box is still a stunner – and it makes for a beautiful addition to any room.  Ladies love to use them today for holding jewelry, pearls, or other special treasures.  This box can really be used for anything, as there is nothing in the design that shows it was initially used for cigarettes.

The Cigarette Box and Cover is about 2″ high, 4¾” in length, and 3½” in width.  It consists of two separate pieces, the box and the cover.  While this item was originally sold separately, it was also one of the items in the 5-Piece Smoker Set. The Smoker Set consisted of one Cigarette Box and Cover and four Square Ash Trays.  Smoker Sets were often set out on tables when entertaining guests, and were often seen accompanied by other American items – such as the Decanters and Ice Tubs.

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Topper – 3″

Item Number:  715
Height:  3″
Production Dates:  1939-1958

Fostoria American 3" Topper - White Milk GlassWhen the crystal Topper was first introduced, it was marketed as a cigarette holder.  Back then, when smoking was very popular, the perfect host would set the table with ash trays, cigarettes, and matches for their guests.  The 3″ Topper was the perfect size to hold the cigarettes, while the 2½” Topper held the matches.  The top diameter of the 3″ Topper is approximately 4½ inches.

All of the Toppers in the American line were also offered in White Milk Glass.  Each of the Milk Glass Toppers had different production dates; however, the 3″ Topper was produced from 1954-1965.  This particular sized Topper was very popular, and it had the longest production life during the Milk Glass years.

After the sale of Fostoria Glass and under the new ownership of Lancaster Colony, the 3″ Topper was then produced by Dalzell Viking Glass in a Cranberry Mist color.  The Cranberry Mist color is not cataloged, and appears to have been a smaller production run.  Other colored Toppers have also been found (mostly experimental).  The only colored 3″ Toppers that were regularly produced and cataloged by Fostoria Glass are the White Milk Glass items.

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Topper – 2½”

Item Number:  714
Height:  2½”
Production Dates:  1939-1958

The 2056 line of Toppers includes some of the most under-appreciated items in the entire American pattern.  Many times they are ignored or overlooked, for when the Toppers stand empty and alone … they just don’t stir up a lot of excitement for most folks.  In truth, they are very versatile pieces which can be used for a multitude of purposes and holidays.  These hats are adorable for St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Mother’s Day, and many other celebrations!

The smallest of these Toppers is the Topper Ash Tray.  From there, the next size up is this 2½” Topper.  When it was first introduced, it was listed as 2¼” tall, and then later it was described as being 2½” in height.  Therefore, you can expect slight size variations between those two measurements.  The top diameter is approximately 3¾”, with a clear glass rim.

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Ash Tray – 5″

Item Number:  123
Approximate Size: 
5″ Sq.
Production Dates:  
1957-1974

Fostoria | American | 5" Ash TrayOut of all the smoking accessories that Fostoria produced in the American pattern, it is this Ash Tray that is the largest.  The official Fostoria documents state the measurement at 5-inches.  My Ash Trays; however, are about 4¾” – when measured from side-to-side.  It has a squarish shape, with rounded corners.  The bottom of the piece has a nice star-burst design, and flares outward from the bottom to the top edge.

The 5″ Ash Tray is a heavy specimen, and is crafted beautifully.  As far as smoking accessories go, this piece is definitely one of the most gorgeous ash trays I have ever seen.  It displays a perfectly-sized indentation for a cigarette to rest in each of the four corners.  Due to its weight, size, and allowance of four cigarettes to be used at one time, this is the perfect ash tray to be used by multiple smokers and/or guests.

Even while many of us don’t smoke today, one can still appreciate the craftsmanship and beauty of these items.  Use them for alternate purposes, and enjoy them … for a complete Fostoria American collection would not be complete without them.

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