Tobacco Humidor

Item Number:  #K-01
Height:  7¼”
Production Dates:  Contract piece; no dates available.  See details below for best estimation.

First 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.  Since these items were not actually sold by Fostoria Glass, records and production dates are not available.  The Aztec Clay Moistener was patented in the mid-1920’s; however, this does not mean that this is the time period that these items were produced and sold.  Even though production dates are missing on contract pieces, we can still narrow down the time period to a certain degree.

Fostoria American Tobacco HumidorThe Aztec Clay Moistener Company, Inc. did not come into existence until December 30, 1962, the day they filed in New York as a domestic business.  Many of the clay moisteners were contained in metal lids, which is often imprinted with the “Aztec Clay Moistener Company, Inc.” name.  Based with this knowledge, and the date that this company first went into business, we know that some of the Tobacco Humidors did not exist until after 12/30/62 – regardless of the earlier patent date.  The patent date does not have anything to do with when these items were actually sold to the public. The last year Fostoria Glass produced the Cookie Jars was 1970.  Therefore, I think there is a good possibility that the Tobacco Humidor in this post was probably produced somewhere between 1963-1970.

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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Small Cigarette and Cover – Amber

Item Number:  #CC-06A
Dimensions:  5½” x 2½” x 2″
Production Dates:  1925-1926

When used in the colored Boudoir Sets, this item was known as the Small Cigarette and Cover.  However, when this same box was produced in clear crystal, it was known as the “Jewel Box and Cover”.  During its very limited life as a Small Cigarette and Cover, it was produced in the colors of Amber, Blue, and Canary.

The Small Cigarette and Cover is approximately 5½” in length.  It consists of two separate pieces, the box and the cover.  This item was one of several pieces included in the colored Boudoir Sets of 1925-1926.

The colored Boudoir Set consisted of the following items:

  • 1 Bon Bon
  • 1 Large Cigarette & Cover
  • 1 Small Cigarette & Cover
  • 1 Confection & Cover
  • 1 Small Cologne
  • 1 Square Puff and Cover
  • 1 Pin Tray
  • 1 Comb & Brush Tray

It’s important to note that Fostoria Glass also produced the Hair Receiver in the colors of Amber, Blue, and Canary.  While the Hair Receiver would certainly qualify as a piece that was often kept in the bedroom or boudoir; it simply was not listed as being part of the colored Boudoir Set that debuted in 1925.  The Boudoir Sets of the 1920’s were offered with a variety of items.  The items within the set changed, based on the year the set was offered, and if it was offered in clear crystal or color.

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Match Box and Cover

Item Number:  #CC-05
Dimensions:  3½” x 1¾” x 1½”
Production Dates:  1915-1925

(aka Hair Pin Box and Cover)

The Match Box and Cover is actually the same piece as the Hair Pin Box and Cover.  Since this item was first introduced in 1915 as the Hair Pin Box, and stayed in production under the same name until approximately 1925, it 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.  When sold in the Boudoir Set, the box was called the Match Box and Cover.

The Match Box and Cover is about 3½” in length, 1¾” in width, and 1½” high.  It consists of two separate pieces, the box and the cover.  This item was one of five items included in the crystal 5-Piece Boudoir Set.  This piece was not included in the colored Boudoir Sets that debuted later.

The crystal Boudoir Set consisted of the following items:

Later, around 1925, the Boudoir Set eliminated the Match Box and Cover and replaced it with the Oval Ash Tray and Safety Match Stand.  If you are interested in learning more about current availability and pricing for similar items, please click the following sponsored link for Match and/or Hair Pin Boxes on eBay.

Cigarette Box and Cover

Item Number:  #374
Height:  2″
Production Dates:  1934-1958

The Cigarette Box and Cover is definitely one of the prettiest “smoking accessories” in the American pattern.  Even though many people don’t smoke these days, the Cigarette Box and Cover can still be used for a variety of other purposes.  When gazing upon this item, most folks don’t automatically assume its sole purpose is to hold cigarettes.  They don’t rightly care; they just know it is a beautiful box and cover – just waiting to hold their treasures!

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

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!

Fostoria American 3" Topper - Cranberry/PinkWhen this particular Topper was 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/Pink color.  Other experimental colored Toppers have also been found; however, the only regularly produced colors for this particular piece is white Milk Glass (made at the Fostoria Glass factory) and the Cranberry/Pink color by Dalzell Viking.

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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!

Fostoria American Topper AdAs I have previously posted, 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 numbers.  The top diameter is approximately 3¾”, with a clear glass rim.

Most of the Toppers in the American pattern are considered Smoking Accessories.  When this particular Topper was introduced, it was marketed as a match 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 2½” Topper was the perfect size to hold the matches, while a larger Topper held the cigarettes (as seen in this 1939 advertisement).

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