Item Numbers: #B-07 (9″) – #416 (10″) – #417 (11½”)
Three Sizes: 9″, 10″, and 11½”
Production Dates: See Below
The very first item to debut was in 1915, and it was the larger 11½” Oval. The other two smaller Ovals were introduced in 1916. Out of the three different sizes, the smaller 9″ Oval had the shortest life – only being produced until the late 1920s. The 10″ Floating Garden (Oval) debuted in 1916 and it’s last year of production was in 1973. The larger 11½” Floating Garden (Oval) was last made in 1958. The Floating Gardens were primarily in constant production throughout their lives; however, there were a few intermittent years during wartime when they were dropped from the 2056 production line.
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Item Number: BX-01
Approximate Size: 5½” L – 2¼” W – 1½” H
Production Dates: 1940-1948 as Flower Box; 1940-1983 as Oblong Butter Cover
The Flower Box is actually the same piece as the Oblong Butter Cover. Fostoria simply described it as two separate pieces, each with a different use. When it was displayed as a Flower Box, it was classified under the “Vases” category. It was only described and shown as a Flower Box for a few years; thereafter, it was eliminated from the catalogs. The Oblong Butter Cover; however, continued to be in production through 1983.
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Item Number: V-11
Approximate Size: 10″ H
Production Dates: Mid-1920’s (circa 1925)
The Fostoria American Bagged Vase is a hard-to-find item, only being produced in the mid-1920’s. By 1928, it was no longer in production. While similar in shape and overall size of the 10″ Cupped Vase, the differences between the two can be seen in the top opening. Both pieces of glass came from the same mould; however, each was shaped with a different neck. The Bagged Vase is much more difficult to find than the Cupped Vase.
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Item Number: 716
Production Dates: 1940-1958 (Crystal Version)
Since all other American Toppers were part of the Smoking Accessories category, one would logically assume that this grand 4″ size would be too. It’s bigger, so maybe it was used for cigars – instead of cigarettes? One could use it as a cigar holder; however, the 4″ Topper was considered a vase – not a smoking accessory. Each Topper had a specific purpose, and this larger one had nothing to do with smoking – and everything to do with flowers!
Being the largest of all Toppers produced in the American pattern, it stands about 4″ high and has a top diameter of approximately 6″. It was also offered in white milk glass. The Topper Vase was only produced in milk glass for about five years, circa 1954-1959.
After the sale of Fostoria Glass and under the new ownership of Lancaster Colony, the Topper Vase was then produced by Dalzell Viking Glass in a plum and bluish-gray color. Other experimental colored Toppers might show up from time to time; however, the only color put into production at the Fostoria Glass factory was white milk glass. The plum and bluish-gray Toppers were produced by Dalzell Viking Glass, under the American label.
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Item Number: 763
Production Dates: 1940-1982
The Footed Bud Vases in the Fostoria American line came in two versions – Cupped or Flared. Both versions offered two different sizes – 6″ or 8½”. The Footed Bud Vase pictured here is the 6″ Flared version. Sizes are approximate, as these pieces were hand-made. The 6″ Flared Bud Vases were also produced in other colors – such as Ruby and Milk Glass tints (Aqua, Peach, or White.)
After the Fostoria Glass Company closed its doors, several moulds in the American line were then transferred over to the new owner, Lancaster Colony. Thereafter, several pieces in the Fostoria American line were produced by other glass companies, such as Dalzell-Viking, etc. The Footed Bud Vases, Cupped or Flared, were some of those pieces.
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The Fostoria Glass Company was very proud of their milk glass, and they made their pieces by hand … just like antique originals. The American Bud Vases that were produced in milk glass have a soft and mellow look to them. Peach milk glass specimens are quite beautiful, consisting of fine quality and a porcelain-like finish.
The Fostoria American 6″ Flared Bud Vase was primarily made in clear crystal; however, they were also produced in a small assortment of milk glass colors – such as Aqua, White and Peach. While there are certainly one-of-a-kinds, whimsies, and/or sample pieces in existence, the most commonly produced American milk glass items are the following:
- Footed Bud Vase, Flared – 6″
- Footed Bud Vase, Flared – 8½”
- Square Footed Vase – 9″
- Topper Ash Tray
- Topper – 2½”
- Topper – 3″
- Topper – 4″
- Wedding Bowl and Cover
White milk glass pieces are the easiest to locate, as they were produced for a longer period of time. The Peach and Aqua colors are a bit more difficult to find, as they were only produced from 1957 through 1959.
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