Fostoria American Comport - 8½"

Comport 8½”

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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.

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