Item Number: #602-PB
Production Dates: 1915-1982
The Fostoria Glass Company produced three different sizes of bases for their American Punch Bowls. The punch bowl stands that were introduced first were the Low Foots. They debuted in the original Fostoria American catalog of 1915, and the Low Foot for the 14″ Punch Bowl was continually made until the glass factory closed in the early 1980’s.
The Low Foot was specifically made for the regular 14″ Punch Bowl. It is approximately 3¾” tall, and has four rows of cubes in its design. This is an important fact to remember, especially when comparing it to the larger low Foot – which has five rows of cubes. The larger low Foot was produced for the 18″ Punch Bowl.
It is easy to confuse the punch bowl bases with the Fostoria American centerpieces. In fact, Fostoria Glass assigned the same item number to both pieces – the Punch Bowl Base, and the Centerpiece. I have modified the item # slightly – adding letters to the number so that a distinction can be easily made between the two pieces.
While the Bases and Centerpieces are basically the same item, there is one distinguishing difference between them. The true supports for the punch bowls (whatever the size) will not have a rayed center in their glass base. In other words, the flat center of the base (where the punch bowl actually sits) will be void of any design. It is a circle of plain glass. The same-sized Centerpiece; however, will display a rayed center in their glass base.
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