Item Number: #SV-02
Approximate Size: 6¾” H – 11 oz.
Production Dates: 1915-1925
This lovely, and very old piece, makes a grand impression on the table. The Molasses Can made its debut in 1915. It was only produced for about ten years, and during that time, different variations of the top were offered. The tops most often showcased a thumb piece design. The thumb piece either featured a shell design, or it was plain – with a thin outline. Other types of tops have also been seen; however, I have not seen those illustrated in any of the early Fostoria American catalogs.
The lid components of the Molasses Can were made out of an alloy called Zamak (or Zamac). The tops were also produced in sheet metal, which is not as strong, or thick, as Zamak. The sheet metal lids are typically stamped “Patent Pending” inside. No matter the material that was used in production, all of them were plated with a layer of metal – typically nickel. The nickel plating helped with wear and corrosion resistance. Fostoria even used the initials E.N.T. (Ewer Nickel Top) in the item’s description to reflect that nickel was used.
Another type of server that was also produced during the 1915 timeframe is the Syrup with a Metal Handle. Both of these servers are exquisite pieces from the American pattern. If you are interested in learning more about current availability and pricing for the Molasses Can, please click the following sponsored link for available Molasses Cans on eBay. The results will probably be limited; however, they do show up for sale every now and again.