This is the Fostoria American Oblong Butter and Cover dish in the Fostoria American line. This particular piece has an approximate height of 2 1/8″, a length of 7½” and a width of 3¼”. All pieces can vary slightly in size, as each piece was handmade.
The butter dish comes in two pieces, with a bottom and a cover (or lid.) It is important to note that Fostoria did produce another butter server in their American line – the Round Butter and Cover. It was introduced first and is generally considered more rare and valuable than the Oblong piece.
This dish can be used in a variety of ways, other than for just serving butter. If the lid is inverted, or turned upside down, it can act as a beautiful storage or flower box. It would be beautiful set on a table filled with individual sugar or tea packets, allowing guests to retrieve them in an orderly fashion.
American Whitehall also produced an oblong Butter/Cover Set, which included the tray and cover as well. These two dishes are remarkably similar; however, only one can be genuine Fostoria American.
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