This particular piece is very interesting. Why? Because it officially went by three different names – the Small Punch Bowl, the Footed Fruit Bowl, and the Tom & Jerry Bowl. It was introduced to the world in 1915, under the name of the 12″ Footed Fruit Bowl. As years went by, Fostoria Glass eventually listed it in their catalogs as the 12″ Footed Fruit Bowl, Small Punch Bowl, or the Tom & Jerry Bowl.
There has been confusion in the past about a similar American-looking piece that was produced in Czechoslovakia. If you preview this Look-Alike link, search for item #1272 – the Footed Bowl. The piece referenced to in the above link was not produced by the Fostoria Glass Company. While it does “look” like Fostoria American … it is a rare English piece that was first produced in the 1920’s. The pattern is called Georgian, and it was marketed by the National Glass Company, Ltd.
Both items, from both lines, were also available in limited colors. The most common colors in the Georgian pattern were blue and green. Once the Fostoria factory closed in 1986, Dalzell Viking produced the Fostoria pieces from original moulds in limited colors of Cranberry/Pink and Grey/Blue. If you have a Fostoria piece, in either of these two colors, then it was an item produced from approximately 1986-1998.
How can you tell the difference between the Georgian item and the American item? The Georgian Footed Bowl is about 8¼” – 8½” high, which is taller than the American piece. It is also smaller in diameter, by about 1½”, than Fostoria’s Small Punch Bowl. Another easy way to distinguish between the two is to look at their feet. The Georgian piece will have a noticeable mould mark that circles the top outer edge of the foot; the American piece will not. Almost always, the American Small Punch Bowl will have nine rows of cubes. The Georgian piece will have eleven rows of cubes. When it is difficult to count the rows, use the other mentioned traits to help you determine the origin of your piece.
The Small Punch Bowl (aka Footed Fruit Bowl, Tom & Jerry Bowl) was made from 1915-1970. Throughout the years, mould changes and/or repairs could slightly change its look or shape. While the majority of the pieces made had a flared shape, it is possible to find several that were not. Based on catalog renderings, the top edges of older bowls don’t appear to be nearly as flared as the newer versions.
No matter how you use it, or what you call it … this piece of Fostoria American is amazingly versatile – and quite beautiful. Unlike other punch bowls in the line, the Small Punch Bowl is footed. It stands proudly all on its own, without the assistance of any other pieces. The base of the foot is approximately 7¼” in diameter. From the foot to the top rim, the Small Punch Bowl stands about 7¾” high. Expect slight size variations though, as some have been reported to be slightly taller.
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