Item Number: #TB-01
Approximate Size: 3¾″ H
Production Dates: 1915 – late 1920’s (estimated)
There has been much confusion regarding this piece, as published information on it has been conflicting, at best. The production dates that I give are an estimate, and I truly believe that the original Spoons were only produced until the late 1920’s. Price lists and catalog data on the American pattern are still missing for a few years during this time period. It has been confirmed; however, that the Spoons were still being produced in 1925. I don’t show them being produced in 1928. I will post a more definitive ending date once (and if) records should surface.
In 1915, when this item was introduced, Fostoria Glass described this piece as a “Spoon”. Some collectors prefer to call it a Spooner; however, I shall remain true to Fostoria’s original description and spelling of this item. These type of open containers were used to hold spoons on the table, and they did not have a cover. There is; however, a Sugar & Cover (aka Candy & Cover) in the American pattern that has a strikingly similar bottom.
There are differences in a true Spoon and the Sugar & Covers. I seem to have a different approach than most in determining what item is which. The Spoons have a top diameter measurement of approximately 3¼”, versus the larger 4″ opening on the bottom piece of the Sugar & Cover. The S&C covers won’t fit on an original Spoon. Another factor is the number of petals or rays in the bottom of the piece. The original Spoons have a total of 22 rays, whereas many of the Sugar & Cover bottoms have 24 rays. Therefore, we know that the exact same mould was not used for the entire lives of both pieces.
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