Fostoria American Water Cress Bowl

Water Cress


Item Number:  B-04
Diameter:  7¼”
Production Dates:  circa 1925

The Water Cress Bowl is unique, mysterious, and often misunderstood.  Even though the “watercress” vegetable is spelled as one word, I write it as two words when referring to the American 2056 item – simply because that is how Fostoria Glass listed it in their price list.  It is unique because we don’t see too many bowls like this, with a hole in the bottom of the dish for drainage.  It is mysterious because it was only made for a very short period of time; hence, there is not too much documentation on it.  It is misunderstood because previous book authors printed erroneous information about it, mainly stating that it was the exact same dish as the 3-Toed Bon Bon.

Due to what has been written about this piece in the past, many people think the Water Cress Bowl is the same dish as the 3-Toed Bon Bon.  I can’t tell you how much confusion this caused me when I first started collecting the American pattern.  For years, I was looking for the wrong piece.  The Water Cress Bowl looks remarkably similar to the basic shape of the 3-Toed Bon Bon; however, there is one distinguishing factor that makes it different.  The Water Cress Bowl has a center drainage hole in it.  This makes perfect sense, as most vintage watercress bowls of this time period had drainage holes to catch the last drops of water from the vegetable greens.  Watercress bowls from other glass manufacturers usually were seen with a series of drainage holes; however, the Fostoria American bowl only had one – which was slightly larger.  In contrast to popular opinion, the 3-Toed Bon Bon is not the same piece as the Water Cress Bowl.  It could prove to be a costly mistake to think otherwise.

If you are interested in learning more about current inventory and pricing for similar pieces, please click the following sponsored link for available Water Cress bowls on eBay. These type of pieces are rarely offered online; however, anything is possible.  Very often the 3-Toed Bon Bon will show up as the Water Cress, which it is not.

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