Collecting American Fostoria

I was over at a friends home this last week, and when I went into her cupboard for a pitcher I noticed she had a piece of American Fostoria.  I reached for it and she immediately 'poo poo'd' me by saying 'don't use that, that's old lady.'  I reminded her that it was American Fostoria, which is something I collect - in fact, it is one of my favorite patterns.  She had no idea outside a family heirloom that it was collectible or valued by others.

Fostoria Glass Co. produced high-quality elegant glass tableware for nearly 100 years. Founded in 1887 in Fostoria, Ohio, they moved to Moundsville, West Virginia, in 1892. Today many of their pattern lines are highly sought after by collectors.  As you can see, I own several pieces of stemware which can be used from casual to elegant entertaining.  Since it is clear it goes with anything.  These pieces are still reasonably priced, so you too can get in on adding some history to your collection.  I have the 18"-footed punch bowl, which is incredibly rare with 24 punch cups - make sure and snap it up if you find one.

Line number 2056, American, was Fostoria Glass Co.'s most successful pattern, produced continuously from its introduction in 1915 until the Moundsville, West Virginia, plant closed in 1986.  American Fostoria crystal was celebrated in the early part of the last century for its geometric patterns, transcendent detailing and otherworldly beauty. Ornate and heavy, the crystal was known even during the Depression as a beautiful example of fine craftsmanship across a number of disciplines. Perhaps that's why today, American Fostoria collectors continue to swap tips, tricks, photos and more in deference to this timeless classic.


  1. I had gobs of that stuff I just gave to a thrift shop...I had no, I wonder if I can get it back....LOL

  2. I will never poo poo it again :)

  3. is there a marking to look for? how do I know if its the right stuff?

  4. Look for colorless glass. Most pieces in the Fostoria American pattern are clear with few exceptions. Pieces in the Cube pattern are frequently pink or green.

    Check for a fire polished surface. Fostoria American glass has a smooth finish because pieces were returned to the furnace to soften the edges. Whitehall Indiana glass has a rough finish because the pieces were not fire polished.

    Count at least three mould marks. The majority of Fostoria American glass has three seams with a few rare exceptions. Whitehall usually has two seams.

    Identify Fostoria American glass by the ground bottom. Feel for a flat, level base as opposed to a pressed bottom.

    Look for clarity as an indicator of quality. Fostoria American is Elegant glass, meaning it was more costly to produce and always considered quality glass. Jeanette Cube glass is Depression-era glass, meaning it was cheaper to make and originally considered to be glass of lesser quality. So hold the piece up, if it is transparent, then it's Fostoria. If wavy lines are visible, it's Jeanette.

  5. I just found some (Punch) cups at a garage sale that I think are Fostoria American. They have the 3 lines but I'm still not sure. The handles start a little down on the flared flat clear top - unlike the sugar and creamer which is at the top. They seem to be clear so I just don't know how else to check them. I don't have a black light. Do you have a picture of a Punch cup and what does the inside bottom look like? These are clear and my creamer has a starburst type of bottom. Maybe it's not fostoria. ??? Thanks for any help.