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.