What Is Fostoria Crystal?

The Fostoria Glass Company manufactured Fostoria crystal and glassware from 1887 until 1983. Its American pattern glassware, produced for 68 years, was the longest continuously produced pattern in the United States glassware industry.

Abundant on Internet auction sites, Fostoria stemware and dinnerware are popular collector items. Colored pieces are valued higher than clear pieces, and older American pattern pieces are valued higher than later pieces. Fostoria produced stemware, container glass and decorative lamps before adding colored stemware and dinnerware. The company struggled through the Great Depression and World War II, but it survived by producing milk glass and depression ware. Each president from Dwight D. Eisenhower through Ronald Reagan ordered glassware from Fostoria.