How do you identify a Fostoria crystal pattern?


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The most reliable way of identifying a Fostoria crystal pattern is by comparing a piece to pictures of the patterns, explains CollectorsWeekly.com. Fostoria produced glass and crystal from 1887 to 1983.

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How do you identify a Fostoria crystal pattern?
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The American pattern was Fostoria's leading seller, being in production from 1915 to 1983. The American pattern looks like an array of cubes in crystal, has a flat bottom and features three or more mould seams. Vertical pieces, such as pitchers, tend to have a curve with a flare at the top.

The several styles made by the company can be differentiated based on their designs:

  • Baroque is a simpler pattern resembling flower pedals.
  • The Century pattern typically features etchings, such as camellias and buttercups.
  • Coin glass was in production from 1958 to 1982 and features round "coins" as part of the design.
  • The Colony pattern is swirled with indentations at the end.
  • The Fairfax is a simple pattern either etched or left blank. Handles attach at the top of the piece.
  • The Heirloom pattern, in production from 1959 to 1970, comes in opalescent pink, green or topaz and is made up of straight pleating in the glass.
  • The Hermitage is a Depression Era pattern that continued production until 1944. It features geometric shapes in green, azure, amber, topaz, gold and ebony.
  • Jamestown is a sturdy pattern with colonial styling.
  • No. 2433, only produced from 1930 to 1935, is an Art Deco pattern found on console bowls, compotes and candlesticks.
  • The Queen Ann, the predecessor to the Colony pattern, is swirled glassware that is quite heavy.
  • Seascape is a simple pattern made of delicate colors.
  • Sunray has "rays" that run down the sides or across the glass.

Some other patterns exist but are very rare.

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