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I love dishes, and I continue to haunt thrift stores, estate sales, and other places where vintage china, dinnerware and glassware are to be found.

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Fostoria American – Depression Glass Winner

Fostoria American glass table setting

As part of the recent Great Lakes Depression Glass Club show, the members organized a table setting contest. The work of the four winners was on display as part of the club's educational display at the show.

First prize went to an engagement party table setting using the American pattern by club member Joan Larson.

American was a very popular pattern made by Fostoria from about 1915 to the mid-1980s. Most of the pieces were made in crystal clear glass, but also sometimes in colors. The fact that this pattern was made for so long attests to its popularity.

This pattern has a three-dimensional cube or diamond motif, and lends itself to table settings for many occasions. It also coordinates well with lots of Art Deco and more modern dinnerware patterns.

Fostoria was briefly located in Fostoria, Ohio, but moved to Moundsville, W.Va. within a few years. Lancaster Colony took over in the 1970s, and closed the factory in 1983 (although they continued to make a few of the patterns after this point under the Colony name.)

Depression glass Fostoria American

Look for the clarity of the glass, and the polish (no mold lines) to help you distinguish American by Fostoria from the later pattern American Whitehall by Indiana Glass.  If you can compare known pieces of each at the same time, it will help you identify each maker's work.

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3 comments to Fostoria American – Depression Glass Winner

  • Suzanne

    Hi Kimberly – I am looking for vintage crystal for a wedding present to myself and my husband. I am torn between the Heisey Orchid pattern and the Fostoria Chintz. I understand both are crystal – which would you say is more valuable? I love both but obviously want to invest in what will endure through the generations. Thank you much.

  • Kimbesa

    Both are beautiful, and I’m sure you’d enjoy either or both on your table.

    Sorry, couldn’t predict which might have higher monetary value over the years.

    A lot of the people in this business will advise to get what you will enjoy using, and as the items are brought out and included in family events, they will acquire priceless sentimental value for you and your family.

    I know the choosing is tough. Perhaps a bit of each, to test and help decide which to build into a larger set.

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