Favorite Things: Etched Fostoria Glass

Other than a Shelley teacup, according to family code, the greatest find one could possibly make at an antique shop is Fostoria Glass. The etched crystal that the company made sold like gangbusters at the early part of the last century, gracing the tables of every U.S. president from Eisenhower to Reagan. The etched designs are out of this world, like the little blue goblets found last summer Up North at Then and Now, but so are the other designs like my mother’s platinum-rimmed set, her wedding crystal.

Such artistic greatness originated in the small town of Fostoria in northern Ohio. Fostoria was good to the Abowd family, a town where they could put their entrepreneurial spirit to work in the candy and then the hotel business, and raise a family of seven children while they were at it.

Even though Fostoria Glass up and moved its production to West Virginia just a few years into its heyday in the late 1800s, ultimately closing its doors in 1983, the Abowds associate the crystal with home. And rightly so; the glassware is so gorgeous that it would give any one of us pride of place to say that it originated from the same place we did.

I suppose too that when everyone you know and love from home is no longer there, and the center of town itself has quite literally disappeared—nothing more than a grassy quad now, Uncle Tom says—you’ll search for your Fostoria in every antique shop from Michigan to Florida (as well as here). Then when you find a piece of her, you hold her tight all the way through the store, and take her home.

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7 Responses to Favorite Things: Etched Fostoria Glass

  1. Beautiful pieces. Love them. Lemonade must look fancy in them. :)

  2. Edra says:

    I love the blue Fostoria glasses you found, Maureen. It was so great seeing Charlie and experiencing his imaginative cooking while I was in Carson City. Wish you could have been there with us.

  3. Alex Azar says:

    A favorite cousin of mine, Bert Azzar, had Fostoria’s leading restaurant which was called Bert’s Restaurant. It was very well known for many years. A

  4. tootsie Panayotou says:

    Yes, Crissy has her Yia Yias. They are beautiful and bring so many memories of holidays
    and family fun. You have no idea how many of your letters bring tears to my eyes. Thanks you. Toots

  5. Geralyn Lasher says:

    Oh my goodness–I was just dusting my Fostoria last night as I worked to get my house ready for Easter! Anne and I inherited it from “Miss” when she passed away and it is the most beautiful set and I love it so much because it reminds me of her. What beautiful pictures!

  6. What beautiful glass! Such a grand find for you. The etch is called Versailles and it is breathtaking on the blue glass. Thank you for sharing.

  7. Fiona says:

    Absolutely beautiful and worth holding on to Maureen. I remember seeing etched glasses like this, years and years ago in my grandmother’s display cabinet in her dining room. I remember she called them her Fostoria heirlooms.

 

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