Beautiful Decorations – Etches, Cuttings on Fostoria Century Crystal

We’ve had a fun tour of Fostoria Century crystal, from the special pieces to regular dinnerware, the past few posts.  (They are linked at the end of this post.)  Today let’s look at some of the lovely patterns Fostoria used to decorate Century.

This is Heather, one of Fostoria’s best known and collected etches from the 1950s and 1960s.

Fostoria Glass Heather Etched Crystal 2-Part Relish

Fostoria Glass Heather Etched Crystal 2-Part Relish

Fostoria made Century stemware, but they used their lovely Silver Flutes blank instead for Heather.  You can see the little nubs on the stem that make this blank a good companion for the Century dinnerware and accessory pieces.

Fostoria Glass Heather Etched Crystal Footed Ice Tea Tumbler

Fostoria Glass Heather Etched Crystal Footed Ice Tea Tumbler

Bouquet is another etched pattern that used Century.  It’s not all that common; I have the impression it was not as successful for Fostoria as the contemporary Heather.  This creamer shows the pattern well.  Doesn’t it look like it is a happy, cheerful design?.

Fostoria Bouquet Etched Crystal Century Creamer

Fostoria Bouquet Etched Crystal Century Creamer

One of their nicer cuttings on Century is Sprite.  It’s simple, just a curved line suggesting a branch.  It’s so effective on Century with the complementary curvy shapes on the rim and the design.

Fostoria Century with Sprite Cutting Oil and Vinegar

Fostoria Century with Sprite Cutting Oil and Vinegar

This Sprite torte plate shows the design better.

Fostoria Sprite Cut Crystal Serving Plate

Fostoria Sprite Cut Crystal Serving Plate

Fostoria used Century for Starflower and Camelia etches, Lacy Leaf and Milkweed crystal print, and Bridal Wreath cuttings.

Fostoria used their popular blanks, like Century, as canvas for their gorgeous designs, but they were unusually able to sell their top patterns plain, undecorated.  I’m not aware of many Cambridge blanks that were popular on their own the way the top Fostoria shapes were.  Fostoria was outstanding at marketing, one of the pioneers in direct to consumer advertising.  They had lovely glass and knew how to get it in the hands of the American family.

Links to other posts in this series:

Elegant Glass with Fancy Rims – Curlicues, Loops and S Shapes

Fostoria Century – Curlicues on the Rim and Curlicue Shapes

Fun Pieces in Fostoria Century Crystal Elegant Glass

Fostoria Century – Vintage Crystal Dinnerware to Enjoy Today

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Fostoria Century – Vintage Crystal Dinnerware to Enjoy Today

We’ve been looking at one of Fostoria’s most successful patterns, Century this past week.  You can see some very pretty candle holders here and several interesting pieces like the cheese and cracker set here.   Let’s look at the dinnerware pieces – plates and dishes you use for dinner. The dinner plate says it all: […]

Fostoria Glass Century Crystal Candy Bon Bon

Fun Pieces in Fostoria Century Crystal Elegant Glass

We’ve been looking at Century from Fostoria Glass, their go-to blank during the 1950s.  Century has a lot of looks by itself and was quite popular sold as its undecorated, pristine crystal self.  Here are a few pieces that show the beauty of this simple design. First up is the relish tray.  Nowadays we don’t […]

Fostoria Century Crystal Single Candle Holder

Fostoria Century – Curlicues on the Rim and Curlicue Shapes

Let’s take another look at Fostoria Century.  Last week I shared pictures of a couple Heisey patterns that have similar curlicue rim designs, Lariat and Athena, but truly you are unlikely to mistake Century for anything else. Besides the rim, the shapes are distinctive, as this three-footed Century tidbit shows.  It’s such a graceful piece, […]

Can You Identify Me? Mystery Glass On Parade

It’s been a while since I blogged about the mystery pieces posted on our Facebook page (www.DepressionGlassFun.com) and we have a few real puzzlers to share.  Please leave a comment here or on the Facebook page if you recognize the pattern. Ray V posted this bowl with wide etched band on the rim. The bowl […]

Fostoria Glass Century 2-Handled Bowl

Elegant Glass with Fancy Rims – Curlicues, Loops and S Shapes

Fostoria had a long tradition of making stunning glass shapes that they used for decorations and sold undecorated for dinnerware and more.  During the 1950s and into the 1970s Fostoria’s go-to pattern was Century. These saucers show the design.  Century pieces are round; cups and some serving pieces are footed and the primary design element is […]

Floragold Iridescent Depression Style Glass Lunch Plate

Floragold Plates – Interesting Rounded Square Shapes

This is the last in our series on Floragold depression style glass from Jeannette.  You can read the earlier posts here (bowls, interesting pieces, tumblers and pitchers, pattern background); today let’s look at plates. This dinner plate is a good example.  It is squarish with rounded corners, 8 1/2 inches measuring from side to side, has a […]

Floragold from Jeannette Glass – Depression Style Pattern

We’ve been talking about Floragold lately (bowls here, interesting pieces here and beverage sets here), but what is this pattern?  Is it depression glass? Strictly speaking Floragold shouldn’t be considered depression glass because Jeannette produced it in the 1950s and later.  The pattern is styled like depression glass, with raised mold-etched flowers and leaves, and […]