More Optics in Vintage Elegant and Depression Glass – Fostoria Fairfax

This Fostoria Fairfax cup has no pattern whatsoever, yet it has a unique style due to the optic and shape.

Fostoria Glass Fairfax Blue Cup

Fostoria Glass Fairfax Blue Cup

Plates show the optic in the rim. Can you see it here on the topaz yellow Fairfax salad plates? Fostoria used Fairfax for many etched patterns because the simple design looked wonderful with their gorgeous designs like June or Trojan. The optic added to the style without fighting.

Fostoria Fairfax Topaz Yellow Salad Plate

Fostoria Fairfax Topaz Yellow Salad Plate

I just listed the crystal Fairfax saucers which have the optic – and it’s easier to see in this photo.

Fostoria Fairfax Crystal Saucer Rim Detail Showing the Optic

Fostoria Fairfax Crystal Saucer Rim Detail Showing the Optic

Here’s the same cup and saucer, but with the Trojan etch. I love this pattern. It doesn’t look like much in my reference books, but when I saw it in person I was awed by the gorgeous shapes and design.

Fostoria Glass Trojan Topaz Cup & Saucer

Fostoria Glass Trojan Topaz Cup & Saucer

Some glass patterns used the optics to frame panels, that the company could use for etches.  On the saucer the Trojan design motifs, a palm shaped leaf and a little scroll, are on each of the panels between the optics, very appealing and delightful to look at. This is such an effective way to use the optic, take advantage of the panels.

Fostoria Trojan Topaz Saucer

Fostoria Trojan Topaz Saucer

We are going to need more posts to cover optics and how they are used to frame patterns and add a bit of sparkle!

Fostoria Glass Cabot Dot Optic Crystal Sherbet

Optics Make Vintage Glass Sparkle

Have you noticed how some stems seem to have extra sparkle and an extra note to their design?  That might be an optic.  Glass companies used molded shapes on the interior to give a bit of extra dimension and looks. Some optics are vertical. Some are subtle.  Your eye notices the difference but it doesn’t […]

Mayfair Blue Depression Glass

Beautiful Glass from the Depression Era – Glass Show Memories

Have you been to a depression glass show?  Go if you get a chance.  You’ll see gorgeous, unusual glass in patterns and colors that will overwhelm you with the styles and beauty. Hocking’s Mayfair is one of the most popular depression glass patterns, but it’s not been one of my favorites.  I like the green […]

Linda C's Unknown Etched Crystal STemware

Four Steps to Identify Glass – Heisey Crinoline Etched Stemware

Linda C shared photos of her unknown etched crystal.  The stems have a unique treatment at the top, right under the bowl, and at the bottom just above the foot. They look like little curls or nubs in a progressive pattern. I couldn’t make out the etched design at all on the picture, but the […]

Cambridge Valencia Etched Line 3500 Crystal Cocktail

Cambridge Valencia Etched Crystal – Wreath, Ribbon and Trellis

For some reason Valencia has been a wall flower, sitting in the corner while its popular sister pattern Rose Point gets all the attention.  Cambridge made Valencia from 1933 to 1939 only in crystal.  Although they produced it for 6 years, it must not have sold very well as it is far less common today […]

Princess Green Depression Glass Grill Plate

Princess Green Depression Glass Grill Plate with Closed Tab Handles

Princess from Hocking Glass is one of the square-ish depression patterns we wrote about here.  One of our last antiquing trips I got a set of Princess green grill plates and just got them listed.  One of the plates has a bad chip so I didn’t list it.  (If anyone wants it, just pay shipping […]

Doric and Pansy Pink Child Sugar

Pretty Polly Depression Glass aka Doric and Pansy Child’s Dishes

Did you have doll dishes when you were a child?  Mine were Blue Willow china, just a few pieces that I shared with my sister.  We still have the doll dishes today and Dave and I use Blue Willow china! Back in the depression era glass companies marketed a few patterns in smaller sizes meant for doll […]

Two Confusing Patterns – Old Cafe and Fortune Depression Glass

Here’s the thing with these two patterns:  Hocking Glass made both Old Cafe and Fortune in the same colors, pink and crystal, and about the same time period.  Add the fact the patterns look very similar and you have an identity crisis! Here is Fortune, a very small pattern with only a few pieces.  This […]