What is more romantic than a basket of flowers? Big beautiful baskets spilling with flowers are lovely ways to add color with style and class now – and they were equally popular back in the 1930s. Glass companies all had etched designs with flower baskets.
Fostoria Glass’ contribution to basketmania is this Florentine design. It’s a lovely etch featuring tall baskets with flowers spilling out all connected by swags and surrounded by scrolls and leaves. Pieces like this tumbler date to between 1933 and 1943.
I particularly like this for the scrolls that surround the flower baskets. They add looks and soften the classic style.
Some basket etches from other companies are look like Easter baskets. The Florentine basket is shaped like an urn or a planter. You can see a woven section on the Florentine basket around the middle. Maybe the designer meant it as an outer basket that the happy owner could place her beautiful vase inside to display.
Fostoria made Florentine mostly in crystal, but you can find a few pieces with topaz yellow stem and foot. The topaz is fairly rare.
Fostoria Florentine in crystal is a good choice if you like basket etches. You can get lovely stemware like the footed tumbler and goblets or choose fun accessories like candle holders or bowls, or even a full line of dinnerware. It’s reasonably easy to find, too. We have the footed tumbler in our store here, plus the stemmed water goblet here.