Marie asked me what the best Fostoria book is. The answer: It Depends. My go-to books for Fostoria are the volumes by Long and Seate, but sometimes they are a little hard to use or leave me with many questions. My other favorite is a 1970s volume by Hazel Marie Weatherman. My main quibble with this book is that it can be hard to find a given stem. There is a index by name in the back, so if you know you have the Navarre etch you can look up the stem lines it came on. Also, Long and Seate restricted this volume solely to stems and put the dinnerware and accessory pieces in different volumes. One point to note with this reference and all the others I mention is that you cannot rely on the prices or value guides. They are out of date. You can use them as general guideline as far as which colors or patterns tend to be more valuable than others, but don't read that a given stem is $30 and expect to either pay that or sell yours for that amount. You can read a more in-depth review here: Fostoria Stemware Glass Reference Pattern Guide Book Review However, they do not include all the Fostoria lines. The book did not cover the scroll line for example, and some patterns get cursory overviews only. When researching glass it gets tedious having to flip between the stemware and the dinnerware guides but that's a minor complaint. My more in-depth review is here: Fostoria Tableware 1924-1943 Glass Collector’s Guide Long and Seate Both the tableware guides are good, but can be frustrating to use for the type of research I do for these articles. I found them pretty good for pattern identification though, provided the pattern was major enough to get a thorough listing. You can read a more in depth review here: Fostoria Tableware 1944-1986 Long & Seate Glass Book Review There is no price guide although Mrs. Weatherman published pricing guides in the 1970s and early 80s.
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