Last week we covered several of our stemware listings in honor of the upcoming holiday feasts. Much as I like vintage etched crystal goblets I was glad to finish the week up and move to a new topic. So what’s up this week?
This week marks the kickoff of the Christmas holiday and buying season – although many of you might have all your gifts nicely wrapped and tagged hiding under the bed – and others of you probably procrastinate till Christmas eve. Nonetheless, in honor of the week, I want to show off one of our Christmas glass pieces, this ruby red candle holder from Fostoria.
This pattern is called Coin and those satin round sections look like little coins. Originally in the 1880s coin patterns mimicked US coins but this was frowned on by the folks that worry about counterfeiting. The later designs look coin-ish but don’t replicate any real US coinage designs.
Fostoria made Coin from 1958 to 1982. When Fostoria went bankrupt in the mid 1980s Lancaster Colony bought many molds, including Coin. Lancaster Colony then remade many of the pieces. These reproductions / remakes were priced high enough initially that they didn’t crash the market for the original vintage pieces.
Lancaster also made a few pieces for Avon that today are very slow sellers. (As in they don’t sell.) Some of the remade pieces included the urn, creamer and sugar, salver (which is a fancy name for a big plate), nappy (which is a fancy name for a smallish bowl), cigarette holder, candy jar, covered bowl and oval bowl.
Lancaster Colony did not remake the ruby candle holders. These are the original vintage pieces.