Just about every elegant glass company made a Laurel cutting of some sort. Some companies came up with clever names and some, well, some just called the pattern Laurel. Fostoria Laurel has thin lines above and below the simple leaf cutting, but the way you can spot this as Fostoria is the blank or stem shape. This pretty piece is the Sceptre stem with little points near the top of the stem. Fostoria used Sceptre for other patterns including Lido etching and Cynthia cutting. It is an elegant and distinctive shape. The next point is how do you know this is the cordial? You can pick out the cordials by the capacity of the goblet. Cordial stems are one ounce. Remember that wine goblets in vintage patterns were usually small, 3 to 4 ounces, and lots of times people confuse them with cordials. (After all, they look like cordials and one style today is big wine goblets that you serve only about a third full.) If you buy glass online and the seller calls a stem a cordial always confirm the capacity if it's not given. Last point is what do you do with cordials? Liqueurs used to be called cordials. Think of Irish Mist, Cointreau, Amaretto. My dad gave me a bottle of Drambuie for Christmas one year and I like to savor it in a special glass. If you enjoy a drink like this then get a set of different pattern cordial stems and use them the next time you want a treat. Thanks for visiting. Enjoy your weekend!
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