Father's Day is next week (already!). Many men prefer blue, gold, green or crystal to the pinks or yellows when it comes to glass, so in honor of Dad's Day, here is this week's glass pick, a blue cup and saucer. The pattern is Fairfax from Fostoria, one of their older shapes, dating to before the depression, 1928 to 1941. Fostoria used Fairfax for about half of their etched patterns during the 1930s when colored glass was in. You can find Versailles, Trojan, June, the brocade etches, Vernon, Kashmir. The Fairfax shape itself is so appealing that it was popular as a line without any decoration. Look especially for pink, blue and topaz as these seem to have sold the best back in the 1930s and are thus available today. Sometimes people combine pieces without decoration with their etched glass to make a pretty set. The plain pieces are usually less costly and sometimes more available than the plain ones, so this is a way to stretch your collection a bit. It also looks great. In fact the Fairfax colors harmonize well together so you could blend in a piece or two of blue or rose with a topaz table setting and have a lovely display. I experimented with blending colors and patterns with a few table settings that convinced me that combining colors yields a charming, fresh look. I don't have enough pieces of Fairfax to show you how they look together. Instead, here are a few of the posts with table settings with multiple colors and patterns. This will give you a good idea how combining colors works with the lovely light shades of depression glass.
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