Most of the Fostoria glass we’ve seen here has been etched. Fostoria made many beautiful cuttings as well, including this old Large Star Cut sherry goblet. This is one of the earliest Fostoria cuttings, dating to 1904 to 1927. Fostoria used this on a wide array of pieces, mostly stemware and accessories. We’ve had vases and small tumblers with this same cutting.
It is impossible to be certain this is Fostoria since almost every company made some form of a star cutting – it is a basic design. I used several reference books to compare shapes and the number of small cuts radiating between the wide miters to determine this was most likely from Fostoria. It helps that many people in my local area bought Fostoria; in fact we see more Fostoria than almost any other elegant glass, followed by Tiffin, Heisey and Cambridge at local estate sales.
This is a nice design, simple and it goes well with the simple bowl and stem of this small goblet. This cute little stem only holds about 3 ounces, making it the wine or sherry goblet. Our predecessors used small goblets for wine. Today we’d use this for an after dinner drink or liqueur.
It’s fun to have something like this that may be 100 years old and think about the people who owned it before. Were they a young couple who got a few pieces for wedding gifts? A settled, successful couple who bought a full set of this pattern? Was it a single man or woman who wanted something nice for their evening wine? We don’t know, and that is part of the charm of owning vintage glass.
Shopping Information: We carry this Fostoria Star Cut wine in our store Cat Lady Kate’s Elegant and Depression Glass. Shopping with us is like antiquing with your best friend.