So much beautiful glass! Go to a glass show if you possibly can. The glass is amazing, almost overwhelming us with its beauty, the colors, styles, shapes, etches. One of my favorite pieces from the November, 2017 Dearborn Michigan show is this Fostoria line 2443 10 inch topaz bowl with the Manor etching. Manor has a more formal, restrained design than some contemporaneous Fostoria patterns - compare it to June - and it looks wonderful on this simple shape with small scroll handles.From my notes, the dealer is L&B Glass from Florida (my apologies if this is wrong) who had several other gorgeous pieces. The Manor bowl was tucked on a shelf near other topaz pieces. You can see how the daisy flowers are caught in a simple 3-stem bouquet, flanked by scrolls and flower swags. I was oh-so-tempted, but the stiff (and fair) price deterred me. We have a few pieces of amber glass that caught my eye at other shows, and this would have been the first topaz yellow one. I've seen only a few pieces of Manor before; it isn't super common. Fostoria used their square Mayfair shape for most dinnerware pieces and made it in crystal, wisteria (light amethyst) and green besides the topaz. I'm not crazy about the combination of Manor with the Mayfair blank but really like the combination with line 2443 scroll bowl. From what I can tell the crystal is the most abundant with topaz and green being less easy to find. There are pieces of all the colors on eBay, priced all over the map, and it looks like one can find stemware in either the 6007 blank, which has faceted knops near the top and lower end of the stem, and stem 6003 which has wafers in the stem. You can see the Art Deco influence in this bowl. Fostoria, like all the glass companies, responded to style trends and created glassware that fit the aesthetic of the time. Mayfair blank, with its square shape, and this lovely oval bowl with scroll handles are great examples. Next post we'll look at more glass from the glass show!
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