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Meeting Highlights & Program


March 2013


Helen and Gene presented an excellent program from two of their collections of Fostoria and Fenton. 
Fostoria’s multicolored Designer Collection’s Images and Interpretations lines filled one part of the table.  Helen noted that prior to World War II, Fostoria made hundreds of vases of various sizes and colors.  From WWII through the 1950s and 1960s, though, the number of vase options was drastically reduced to those that belonged with a specific dinnerware pattern.  In 1977 Fostoria introduced an art glass line with their Designer Collection of individually hand-crafted vases.  Because they were made by hand, no two are exactly alike.  The Designer Collection included three lines, Images, Impressions, and Interpretations.  Helen shared an assortment of gorgeous Images and Interpretations vases.  She showed several versions of the same Interpretations vase that made it easy to see the subtle variations of hand-crafted design.
Helen and Gene made frequent trips with other HOAGC club members to the Fenton factory in the 1970s.  The six examples Helen shared are from those trips.  Three were samples that were never added to the general line:  a large clear, white, and copper vase with handles; a Mulberry Diamond Optic vase; and a Mulberry Poppy vase.  Three were limited editions:  a hand-painted copper on black vase, a Mulberry and Aqua vase with a painted bird and a brass stand, and an opaque blue Hanging Hearts vase from the Barber Collection.
Tales of the early club trips always put smiles on current members’ faces!




Show & Tell

Club members brought the following treasures for Show and Tell!  Here are some highlights from this meeting.  Descriptions of each treasure is found below the pictures using the corresponding number.



Custom wooden box with fountain pen collection.
Duncan Miller clear Sandwich 3-part relish.
On the left is a Fostoria Bittersweet Heirloom vase.
On the right is a Fenton cobalt vase from the 100-Year collection.


Cambridge Rubina vase.


From left to right:
  • Fostoria Chalice clear cordial with black stem
  • Morgantown Spanish Red Empire cordial
  • Fostoria Silver Mist Victorian cordial
  • Libbey crystal Frontenac #1015 cordial
  • Tiffin crystal Liege cordial
On the left is a Hocking yellow Block Optic sugar and creamer.
On the right is a Seneca cobalt and clear Bashful Lady champagne.
On the left in the rear is an Imperial #282 clear whiskey glass.
In the center in the rear are milk glass figural salt and pepper shakers.
On the right in the rear are Imperial pink carnival salt and pepper shakers from the 1970s.
In the front is a Fostoria clear Betsy Ross (Old Glory) bread plate, circa 1971.
Heisey clear Oak Leaf coasters, circa 1925; blends nicely with the Charter Oak pattern.