Identifying Original American Fostoria Creamers

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Here is a photo of three of my “Fostoria” creamers.  But only one of them is genuine.  Can you tell which one it is?

Creamer “A” is my most recent purchase.  For a long time, I owned only “B” and “C”, and I thought that “C” was an original.  However, I am now convinced that “C” is a copy.

Eliminating creamer “B”

“B” is easy to eliminate.  I can tell that creamer “B” is not original by the pour lines.   All three of these creamers are molded glass, which means that they were made with molds.  So if you look closely at them, you can find the seam lines where the mold pieces came together to form the creamer.  Original Fostoria was made with three piece molds, and thus Fostoria glass will always have three mold lines.  Imitation Fostoria has only two.

You can easily see the two mold lines on creamer “B” by clicking on the photo above and zooming into the photo: One line is down the middle of the front under the spout, and the other line is on the opposite side:  down the back by the handle.  Yep: definitely an imitation.

Eliminating creamer “C”

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There are two problems with creamer C: (1) Color and (2) Bad Mold

1. Color: Creamer “C” has the same shape, weight, and feel of creamer “A”.  It also has three pour lines, just as all Fostoria should.  But the color is different, and this was my first clue that something is wrong.

In these photos, you should be able to tell that creamer “C” seems to have a very faint grayish tint to it.  I never noticed this tint before because in certain light, other Fostoria glass will appear a bit gray.  For example, below is a photo of a Fostoria bowl that appears to be a little gray alongside creamer “C”:

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But when you place creamer “A” and “C” side-by-side, it is obvious that creamer “A” has a truer color.  The color of creamer “A” also matches my other Fostoria glass much MUCH better than creamer “C”.

2. Bad mold

As I mentioned, both “A” and “C” creamers have three pour lines, and at first glance appear to be identical in shape.  Both of these are also heavy, and are very similar in weight and feel.

Look at the point directly above the handle!

If you study them closely, you will find that the glass points at the back of the creamers near the top of the handle are a little different: “A” is well defined, while “C” is not.  In fact, “C” is completely missing a point right above the handle!  It is not broken off.  It was actually made this way.  This is a huge clue that the mold used to create creamer “C” was old, worn, and possibly even repaired in that spot.

Here are photos for you to compare (click on any photo to zoom in):

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Fostoria was known to have sold molds when they became old and worn.  And also, in the 1980’s, Fostoria closed down and sold many of their molds at that time, too.  So there were/are a lot of used Fostoria molds in the hands of non-Fostoria glass manufacturers.

So it is my guess that creamer “C” was made from an old, worn Fostoria mold that was sold to a different company, and that this other company did not use the same “Fostoria” glass when they made it.  My sister used to deal in antique glass, and this is her suspicion, too.  If anyone has a different idea I would surely like to know about it.

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