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Fostoria #2056 'American' Cake Stands, c.1915

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Fostoria Glass102 of 144Fluted Blue Glass BowlFostoria Glass Co. Cake Stands: 1229-Frisco, c.1904; 603-Robin Hood, c.1898; 1121-Louise, c.1901
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    Posted 7 years ago

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    Thought I'd share my pair of Fostoria 'American' cake stands. These are some of the older versions made with glass containing manganese; the first image is an attempt to show how the cube motif can show up under black light. Both of the have the pedestal and plateau joined with a glass wafer and each has the 'rum well'; each is very heavy thick glass. Fostoria introduced the 'American' pattern in 1915 and continued production until the 1983 purchase of their factory by Lancaster Colony. Lancaster Colony continued making some forms of the American pattern until 1998. The round stands are currently being reproduced in lead crystal by Godinger, and called 'Radiance'. 2016 Update: Mosser Glass introduced a punch set including bowl, stand, under-plate and cups in the 'American' pattern but have named it "Katherine"...

    OMN: American
    AKA: Zig Zag Block; Cube
    YOP: 1915
    MFG: Fostoria Glass Co.
    SIZE: 10" square or diameter x 7" high
    Look-Alike Patterns: 'Cube' by Jeannette Glass; 'Whitehall' by Indiana Glass; 'Service Libela' by Libochovice

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    1. antiquerose antiquerose, 7 years ago
      Stunning.....and Stunning photos as Well -- Love it

    2. TallCakes TallCakes, 7 years ago
      thanks AR... : )
    3. TallCakes TallCakes, 7 years ago
      thanks mike... : )
    4. TallCakes TallCakes, 7 years ago
      thanks WP... : ) yes, the square one does have a more commanding presence. Both are very thick and heavy glass; square weighs 6.26 lbs. and round just over 5 lbs. And I use a small black light for photos only; these are kept on a high shelf out of the sun or any UV light.
    5. TallCakes TallCakes, 7 years ago
      thanks valentino : )
    6. TallCakes TallCakes, 7 years ago
      thanks Belltown : )
      thanks agh... : )
    7. wksgibson wksgibson, 7 years ago
      Very nice!
    8. TallCakes TallCakes, 7 years ago
      thanks wksgibson : )
    9. bobogal bobogal, 7 years ago
    10. TallCakes TallCakes, 7 years ago
      thanks bobogal : )
    11. SEAN68 SEAN68, 7 years ago
      very beautiful!!
    12. TallCakes TallCakes, 7 years ago
      thanks Sean : )
      thanks dclee : )
    13. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 7 years ago
      Simply Amazing!!! I'm not a baker, I either burn it or don't cook it enough, so when I saw "rum well" I looked it up and it's just what it sounds like...Interesting and something I would have never known. Thanks.
    14. TallCakes TallCakes, 7 years ago
      thanks sur... I too am a baker; these days mostly b'day cakes for family and friends. Made my special carrot cake for sis last week. There term 'rum well' as it pertains to cake stands is one that no one really knows where it came from as it isn't noted in any of the old catalogs. Thought is that the depression was part of the design to accommodate heat dissipation when joining the stem and plateau; but really no one knows for sure. However, some old timers did use liquor (whiskey or rum, or whatever) to help keep their cakes moist. My MIL always kept a jigger of Jack Daniels under the dome with her jam cakes.
    15. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 7 years ago're right, of course. What I read did say that the rum well was used to keep the cakes moist before saran wrap came out...But what I just realized as I wrote that was, wasn't that what they made the covers for??? I think maybe the bakers just liked the whiskey :) (wanted to make sure I wrote my comment correctly; I'm not one that bakes) Wish I could, I love fresh baked anything! Carrot Cake YUM!
    16. TallCakes TallCakes, 7 years ago
      My mom's the one who taught me baking and I've been doing it ever since. I like trying new ideas and tweaking recipes to make them my own.
    17. TallCakes TallCakes, 7 years ago
      thanks Bigsarge : )
    18. TallCakes TallCakes, 7 years ago
      thanks tom... : )
    19. TallCakes TallCakes, 7 years ago
      thanks PatSea : )
      thanks vetraio50 : )
    20. TallCakes TallCakes, 7 years ago
      thanks Bigsarge : )
    21. TallCakes TallCakes, 6 years ago
      thank you CindB : )
    22. TallCakes TallCakes, 6 years ago
      thank you aura : )
      thank you Caperkid : )
    23. BellaStartz BellaStartz, 6 years ago
      TallCakes, You have this too!!! And my Mother taught me to Bake and I tweak them too, I love baking. I can not wait till my Slaver arrives from AZ I bought it from a shop while I was on vacation. My friend shipping it, said "no it does not have the star center". The photo I posted was an image I found on the internet. Is that center star pattern from a specific era? I was looking for an image to send to my Mother. That is how I found CW and another Cake Slaver Fan. I can not wait to take Pics of my other slavers and post them. :-D
    24. TallCakes TallCakes, 6 years ago
      Welcome to CW Bella. Maybe it's just the optics in the photo that causes the appearance of a star; I've not seen one with anything that that in the center of the plate before. Look forward to seeing more posts from you : )
    25. TallCakes TallCakes, 5 years ago
      just learned that Mosser Glass has introduced a punch set in the 'American' pattern and have named their pattern "Katherine"... so now this pattern is in production for over 100 years.
    26. Tahiti1 Tahiti1, 4 years ago
      you have such class and beautiful taste!

    27. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 4 years ago
      I am honored to have such a beautiful pattern named after me! Ha ha! TallCakes, these are beautiful, I had not seen them before, and I thought I'd seen all your threads, will have to look again. By the way, last I remember, you were about to paint and re-arrange all your beautiful plates, we never saw the end result. Did everything go according to plan?
    28. TallCakes TallCakes, 4 years ago
      thank you Tahiti1 : )
      thank you Katherine : ) you need go get one of those Katherine sets by Mosser...
      Life situations caused change of plans. For now I have created by 'museum curator' room where I can have most on shelving with a photography station. I hope now start updating the website...
    29. katherinescollections katherinescollections, 4 years ago
      I know all about those life situation change of plans. Hope all is well with you, TallCakes.
    30. TallCakes TallCakes, 4 years ago
      yes, all's well; just redirection and temporary delay. Hope to get things rescheduled before too long...
    31. EILEEN2143, 9 months ago
      I have, what looks like, an American Fostoria round cake stand but it does not have a rum well. Is it a fake?
    32. TallCakes TallCakes, 9 months ago
      it's likely just a later production. Fostoria made them for many years up to their closing in 1986.
    33. Theonlyone Theonlyone, 9 months ago
      wow niceeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

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