These beautifully deep etched and blown crystal glasses were hand made by Fostoria between 1922-1929. The pattern is Victory, a deep etch which produces a white etch against a clear narrow optic bowl (looks like tiny pleats) resting on a thin straight stem. The pattern features a a draped swag of garlands hanging from a leaf and swag design, similar to a fleur-de-lis.The base is flat. Each of the glasses holds about 7.5 ounces. This is Fostoria's stem 766. There are 10 glasses in the set. Two have a TINY nick on the rim. Seven glasses are 6.75 inches tall and 3.5 inches across. The other 3 glasses are about 7 inches tall but are still considered water goblets.
The glasses are elegant, stately, and stunning. The pattern was produced less than 10 years, a very short time for a Fostoria product. The thin vertical optics in the glass bowl make this an outstanding pattern. The glasses are in excellent vintage condition with the exception of the tiny nicks mentioned. The glasses are sparkling and clear and have been gently used. There is no soapy residue. When black light tested, there is a greenish cast under the UV.
Fostoria had its beginnings in Fostoria Ohio in 1887. The company soon moved to Moundsville West Virginia where it flourished and produced outstanding glassware for almost a hundred years. Fostoria's glass was hand made rather than machine made. Handmade glass was a labor intensive process involving numerous workers to produce just one piece of glass. The glass was handled by: gatherers, blowers, pressers, foot-casters, and finally finish workers who put the finishing touches on each piece.
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SOURCE: Weatherman, Fostoria, Its First Fifty Years, p. 142, Preface ii-x.