Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Mama's Fostoria Royal-Amber

When my sisters and I were in Little Rock visiting my parents a few weeks ago, we set the table for a simple family dinner with some of Mama's beautiful Fostoria Royal-Amber.  This pattern was manufactured from 1925 to 1933, according to Replacements.com, and from what I've read, it's classified as "elegant glass" (as opposed to Depression glass). My paternal grandparents received a complete service for eight, along with many other pieces, as wedding gifts in 1927.  Grandma passed it all along to my mother when I was a little girl, and Mama has enjoyed using it for many luncheons and meetings over the years.


Here's another view of the table, which includes candlesticks made by a family friend and a footed bowl of decorative balls as the centerpiece.


As you can see, it's difficult to photograph this etched pattern -- I've read that amber glassware is the most difficult to photograph.  Next time I'm in Little Rock I'll try to stage it to show the pattern better, as well as more of the different pieces.  For this family supper, we used only dinner plates and iced tea glasses, plus Mama's everyday stainless flatware and casual table linens.


In addition to the dinner service for eight, Mama has platters and vegetable bowls, several types of glasses -- parfait, low sherbet, iced tea, water, two types of tumblers -- as well as a footed cream and sugar, footed covered candy dish, two sets of salt and peppers, and a compote. 


Here's one more view, after we changed the centerpiece to these stunning daffodils.  (These photos were taken in March.)


Thanks for visiting, and please also stop by Susan's Between Naps on the Porch to see some beautiful tablescapes.




25 comments:

  1. How very pretty and cheerful your colors are. You've had a great time playing with your sister and mother's dishes!

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  2. I enjoyed seeing this so much, Tricia! One of my closest friends collected amber Depression Glass, and I always think of her when I see this color. Her sister collected pink and green. Thank you for sharing your mother's collection of lovely Fostoria with us and for sharing both the wonderful balls and handmade candlesticks (that was a nice friend to make those!) and the pretty yellow daffodils. It really is true when they say, "There's no place like home!" This post speaks to that perfectly.

    Happy Tablescape Thursday!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  3. Oh that royal amber is fabulous. I like the tones it's mixed with on the table. It really is hard to photograph this pretty stuff. I've had that same problem with my pink depression glass. Have a great week!

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  4. Trisha, despite one can see how difficult it is to photograph, I could see the etching on the glass at the enlarged photos. This is a amazing elegant collection. What a great heirloom. Makes a very nice and inviting table.
    Greetings, Johanna

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  5. What unique amber dishes! They are absulutely lovely! I can see it is hard to photograph them, but I bet they are remarkable in person. The daffodills are adorable on the table!

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  6. Hi there!
    Enjoyed your tablescape. Love the colors.
    Your profile is great!!!

    d from homehaven

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  7. Tricia-I like the "elegant" ware--so much nicer sounding than depression :) It is beautiful and I love that it has been passed down. I love the simplicity of this table and the candlesticks fit it perfectly. What a talented friend! The glassware is beautiful!

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  8. The elegant ware is so pretty! The daffodills are wonderful!
    I posted pics from my 70's wedding as our 40th anniv is Sunday...
    Love your scooter and the rider is just adorable!

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  9. Everything looks so nice. I just LOVE depression glass! I love those glasses.

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  10. Lovely table and I really enjoyed your sharing the information about the elegant glass! I loved going to the Fostoria when we were in W. Virginia many years ago.

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  11. Tricia.
    I have some amber that I cannot identify so I just call it elegant. Very pretty table.

    Carol

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  12. Bonjour Tricia,

    I'm a new follower. You said in your profile that your life is dull and nobody would want to buy your autobiography LOL But I bet a lot of people would want to trade places with you! I love vintage glass dishes. Thanks for the story that went along with it.

    Anne-Marie (with-a-dash)

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  13. very pretty table setting, but I especially like the placesetting on your header! Both are so pretty. Thanks for stopping by my post. We have gotten lots of other offers to for the beach. The owner of the condo we were going to stay at said BP was reimbursing all the owners for rental monies lost.

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  14. I love all the different dishes we get to pick at from your family's collection! Lovely amber! Joni

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  15. Happy Table Scape Thursday~~love your daffodils!!

    xoxo
    Kay Ellen

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  16. I love that beautiful stemware. I could see the pattern on it, and it is wonderful. laurie

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  17. Beautiful dishes and the stemware is just gorgeous! Thanks for sharing, Tricia.

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  18. Tricia, your stemware, plates and silver are absolutely gorgeous! Very pretty table! Hope your foot is getting better. Take care!
    Beth

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  19. Old glass like this is just a treasure! It is beautiful on your table.

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  20. Lovely and elegant table. Depression glass is so beautiful, love the design on the glass. Thanks for visiting me. Thanks for sharing your table.

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  21. Wow! That is elegant glass! So beautiful.

    Thanks so much for visiting and your kind comments.

    Perhaps you're probably asked the same question that I'm frequently asked, "Where do you keep it all?". So in celebration of my first blgiversary, I'm holding a meme entitled just that: "Where do you keep it all?" on June 2, 2010. Come grab my button and join us!

    - The Tablescaper

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  22. oh how nice! I love you profile description, by the way! Just great :)

    Visiting from Tablescape Thurs party.

    ~ Emily N. from "too Blessed to Stress"

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  23. Love the vintage glass and the candles and daffodils! Lovely! Thanks for visiting me as well! Love, ~Nana~

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  24. Pretty table! Thanks for visiting my blog! Enjoyed yours!

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