The date 1887 was chosen to commemorate the founding of the Fostoria Glass Company in Fostoria, Ohio.
In that same year, pieces all have at least one coin in which the date appears.
Primarily, the company produced decorative lamps and stemware pieces for the American home.
Competing actively against Cambridge, Heisey, and Westmoreland Crystal, Fostoria would soon emerge as leader in the American glassware market.
Many beautiful patterns from Fostoria, Fenton Art Glass, Cambridge and others to choose from.
Initially, the factory was located in Fostoria, Ohio, but would only be located there a short time.
Although the townspeople of Fostoria, Ohio had given their land to the glass company for free, Fostoria Glassworks was unable to remain because of a lack of natural resources.
The promise of more abundant resources for producing glass caused the company’s leaders to make the decision to move.
On most of the pieces only the eagle and the colonial head designs were used.
Some of the pieces have all four coin designs on them, such as the ash trays, plates and the cigarette box lid. The very first pieces included the candy jar and cover, the wedding bowl and cover, the old fashion tumbler, water tumbler, ice tea tumbler, jelly dish, and the juice tumbler.
Then in 1961, Fostoria added color to the line: blue and amber were first produced in 1961, and the line was increased to 31 items.
Within four years, Fostoria moved to Moundsville, WV.
In 1891, the company built one furnace capable of firing 14 pieces, a remarkable achievement for the late 19th century glassworks industry.