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Depression Glass Vase Fostoria Sun Ray Pattern Pressed Glass Vase Heavy Fluted Square Base Ridges Ribbed and Smooth Glass EAPG

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Fostoria Sun Ray Clear Depression Glass Vase. Made between 1935-1944.

Square base with a flared shape and scalloped edge. Thick, heavy glass with raised ridges alternating with smooth glass. 7" across the top. 4.25" square base. 8" tall. Photos show a small chip in the glass at the top of the vase with a scratch. It's not something that will affect how you use the vase, It is noticeable when you're examining the vase in bright light, not when you have flowers in it or even when it is displayed. If you're a perfectionist though, it will bother you. Otherwise, consider it part of the story of the vase.

Fostoria glass was made in Fostoria, Ohio, from 1887 to 1891 before moving to Moundsville, West Virginia. The Sun Ray pattern, number 2510, was introduced here in 1935. This pattern, which was advertised by Fostoria as "definitely inexpensive" was evidentally Sunray ad produced to sell competitively with the cheaper glass of the depression days. A 1935 ad stressed that "many pieces carry price labels lower than fifty cents; and the average price of the larger pieces is less than two dollars." See the ad at the end of this article for 1936 prices.

Sun-Ray is a simple pattern consisting of panels of clear glass which alternate with ribbed panels. Fostoria ads call it "Cheerful Crystal" and emphasize that "every piece sparkles like sunshine." This sparkle is partly due to the ribbed design which catches and reflects the light rays, but is also due to the high quality of the handmade glass. Some Sun-Ray was made in Azure, green, amber, topaz, gold tint and ruby. he pattern was discontinued in 1944.

The Fostoria Glass Co. opened in Ohio in the late 1800s and soon became one of the largest producers of handmade glass in the United States. Originally the company made glass lamps, but soon moved into dinnerware and crystal for the home market. Fostoria became famous for its pressed glass technique, a patterned design pressed into the hot glass as it was being formed. Fostoria was also the first such glass company to add color to its production line. The company closed in the mid-1980s.

What Makes it Valuable
The popularity of Fostoria glass led other companies to imitate the product. So authenticity is the first step to determining value. Because the Fostoria Glass Co. was a leader in creative glassware production, pieces of genuine Fostoria hold high value today.

Testing Authenticity
Identifying features of real Fostoria can be found by close examination. For example, authentic Fostoria has three seams, whereas imitations have only two. The best test for Fostoria authenticity, however, is known as the black light test. When Fostoria crystal is held up to a black light in a dark room, it gives off a light yellow glow. None of the imitations does this.
Fostoria Sun Ray Clear Depression Glass Vase. Made between 1935-1944.

Square base with a flared shape and scalloped edge. Thick, heavy glass with raised ridges alternating with smooth glass. 7" across the top. 4.25" square base. 8" tall. Photos show a small chip in the glass at the top of the vase with a scratch. It's not something that will affect how you use the vase, It is noticeable when you're examining the vase in bright light, not when you have flowers in it or even when it is displayed. If you're a perfectionist though, it will bother you. Otherwise, consider it part of the story of the vase.

Fostoria glass was made in Fostoria, Ohio, from 1887 to 1891 before moving to Moundsville, West Virginia. The Sun Ray pattern, number 2510, was introduced here in 1935. This pattern, which was advertised by Fostoria as "definitely inexpensive" was evidentally Sunray ad produced to sell competitively with the cheaper glass of the depression days. A 1935 ad stressed that "many pieces carry price labels lower than fifty cents; and the average price of the larger pieces is less than two dollars." See the ad at the end of this article for 1936 prices.

Sun-Ray is a simple pattern consisting of panels of clear glass which alternate with ribbed panels. Fostoria ads call it "Cheerful Crystal" and emphasize that "every piece sparkles like sunshine." This sparkle is partly due to the ribbed design which catches and reflects the light rays, but is also due to the high quality of the handmade glass. Some Sun-Ray was made in Azure, green, amber, topaz, gold tint and ruby. he pattern was discontinued in 1944.

The Fostoria Glass Co. opened in Ohio in the late 1800s and soon became one of the largest producers of handmade glass in the United States. Originally the company made glass lamps, but soon moved into dinnerware and crystal for the home market. Fostoria became famous for its pressed glass technique, a patterned design pressed into the hot glass as it was being formed. Fostoria was also the first such glass company to add color to its production line. The company closed in the mid-1980s.

What Makes it Valuable
The popularity of Fostoria glass led other companies to imitate the product. So authenticity is the first step to determining value. Because the Fostoria Glass Co. was a leader in creative glassware production, pieces of genuine Fostoria hold high value today.

Testing Authenticity
Identifying features of real Fostoria can be found by close examination. For example, authentic Fostoria has three seams, whereas imitations have only two. The best test for Fostoria authenticity, however, is known as the black light test. When Fostoria crystal is held up to a black light in a dark room, it gives off a light yellow glow. None of the imitations does this.

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Depression Glass Vase Fostoria Sun Ray Pattern Pressed Glass Vase Heavy Fluted Square Base Ridges Ribbed and Smooth Glass EAPG

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