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Old 02-26-2008, 03:29 PM
 
Location: St. Augustine FL
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I have a rather large collection of Fostoria American clear glassware that I inherited from my grandmother, and I'm going to need to sell it as I am downsizing and won't have room to store it anymore.

My question is: have you seen glassware, or crystal, turn milky color after being dishwashed for years in a very hardwater environment? That has happened to the plates in my collection, as back in the 90s I used them all the time and just threw them in the dishwasher. It also happened to some Mikassa stemware that I had, in fact I got rid of those glasses because they became so milky looking.

I'm also concerned because I read on some antique forums that a contemporary glassware maker named Whitehall made the same pattern, and one way of telling Whitehall from Fostoria is milkyness. I am quite sure my grandmom's dishes are Fostoria, but now I'm worried that people may think its Whitehall.

Thanks for any information.
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Old 04-05-2008, 01:12 PM
 
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I have a rather large collection of Fostoria American clear glassware that I inherited from my grandmother, and I'm going to need to sell it as I am downsizing and won't have room to store it anymore.

My question is: have you seen glassware, or crystal, turn milky color after being dishwashed for years in a very hardwater environment? That has happened to the plates in my collection, as back in the 90s I used them all the time and just threw them in the dishwasher. It also happened to some Mikassa stemware that I had, in fact I got rid of those glasses because they became so milky looking.

I'm also concerned because I read on some antique forums that a contemporary glassware maker named Whitehall made the same pattern, and one way of telling Whitehall from Fostoria is milkyness. I am quite sure my grandmom's dishes are Fostoria, but now I'm worried that people may think its Whitehall.

Thanks for any information.
I collect Fostoria and would encourage you to obtain Seligson's book on Fostoria. I actually bought some of the pieces from his personal collection from his stepdaughter after he passed. I am sorry to hear of your grandmother's passing. Seligson Publishing Inc.
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Old 04-05-2008, 01:40 PM
 
Location: St. Augustine FL
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SmokyMtnGal thank you for the info. I did speak with a few antique dealers who told me milky looking doesn't mean it's not Fostoria, but that it happens to dish washer cleaned crystal. They actually said there isn't a huge market for crystal because of that, people just don't want to be bothered having to hand wash items.

In any event, I may put these on eBay, but I gave up on Craigslist, I wasn't getting any interest. I don't want to give them away, just looking for a fair price.

Thanks again I will try to pick up that book. My grandmother passed away many years ago, I've had these for sometime, and have put them in boxes in the garage for a long time too, so it's time to unload.
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