Fostoria Open Salts


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Much of the information on this page is from the book Fostoria: Its First Fifty Years by Hazel Marie Weatherman (1972), but because there were no catalogs prior to 1900 in the Fostoria files when the book was being researched, there were numerous open salts not mentioned or pictured and they were added by gathering the information from other sources to make this page as complete as possible. Not every pattern known to have an open salt had one pictured in the book. Most notable are the LOUISE and TUXEDO patterns. For our purposes, every Fostoria pattern except one, had a number but not necessarily a name. There will be some missing images while attempts are made to obtain them from various sources.

Another source was Fostoria Glass Volume 1 Pressed and Blown Glassware Book 1 by Henry J. Liebmann (1993). Mr Liebmann's sources were "a company log book, company catalogs, price lists, letters, and other authoritative documents." This accounts for most of the pattern lines where we only know an individual or table salt existed, and not the shape or any measurements. Mr. Leibmann's other publications, as well as all Fostoria collecting news can be found at The Fostoria Glass Society of America website.

Dates shown are approximate for the run of the entire pattern. Some pieces of a pattern may have been introduced later or discontinued earlier than the date shown. Not all of the pattern pieces were made in all the colors noted. For instance, 2449 HERMITAGE is known in Amber, Green and Topaz (pale yellow) but so far, not in any of the other colors listed for that pattern. Please email me if you have or know where to find any missing images, sizes or additional colors so they may be added.

Because many different companies made individual salts that were closely copied, it is difficult if not impossible to say for sure which of the more common shapes were definitely made by particular companies. Catalog drawings did not include views of the bottom of the pieces so absolute attribution is not possible in all cases. Measurements given in catalogs are also not very clear. For purposes of measurements on these Fostoria pages, please see the abbreviations listed at the bottom, and the method of measuring used.

Whether just a coincidence or a planned program, the #88 DIAMOND MIRROR line seems to be the first named pattern and a line with more than just one basic piece. We already know that the #88 individual salt was the very first piece made, not something in the #1 line as one might expect, and the company officially opened for business in 1888. Line numbers before #88 were unnamed except for what the piece actually was, such as oil lamp, candleabra or blown tumbler. All the line numbers between #88 and #112 are again unnamed and pretty much only one piece again, a couple of them being individual salts. This is why we don't see any glass items that are the same pattern design as the #93 or #95 individual salt. There weren't any.

After Fostoria closed it's doors and ceased glass production, several open salt molds were sold to various buyers. Pioneer Glass is known to have reproduced only one Fostoria open salt, the #1515 LUCERE pattern, although they purchased at least three open salt molds. Pioneer Glass open salts were made only in 1988-89 and are marked PG. Fred Wilkerson purchased Fostoria open salt molds in 2008. He was/is making several of them in various colors. His items are marked FWF. Known examples and pictures available are shown with the Fostoria pattern numbers below. For new owners and/or makers of Fostoria and other major glass company open salts, please go to Ed Bowman's web site for the most current information.

Fostoria also made numerous individual almond or "nut cups" as well as some sponge cups and other novelty items that may be found in open salt collections as individual or table salts. Because there are also a great number of those items, they are on a separate page that can be accessed HERE.


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The very first piece of glass made
at the brand new Fostoria Glass factory in 1887
was an open salt in the #88 Diamond Mirror pattern!


The date appears to be Dec. 15, 1887.
First Piece of Fostoria Glass


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Official pattern names are in all capital letters directly beneath the pattern number.
Names or descriptions in parentheses are not official Fostoria names.


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In the Leibmann book, there is a Celery Salt listed with no line number or pattern name. The only two other items with it are a Molasses Can and a Shaker with Metal Top. But the pattern looks like it could be a later design. Perhaps it was just unnamed in the document. A tiny sketch makes the salt look rather plain and round. It says the line was introduced in 1891 but no discontinued date was given.


9
(Pressed Ware)


Introduced in 1888
Discontinued in 1918
Crystal
Need Image
Individual Salt
Size ???


Fostoria 88 88
DIAMOND MIRROR


Introduced in 1888
Discontinued in 1891
Crystal
Fostoria 88
Individual Salt
1-7/8" SQ x 1" H

Fostoria 88
Bottom View
Fostoria 88
Table Salt
3" L x 2-3/4" W x 1-3/8" H


Fostoria 93 93
(Pressed Ware)
(Square with Waffle Bottom)


Introduced in 1898
Discontinued in 1909
Crystal

Only item in the line
Fostoria 93
Individual Salt
1-3/4" SQ x 1" H

Fostoria 93
Bottom View
Because many similar salts were made by different companies, it's difficult to determine exactly which one was made by Fostoria. It should be noted there are several with square bowls but Fostoria's definitely has a round bowl per their catalog drawing. Following the dimensions given and the bevel lines in the catalog drawing (at the top edge but not on corners), it appears that this could be the Fostoria example. The bottom has a checkerboard appearance with rows of 11 by 11 squares. Another example with rows of 9 by 9 would also fit the measurements given.


Fostoria 95 95
(Pressed Ware)
(Facets & Ribs)


Introduced in 1892
Discontinued in 1910
Crystal

Only item in the line
Fostoria 95
Individual Salt
1-1/2" D x 1-1/4" H
2-1/8" PP x 1-1/8" H

Fostoria 95
Bottom View
Here is another open salt pattern that cannot be exclusively attributed to Fostoria. The measurements of the lone Fostoria example are not certain. There are also known English examples with a registration number mark on the inside bottom. There are many colors that are most likely all English. Also comes in various sizes and shapes (oval, rectangular) as well as polished and/or cut glass versions. Larger sizes may be seen in silver plated holders.

Fostoria 95 Colors


107
(Pressed Ware)


Introduced in 1892
Discontinued in 1910
Crystal
Need Image
??? Salt
Size ???


Fostoria 112 112
CASCADE


Introduced in 1898
Discontinued in 1910
Crystal
Fostoria 112
Individual Salt
1-1/2" SQ x 1" H

Fostoria 112
Bottom View
Need Image
Table Salt
Size ???


113
(Pressed Ware)


Introduced in 1892
Discontinued in ????
Crystal

Only item in the line
Need Image
Individual Salt
Size ???


140
(EARLY) VIRGINIA
(FOSTER BLOCK)


Introduced in 1889
Discontinued in 1895
Crystal
Fostoria 140
Individual Salt
2" D x 1" H
Fostoria 140
Table Salt
Size ???
The Leibmann book shows the #140 VIRGINIA and #140 FOSTER BLOCK patterns separately, but with less pieces in the FOSTER BLOCK line. It also says FOSTER BLOCK was discontinued in 1891. There is no mention of any salts at all in the FOSTER BLOCK line but this note was added for the sake of completeness.


150
CAPTAIN KIDD
(RED BLOCK)


Introduced in 1890
Discontinued in 1896
Crystal
Need Image
Individual Salt
2" D x 1" H
This is apparently the same salt as #140 but with red stain. In later years, Fostoria retained the same pattern number when the pressed piece was of the same mold but decorations or etchings were added.


187

Introduced in 1889
Discontinued in 1908
Crystal
Need Image
Table Salt
Size ???


225
(Pressed Ware)


Introduced in 1892
Discontinued in 1910
Crystal
Need Image
Table Salt
Size ???
In the Leibmann book, this line is followed by another #225, this time called the VENDOME pattern, but the only item listed is a 4-1/2" nappy. It was discontinued in 1897.


233
RUTH


Introduced in 1892
Discontinued in 1896
Crystal
Need Image
??? Salt
Size ???
Fostoria 233
RUTH Pattern
No known example of an individual open salt.
Picture of a piece in the line is here to show the pattern.


234
ROCCOCO


Introduced in 1892
Discontinued in 1896
Crystal, Some with engraving,
Some with frosted rim
Fostoria 234
Individual Salt
2-1/2" L x 2-1/4" W x 1" H

Fostoria 234
Top View
Fostoria 234
Individual Salt
With Frosted Rim
Fostoria 234
Table Salt
4-1/2" L x 3-1/2" W x 1-3/4" H


It is possible that the table salt above was marketed as a nappy, berry bowl or some other condiment dish. This is a pattern where no catalog was in the Fostoria files, so it's difficult to know for sure if the pattern included a table salt. The size is about right for a table salt, but many small bowls could fit the criteria.


253
(Pressed Ware)


Introduced in 1893
Discontinued in 1896
Crystal

Only item in the line
Need Image
??? Salt
Size ???


270
GLENDALE


Introduced in 1892
Discontinued in 1897
Crystal
Need Image
Individual Salt
Size ???
Need Image
Table Salt
Size ???
Fostoria 270
GLENDALE Pattern
No known examples of an individual or table salt.
Picture of a piece in the line is here to show the pattern.


300
(Blown Ware)


Introduced in 1896
Discontinued in 1930
Crystal
Need Image
Individual Tub Salt
Size ???
Need Image
Table Salt
Size ???


301
LORRAINE
(Pressed & Blown Ware)


Introduced in 1892
Discontinued in 1930
Crystal, Green
Fostoria 301
Table Salt
2-5/8" SQ x 1-5/8" H
Fostoria 301
Top View


Fostoria 322 322
(Pressed Ware)
(Pineapple & Fan)


Introduced in 1895
Discontinued in 1899
Crystal
Need Image
Individual Salt & Pepper on Tray
Salt 2" D x 1" H
Pepper ???
Tray ???


403
VIGILANT


Introduced in 1896
Discontinued in 1910
Crystal, Some with engraving
Fostoria 403
Individual Salt
1-3/4" D x 1-1/8" H

Fostoria 403
Engraved
Need Image
Table Salt
Size ???


Fostoria 465 465

Introduced in 1897
Discontinued in 1910
Crystal

Only item in line
Fostoria 465
Individual Salt
2" D x 1-1/4" H
Fostoria 465  Fostoria 465

Very similar to Fostoria pattern but there are no diamond points in the top row of pyramids on these. Tabs also differ very slightly. Shown in crystal and amber stain over crystal.


500
ATLANTA


Introduced in 1896
Discontinued in 1900
Crystal, some with frosted lionheads,
milk white
Fostoria 500
Individual Salt
1-3/4" SQ x 1-1/8" H

Fostoria 500
Corner Detail
Fostoria 500
Table Salt
2-1/2" SQ x 1-1/2" H
Fostoria 500
Table Salt
Milk with Gold
(Only known example)


Fostoria 501 501
HARTFORD


Introduced in 1898
Discontinued in 1901
Crystal
Fostoria 501
Individual Salt
1-3/4" SQ x 1-1/4" H
Fostoria 501
Table Salt
2-1/2" SQ x 2-1/4" H


Fostoria 511 511
(Pineapple & Fan)


Introduced in 1895
Discontinued in 1909
Crystal
Fostoria 511
Individual Salt
2" D x 1" H
This is the same open salt from the tray set of Line #322 shown above.
Not known why it was given an entirely new pattern number unless all the ones
in Line #511 are fire polished and all of the ones in set #322 are not.


Fostoria 515 515

Introduced in 1895
Discontinued in 1909
Crystal
Fostoria 515
Individual Salt
2" D x 1-1/4" H


Fostoria 575 575
CARMEN


Introduced in 1894
Discontinued in 1900
Crystal
Fostoria 575
Individual Salt
1-5/8" PP x 7/8" H

Fostoria 575
Bottom Detail


576
PERSIAN
(CROWN & SHIELD)


Introduced in 1896
Discontinued in 1904
Crystal
Fostoria 576
Individual Salt
1-3/4" D
Fostoria 576
Another View


Fostoria 585 585
(Oval with Pointed Ends)


Introduced in 1893
Discontinued in 1908
Crystal
Fostoria 585
Individual Salt
3" L x 1-1/16" H


Fostoria 594 594
(Rectangular with Rope)


Introduced in 1895
Discontinued in 1910
Crystal and Green
Fostoria 594
Individual Salt
2" L x 1-1/4" H

Fostoria 594
Green
Fostoria 594
Also known with a
precise fitting holder.


Fostoria 600 600
BRAZILIAN


Introduced in 1898
Discontinued in 1913
Crystal, Green (with gold)
Fostoria 600
Individual Salt
1-3/4" D x 1-1/4" H
Fostoria 600
Green with Gold


Fostoria 742 742
(Rectangular)


Introduced in 1894
Discontinued in 1909
Crystal
Fostoria 742
Individual Salt
2" L x 1" H


Fostoria 743 743
(Rectangular)


Introduced in 1896
Discontinued in 1910
Crystal
Fostoria 743
Table Salt
3-1/8" L x 1-3/8" H
Fostoria 743
Top View


Fostoria 880
Shown with engraving #26
"Rosedale"

Fostoria 880
Shown with cutting #167
"Fairfax"
880

Introduced in 1922
Discontinued in 1929
Crystal, with etching
Fostoria 880
Individual Salt
1" D x 1-3/4" H


Fostoria 960 960
(Round Ribbed)


Introduced in 1900
Discontinued in 19??
Crystal
Fostoria 960
Individual Salt
2" D x 3/4" H


Fostoria 1000 1000
BEDFORD


Introduced in 1901
Discontinued in 1904
Crystal
Fostoria 1000
Individual Salt
2-1/2" L x 1-3/4" W x 1" H


Fostoria 1002 1002
(Plain Round)


Introduced in 1909
Discontinued in 1910
Crystal
Fostoria 1002
Individual Salt
1" H
Fostoria 1002
Bottom View
Another example where this could be the exact Fostoria individual salt.
It is plain and round as the meager description states,
and is a full 1" high whereas many others are shorter.


Fostoria 1121 1121
LOUISE


Introduced in 1902
Discontinued in 1907
Crystal
Fostoria 1121
Individual Salt
1-3/8" D x 1-3/4" H
Fostoria 1121
Another view
The individual salt in this pattern is extremely rare and may have been a special order. It was not pictured in the catalog drawings. Catalog image is the toothpick with a scalloped rim. Only a few of the salts are known to exist. It was, without a doubt, manufactured this way and not a shaker or toothpick that has been cut down.


Fostoria 1259 1259
(Oval with Notched Ribs)


Introduced in 1909
Discontinued in 19??
Crystal
Fostoria 1259
Table Salt
3" L x 2-1/4" W x 1-1/4" H
Reproduced in colors by Wilkerson after 2008 with the FWF mark.


Fostoria 1299 1299
(Buttress)


Introduced in 1904
Discontinued in 1913
Crystal
Fostoria 1299
Individual Salt
2" D x 1-1/4" H


Fostoria 1432 1432
PURITAN


Introduced in 1906
Discontinued in 1925
Crystal
Possibly etched or with silver decoration
Fostoria 1432
Individual Salt
2" D x 1-1/4" H


Fostoria 1467 1467
VIRGINIA


Introduced in 1906
Discontinued in 1915
Crystal
Fostoria 1467
Individual Salt
1-5/16" H


Fostoria 1515 1515
LUCERE


Introduced in 1907
Discontinued in 1915
Crystal
Fostoria 1515
Individual Salt
1-7/8" D x 1-7/8" H
Fostoria 1515  Fostoria 1515
Fostoria 1515
Pioneer Glass Company reproduced this salt in 1988-89 in cobalt blue, emerald green and light green. They are marked with letters PG. Wilkerson reproduced this salt after 2008 in cobalt and vaseline. Those are marked with letters FWF. Any colors are reproductions.


Fostoria 1578
Toothpick
1578
TUXEDO


Introduced in 1908
Discontinued in 1910
Crystal
Fostoria 1578
Individual Salt
2" PP x 2-1/4" H
Individual salt is not pictured in the catalog. It is a different shape than the toothpick.


Fostoria 1630

Fostoria 1630



Fostoria 1630
1630
ALEXIS


Introduced in 1909
Discontinued in 1925
Crystal
(some with stain,
silver, or
painted decoration)
Fostoria 1630
Flat Ind. Salt
1-3/4" PP x 1-1/4" H

Fostoria 1630
Footed Ind. Salt
2-3/8" PP x 2-3/8" H

Fostoria 1630
Flat Table Salt
3-1/4" PP x 1-7/16 H
Fostoria 1630
Ruby Stain



Fostoria 1630
Shamrock








Fostoria 1630
Reproduction
Maker Unknown


Fostoria 1913
Celery Salt - Large

Fostoria 1913
Celery Salt - Small
1913
FLEMISH


Introduced in 1909
Discontinued in 1925
Crystal, Amber, Blue & Green
Fostoria 1913
Celery Salt
2-1/8" PP x 1-1/8" H

Fostoria 1913
Individual Salt
1-7/8" PP x 1" H
Fostoria 1913
Amber, blue and green made in the smaller size only.

Fostoria 1913
Set of 6 on tray.


Fostoria 2000

Fostoria 2000
2000
REGAL


Introduced in 1914
Discontinued in 1928
Crystal
Fostoria 2000
Individual Salt
1-3/4" PP x 1" H

Fostoria 2000
Footed Ind. Salt
2" PP x 2-1/8" H


Fostoria 2056 2056
AMERICAN


Introduced in 1915
Discontinued in 1982
Crystal
Fostoria 2056
Individual Salt
1" H
Fostoria 2056
Table Salt
Made in 1925 Only
2-3/8" D x 1-1/2" H
Fostoria 2056
Another View
This is probably the most well known Fostoria pattern, and judging by it's long run, also probably the most popular and prolific. Although an individual almond appeared in a 1915 catalog, the individual salt was added later. It's not known how many years the salt was made, but most likely, not through 1982. While some pieces were made in colors in 1925-27, it is doubtful that the individual salt or almond was made in any colors. None are known to open salt collectors at this time. The table salt was only produced in 1925 and is very scarce.


Fostoria 2106

Fostoria 2106
2106
VOGUE


Introduced in 1916
Discontinued in 1929
Crystal
Fostoria 2106
Individual Salt
2" D x 1-1/4" H

Need Image
Celery Dip
4" L x 3/4" H


2182

Introduced in 19??
Discontinued in 19??
Crystal
Need Image
Individual Salt
1-3/4" SQ x 1" H


Fostoria 2222 2222
COLONIAL


Introduced in 1920
Discontinued in 1929
Crystal, Amber, Blue, Green & Pink
Fostoria 2222
Individual Salt
2" PP x 1-7/8" H
Fostoria 2222
Amber

Fostoria 2222
Blue
Fostoria 2222
Green

Fostoria 2222
Pink


Fostoria 2263
Shown with Engraving
#26 "Rosedale"

Fostoria 2263

Shown with cutting
#168 "Louisa"
2263

Introduced in 1918
Discontinued in 1928
Crystal,
with etched and cut designs
Fostoria 2263
Individual Salt
1-3/4" D x 3/4" H
Shown with Engraving
#26 "Rosedale"


Fostoria 2424 2424
KENT


Introduced in 1940
Discontinued in 1943
Crystal
Fostoria 2424
Individual Salt
1-5/8" PP x 1" H


Fostoria 2449 2449
HERMITAGE


Introduced in 1932
Discontinued in 1945
Crystal
Amber, Azure & Green
1932-42
Ebony, Wisteria & Topaz
1932-38
Gold Tint
1938-44
Fostoria 2449
Individual Salt
1-3/4" D x 1" H
While the only
known colors of
the individual salt
are Amber, Green
and Topaz, it is
possible that
others may exist.


Fostoria 2449
Amber
Fostoria 2449
Green

Fostoria 2449
Topaz


Fostoria 2510 2510
SUNRAY


Introduced in 1935
Discontinued in 1944
Crystal
Amber, Azure, Green & Topaz
1935-38
Gold Tint 1938-40
Ruby 1935-40
Golden Glow
(Amber stain on lined areas)
Dates unknown
Fostoria 2510
Individual Salt
1-7/8" PP x 1" H
Fostoria 2510

Reproductions

Fostoria 2510
The original Fostoria salt is only known to exist in crystal and amber glow.
Reproductions by Wilkerson marked FWF are known in cobalt and vaseline.


2510
GLACIER


Individual Salt
Introduced in 1936
Discontinued in 1943
Crystal
Fostoria 2510
Individual Salt
1-7/8" PP x 1" H
The SUNRAY pattern (above) and the GLACIER pattern are the same number. The pieces are identical except the lined areas on the GLACIER pattern are frosted. Fostoria called it "Silver Mist."


2521
BIRD


Introduced in 1932
Discontinued in 1940
Crystal, Frosted Crystal, Milk,
Burgundy, Empire Green,
Regal Blue, & Ruby


Fostoria 2521  Fostoria 2521
Fostoria 2521
Frosted

Fostoria 2521
Milk
Fostoria 2521
Ruby

Fostoria 2521
Empire Green
Fostoria 2521
Regal Blue

Fostoria 2521
Burgundy


Fostoria 2593 2593

Introduced in 1942
Discontinued in 1944
Crystal
Fostoria 2593
Individual Salt
1-1/2" SQ x 3/4" H


2595
SLEIGH


Introduced in 1942
Discontinued in 1944
Crystal, Frosted Crystal,
Milk, Blue and Ruby
Made in 3", 4-1/4" & 6" L


Fostoria 2595
Fostoria 2595
Individual Salt
3" L x 2-1/8" W x 1-3/4" H


Fostoria 2595
Fostoria 2595
Frosted

Fostoria 2595
Ruby
Fostoria 2595
Milk

Fostoria 2595
Blue


2793
STRAWBERRY DIAMOND
Oval


Made from 1971 to 1973
for the Henry Ford Museum
Fostoria 2793
Crystal
3-1/4" L x 2-1/4" W x 2" H
Fostoria 2793
Copper Blue
Fostoria 2793
Olive Green
2793
STRAWBERRY DIAMOND
Round


Made from 1971 to 1973
for the Avon Company
Fostoria 2793
Crystal
3" D x 2" H
See the
REPRODUCTIONS
pages for
more information.


Fostoria 3432-1/2 3432-1/2

Introduced in 1910
Discontinued in 19??
Crystal, Green
Possibly with silver decoration
Need Image
Individual Salt
Size ???


4095
Blown Glassware


Introduced in 1925
Discontinued in 1929
Regular Optic
Crystal, Amber, Azure, Green,
Green Bowl with Crystal Foot,
Rose Bowl with Crystal Foot,
Azure Bowl with Crystal Foot,
Crystal Bowl with Azure Foot
Regular Optic
Vertical Striations
Fostoria 4095
Individual Salt
1-1/2" H

Need Image
All Crystal


Fostoria 4095
All Amber

Fostoria 4095
All Azure

Fostoria 4095
All Green


Spacer
Spacer
Spacer
Spacer

Fostoria 4095
Azure Bowl

Fostoria 4095
Green Bowl

Fostoria 4095
Rose Bowl
Spacer
Spacer

Fostoria 4095
Azure Foot

Spacer
Spacer

Spacer
Spacer


4095
Blown Glassware


Introduced in 1925
Discontinued in 1929
Loop Optic
Crystal,
Crystal Bowl with Amber Foot
Loop Optic
Draped Striations
Fostoria 4095
Individual Salt
1-1/2" H
Need Image
All Crystal
Fostoria 4095
Amber Foot


4095
Blown Glassware


Introduced in 1925
Discontinued in 1929
Spiral Optic
Crystal, Green,
Crystal Bowl with Green Foot
Spiral Optic
Diagonal Striations
Fostoria 4095
Individual Salt
1-1/2" H
Need Image
All Crystal
Need Image
All Green
FOST4095
Green Foot


LE04/???

Individual Salt
Introduced in 1974
Discontinued in 1978
Lead Crystal


Fostoria Label
Label on Salt
Fostoria LE-04/???
Individual Salt
2" D x 7/8" H
Fostoria LE-04/???
Reproduction
Reproduced in cobalt, vaseline and crystal, with some iridized, by Wilkerson with the FWF mark.


LE04/623

Individual Salt
Introduced in 1974
Discontinued in 1978
Lead Crystal
Fostoria LE04-623
Individual Salt
2" D x 3/4" H


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ABBREVIATION DEFINITION MEANING
D Diameter Round items measured across using the largest dimension. For instance, a top rim may be smaller than bulging sides. The sides are the measurement used.
H Height From where it touches the table to the highest possible point.
L Length On items that are not round or square but rather oval or rectangular, this is the longest side.
PP Point to Point On items that are basically round, but multi-sided, these are always measured from point to point, being the longest possible measurement.
SQ Square On items that are square with the same measurement for length and width.
W Width On items that are not round or square but rather oval or rectangular, this is the widest point on the shortest side.


Correct
Correct
Incorrect
Incorrect
You can see how there would be conflicting measurements if items like the #1913 FLEMISH pattern were not consistently measured from point to point. Measuring point to point, it is 2-3/8" across. If measured from flat side to flat side it is only 2-1/16" across. Wherever PP is given in the measurements, it is measured from the two outermost points.


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