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Fostoria Navarre Crystal

Fostoria's most popular crystal pattern

Published:  November 2007
Fostoria factory Moundsville, West VirginiaFostoria Glass Works, a proud American company with talented American artisans, took its name from Fostoria, Ohio, the town where the company was first established in 1887.  In 1891, because of lack of local resources to create its glassware, Fostoria relocated to Moundsville, West Virginia.  Gas and coal were plentiful in Moundsville and  Fostoria remained there until 1986 when the company ceased operations.

Navarre Makes its Debut

During the depression years, Fostoria introduced the Navarre crystal pattern in clear.  It became the collection of choice on bridal registries in the United States in the 1940's and is now very popular with Depression Glass collectors.

The most coveted pieces for collectors are the pitchers, footed and ice lip, as well as the syrup and cruet, all of which can bring anywhere from $500 to $600 in the resell market.

Being one of Fostoria's most popular etched crystal patterns, Navarre was produced for almost half a century from the years 1936 through 1982.  Navarre's etch number is 327.  The stemware blank, number 6016, is shared with the Meadow Rose pattern, which sometimes makes it difficult to tell the two patterns apart.

Fostoria Navarre Azure Blue PinkA Bit of Color

In 1973, Navarre was produced in the colors azure blue and pink.  Both colors are highly collectible and demand higher prices than comparable pieces in the clear.  The pink stems are the most difficult to find and highly sought after.

The color collections were limited to mostly traditional stemware pieces, for example iced tea, water, wine clarets and champagne.  The magnum champagne stem demands the highest price in the reseller market.  Other sample colors were tried in Navarre but never made it to production.

Fostoria Navarre CrystalIn 1983, the Navarre pattern was sold to Lenox and production continued for four more years.  The pink color of the Fostoria Navarre and the Lenox Navarre differ slightly and both pink colors are a different hue than the pink that is well known in Depression Glass pieces.

Navarre pink and blue stems are usually signed on the bottom by their respective maker, Fostoria or Lenox.

Remembered as a well-respected American company, Fostoria's history is still celebrated at the Fostoria Glass Museum in Moundsville.

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Related Links

Fostoria Glass Museum
Located in Moundsville, West Virginia.
Fostoria Glass Collectors, Inc:
Club with newsletter and forums.
Fostoria Value Guide
Industry standard for Fostoria collectors.
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