Fostoria Glass of Moundsville closed in 1986, after 99 years of operation.
Now, the Fostoria Glass Society is getting 500 of the company’s original molds back.
When the company closed, it was acquired, molds and all, by Fenton Glass of West Virginia.
But then Fenton closed too.
When Fenton Glass closed, all Fostoria’s molds were up for sale again and that meant that anyone could have bought them.
Fostoria fans did not want that to happen. So they borrowed $40,000 to buy the molds back.
Then they went to everyone from state lawmakers to county commissioners to friends to raise the money.
On Thursday, they got the first of three shipments of their molds.
“They could have gone out of the country, and people could have made ‘fake Fostoria’ — Fostoria that wasn’t true and legitimate. Even though they were the correct molds, it would never been Fostoria Glass, because the way they made Fostoria Glass was pristine and with pride and care, and it wasn’t mass-produced,” said Cassie Clark, Assistant Curator of Fostoria Glass Museum.
“The donations have been absolutely phenomenal. They range from $15 to $5,100, from individuals. It’s amazing. Just shows you the love the people had for Fostoria that was made here in Moundsville,” said Jim Davis, President of the Fostoria Glass Society.
They say they’re well on their way to raising the entire amount.
The molds are cast iron and very heavy, weighing 90 pounds to 600 pounds each.
They have built special heavy duty shelves for storing them securely.
The Fostoria Glass Museum, at 5th and Tomlinson streets in Moundsville, is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 1:00 until 4:00.