FAROY brand Glass Candle Holders
This marking is seen on glass votive candle cups / candle holders. Distributed/sold by Faroy, Inc, Houston, Texas.
In 1950, Addison McElroy and Preston J. Frazier (a native of Houston) founded Faroy, a wholesaler and retailer that made and shipped luxury candles and other goods around the world. Their retail operations eventually included two popular shops in Houston in the 1960s and 1970s. (This info from an obituary of Preston J. Frazier, published in the Houston Chronicle, May 22, 2012).
A search of patents bring up several relating to candles, including some patents awarded in the 1966-1967 time frame. I believe most of the colored glass candle holders with the raised marking “FAROY U.S.A. / PAT. PEND.” or similar wording (some with a matte or “frosted” surface, probably produced by dipping in an acid bath) date primarily from the 1960s and 1970s.
These candle cups include the stemmed type, for use with a sconce or multi-stick candelabra-type candle holder, as well as un-stemmed “candle cups” or “candle tumblers”.
The smooth-base, un-stemmed “votive” types may also be collected by toothpick holder collectors. In fact, they could just as well be classed as “toothpicks” by some collectors.
Faroy candle cups in several patterns are seen in clear, bright “frosted” or “matte” green glass, frosted yellow glass (“vaseline glass” containing uranium, as it glows under a blacklight), light to medium “depression green”, cobalt blue, amberina (ruby red shading to orange or yellowish amber along the top rim), and no doubt there are other colors are out there!
There is almost no information readily available (online, at least) to indicate who the actual glass manufacturer was (and I am positive Faroy did not make their own glass).
From information sent in from readers of this web page (please check out all the posts in the “comments” section, including letters from “Elroy” from 2015), it now seems apparent that nearly all (if not all) of the Faroy-marked glass was actually produced overseas (outside the US), in Taiwan or China, by (as far as I know) currently unidentified glass manufacturers.
The general “look” and quality of the glass of some of the candle holders is somewhat reminiscent of votive cups and similar items made in large quantity and imported from Asia, often marked “MADE IN TAIWAN” on the base. (See my page on the “Hobnail” candle holders.)
I will be more than happy to expand this webpage, and give full credit to anyone who has more detailed background information on glassware with the FAROY markings.
If you have examples of FAROY glassware in other colors not mentioned here, please contact me so I can add them to this text! And if have more information on the years that Faroy was actually selling this glassware, please let us know. Thank you!
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