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 candleholders 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 candleholder, 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 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).
I suspect Indiana Glass Company, or perhaps Anchor Hocking Glass Company might have made some of this glass, but if you have information disclosing the ACTUAL MANUFACTURER of these candle holders, please contact me!! It is possible that some, if not all of the Faroy-marked glass was produced overseas (outside the US), perhaps in countries such as Taiwan or Japan. The “look” of some of the candleholders is somewhat reminiscent of glass votive cups made in large quantity in 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 information on the 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! Thank you!
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