An example in a different style and color.but same moon and stars pattern from the Museum of American Glass in West Virginia, Retrieved March
Catalog Number 2010.66.31
Object Name Compote
Description L.E. Smith Glass Company No. 5283 Moon and Stars, Compote, Amber
Manufacturer/Artist L.E. Smith Glass Company
Dta Made ca 1966-1983
Diameter (in) 4.5
Height (in) 4
Reference Sources Felt, L.E. Smith Glass Company, The First one Hundred Years, page 232.
7# Collections Management Discussion:
At first, I thought of researching some type of kitchen equipment for example vegetable peeler, whisk, or grater etc. As, I looked over at my kitchen counter, I noticed my green decorated candy/compote bowl. I bought this piece well over a year ago, around Christmas 2019. I paid 16 dollars for this green bowl from the antique store, Exhibit A. It was a bit much, but the color was so pretty. The store had more pieces to this collection. The maker is L.E. Smith Glass Company.
This is how people start collecting. They find something that strikes their interest visually or otherwise. It may start with a gift or something they bought and/or use on a daily basis. I once knew an individual that collected hand-made woodshop working tools. There are numerous reasons for why we collect. What was your first object that you collected and why?
It can be over whelming in an antique store. The colors range from clear white, yellow, pink, green, black, and blues etc. People collect for all sorts of reasons, for example glassmaker, rarity, specific patterns, colors, and shapes, as well as the function from a particular time-period. My 1960s dark green candy footed compote dish is decorative with scalloped edges and on the underside with moon and stars. It is supported by a small pedestal. The bowl is average in width, height and allows for anyone to easily grab a handful of mints or any other candied confection. It was a piece bought on a whim.
The company was founded by “Lew” Smith in Jennette, Pennsylvania in 1907. Smith’s company produced decor glassware in the town of Mount Pleasant. The Smith factory is famous for their design of moon and stars, which is a remake of a much older pattern from the 1800s. It was originally known as the “Palace” produced from 1984 to 1905 by the Adams Glass Company in Pittsburgh, PA and others (Weishar, 2021). His love affair with glass started in the kitchen. He is the inventor of percolator top, first glass mixing bowls and a reamer (Trietsch, 2021). He started production of colored glass in the 1920s, but is famous for his black glass with amethyst. “By the 1990s, the moon and star pattern became the hottest sought-after collectable with prices ranging in the thousands” (Weishar, 2021). Weishar bought all the moon and star moulds at the L/G. Wright Glass Companies Auction in the mid 1900’s (Weishar, 2021). The company is now closed. It was one of the last hand-moulded factories in the United States (McKay, 2004). This item can be located through Esty, eBay, vintage online auctions, trade stores, garage sales, and some are in the museums. I did view the database for the Virginia Glass Museum, The Corning Museum, a glass museum in Ohio, and a few others, as well.
Upon creating my post, I’ve discovered the maker, the design and some history on the glass company that designed my compote dish. It currently holds a small pine cone with colorful rocks. I own two pieces, a green candy bowl/compote and a large amber fruit bowl given to me as a gift, which is packed away. My compote dish does not have any cracks and is in excellent condition. I found so much information on this one piece of glass compote. Angela provided some guidance, thank you.
McKay, J. (2004). L.E. Smith abruptly closes. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Retrieved March 1, 2021 from https://www.post-gazette.com/business/businessnews/2004/07/03/L-E-Smith-Glass-abruptly-closes/stories/200407030074
Trietsch, R. (2021). Mt. Pleasant. Retrieved March 1, 2021 from http://www.justglass.com/documents/articles/inhouse/rt110.html
Weishar. (2021). Weishar Enterprises, Moon and Stars Glassware. Retrieved March 1, 2021 from https://weishar.com