I only bought two items, and one of them was a piece of linen and the other was another centre handle server (not yet photographed).
I bought this server recently, although I can’t recall where I got it. I have been in and out of antique stores and thrift shops alot in the last couple of weeks. Likely at St. Jacobs Antiques Market as I know I had a box full last weekend.
In any event I have quite a number of these servers. I know that ‘folks in the know’ can often recognize the manufacturer by the shape of the handle. I am NOT one of those folk but I haven’t yet made any serious attempt to figure out an ID.
I don’t know why I pick up these servers as I rarely use them. But….this one has such a bright colour that you can’t help but look at it. Makes a table look cheery.
Already updated (later same day).
Nice man, Neil, from the Moon and Star Glass Club has identified this piece as, ” a Sherbet made by Fenton for the L G Wright Glass Co in the 50-60’s. Some what hard to find in ruby. It could also be a small covered jelly if it had a lid.”
Nice of this gentleman to take his time to ID this for me.
Last week I wrote about going to the wonderful shop Around the Block in Toronto. This pretty red piece was one of the items I picked up.
I have long sold the amberina compote below. It was a gorgeous combination of red and yellow. This piece is strictly red, but it has shades of yellow in it, visible when the sun shines.
I guess this is a claret or whatever – but regardless of the beverage that is intended to be poured into this glass, it appears to be another piece of Moon and Stars.
However the ID is unknown. A post/photo of a similar glass has been added to the gallery of the Elegant and Everyday Glass Forum (a fab website!). The post indicates that L.E. Smith never made a solid red – just the amberina as seen below. The post further says that the L.G. Wright Glass Company produced a moon and stars pressed glass, but not of this shape.
My searches for information on this piece led me to the website of the Moon and Star Glass Club. Very interesting piece on the history of this pattern. They list the companies that have made this pattern:
- “Adams & Co. circa 1880’s
- U.S. Glass circa 1890’s
- L.G. Wright circa 1930’s – 1960’s (Fenton Glass Co. for L.G. Wright)
- L.E. Smith Glass Co. circa 1940’s – 2004
- Imperial Glass Co. for L.E. Smith circa 1960’s
- Miniatures by L.E. Smith for Levay Distributing Co. circa 1970’s
- Weishar Enterprises or Island Mold – current producer
- Kemple Glass Co. credited with “Moon & Star Pattern” variations | Crescent Glass Co. for L.E. Smith”
Check out the site for more great information, including a link to the Moon and Star Glassware – Yahoo Group.
This ebay guide Moon & Star Pattern Glass, written by Simple Pleasures is also interesting.
I am going to continue to try to track down the provenance of this pretty piece. Keep you posted!
Original post – September 30, 2012
I picked this pretty piece up in the States somewhere. The colours attracted my eye and it looks very nice with a display of either red or yellow glass. It has all the markings of a piece of Moon and Stars, but I’ve not seen the pattern produced on a blank with a ruffled edge, so don’t know for certain that L.E. Smith made it. I’m not sure it’s a compote either. It’s a big large for a goblet, but somewhat narrow for a compote.
On ebay I see lots of goblets and the sellers date them as 1940-1960.
I’d love to verify the provenance. If anyone knows…..please share.
This is what Kovels has to say about amberina glass:
“Amberina, a two-toned glassware, was originally made from 1883 to about 1900. It was patented by Joseph Locke of the New England Glass Company, but was also made by other companies and is still being made. The glass shades from red to amber. Amberina is usually red at the top because it is much easier to reheat the top of a piece than the bottom. Similar pieces of glass may be found in the Baccarat, Libbey, Plated Amberina, and other categories. Glass shaded from blue to amber is called Blue Amberina or Bluerina.”