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|The L.E. Smith Glass Company is an American-based glass manufacturer.
History & Description
The company was established in 1907 and, despite being overlooked by many American glass collectors, is one of the few remaining hand-made glass factories in the United States. It is perhaps best known for producing the first headlight lens for the Model T Ford.
The company began manufacturing coloured glass in the early-1920s. Their most popular colours were cobalt, amethyst, yellow, amber, green and pink. The company finally gained nationwide recognition for their unique black glass formula, which set them apart from the competition of the time.
L.E. Smith Glass Company was acquired by William Kelman in 2005.
Guide for collectors
The company’s black glass products, which show amethyst colours when held up to a light, have become extremely popular to collectors. In addition, the Moon & Star and American – which they purchased from the struggling Fostoria Glass Company in the 1930s - lines are also highly collectible.
Instances of L.E. Smith Glass Company products sold through national auction houses are extremely rare. Instead, collectors are much more likely to purchase items from eBay, which regularly advertises Smith Glass.
For more information on L.E. Smith Glass Company products, collectors should visit the official Smith Glass website.
Notable auction sales
On May 9th 2012, a punch bowl with twelve cups was sold on eBay for $177.50.
On April 20th 2012, a Moon & Star candy jar with lid was sold on eBay for $100.
On April 15th 2012, a Moon & Star lamp shade, circa mid-twentieth century, was sold on eBay for $95.
On March 26th 2012, a set of four Moon & Star tumblers, circa late-twentieth century, was sold on eBay for $80.
On May 12th 2012, an Art Deco cobalt blue Wigwam bowl, circa 1930s, was sold on eBay for $75.
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