Posted 2 years ago
These LE Smith vases are about 7" high. I just bought the first one for $1.99. I almost didn't buy it because I knew I had one but couldn't pass it up at that price since it is mint. When I got it home, I realized that my other vase has a fluted top, so I was doubly glad i didn't abandon it.
From http://www.justglass.com/documents/articles/inhouse/rt110.html this article contains some information I had never hear of about Lewis E. Smith:
"The early history of the L.E. Smith company reads more like a folk tale than a company record. According to Weatherman, Lewis E. Smith was a sometimes-employed chef who found himself in Mt. Pleasant, Pennsylvania in 1907. Armed with his special mustard recipe, he took over an abandoned glass factory in order to make containers for his secret sauce. He became so enamored of the glass making process however, that he spent all his time producing glass kitchenware. As the story goes, Lewis invented the glass percolator top, the first glass mixing bowls, a redesigned reamer, and – my personal favorite – a “Glass Sanitary Drinking Fountain for Chicks or Fowls.” In 1911, after establishing a thriving business, Smith took his mustard recipe and left without a word. Thankfully, the company continued operating and subsequent owners kept the name. (After all, what could be easier to spell than ‘Smith’? Besides, Lewis seems almost a folk hero when you think about it: he comes into town, builds a thriving business in an abandoned factory, and then vanishes into the sunset. “Legendary glass by a legendary man” makes a nice advertising slogan, don’t you think?) "
"Like all the other glass companies of the time, L.E. Smith began producing colored glass in the mid 1920’s. Pink, green, amber, yellow, amethyst and cobalt were being made as early as 1926. But in the late 1920’s, they hit upon a formula for black glass that set them apart from other manufacturers of the time. This black glass, which shows amethyst when held up to a light, has proved to be the most collected of L.E. Smith’s wares. "