Friday, April 8, 2011

Cobalt Blue Moon and Star Basket

Our ESN Scavenger hunt is to find an extraordinary item from one of our fellow ESN bloggers.  My own collections center around vintage glass - Early American Pressed Glass and old Carnival Glass.  Not only are the colors and patterns intoxicating to look at, but I also love the history of the glass factories.  The entertwining of the owners and designers and patterns that are shoveled from one factory to another.  
I know you are not going to be disappointed with the extraordinary item that I found.  Feast your eyes on this gorgeous L.E. Smith Moon and Star Handled Basket in Cobalt Blue   

Isn't this blue just about the most fabulous blue you have ever seen?  The Moon and Star pattern has been produced by several different companies over the years.  In fact, the pattern dates back to 1874, when Adams and Company out of Pittsburgh introduced the pattern called Palace.  It was later called Moon and Star.  While L.E. Smith wasn't the first company to reproduce this pattern, they did produce more different pieces than any other company.  They had the molds made by Weishar's Island Mould and Machine Company.  Weishar retained ownership of the molds, leasing them to L.E. Smith to produce the glass.  The mold for this basket is No. 6127 and I don't find that this particular basket was produced by anyone else unless that has changed recently.

This is the Banana Bowl Basket with handle and about 6 1/2 inches long.  This was produced between 1988 to 1994.  You can find this beautiful basket at Bargain Express.  She has other beautiful pieces of her collection of Moon and Star pieces for sale, too.  You need to check out her eCrater store.

I told you that you wouldn't be disappointed by my extraordinary find!  Go ahead, scroll back up slowly and feast your eyes again!

1 comment:

  1. WOW! Thank you for putting so much thought and research into your blogs. You always find a unique way to bring out the history of items you feature. I'm honored to have been chosen for your extraordinary find!