Glass Bookends

Moundsville, West Virginia

Glass Bookends

1887-1986

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One of the largest makers of handmade glass ware in the United States, The Fostoria Glass Company dates back to December 15, 1887 in Fostoria, Ohio. Four years later they moved their pressed glass factory to Moundsville, West Virginia. By 1925 the company expanded to five furnaces and a number of specialty shops. Fostoria remained in Moundsville until closing nearly a century later in l986.

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Fostoria is best known for high quality tableware and stemware including clear, colored, etched, gilded, lustered, and pressed items. In 1915, the company began producing their American Pattern tableware -- probably the most popular pattern ever produced. In 1924, they were the first glass manufacturer to start a national advertising campaign. In addition to producing fine lamps and blown, etched and pressed glassware, Fostoria also produced a wide variety of fine glass animals and figurines.

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In the years between World War I and World War II, Fostoria, along with other glass manufacturers (Heisey, Cambridge and New Martinsville) created a number of glass animals and bookends for the decorative accessories market, in response to the growing craze for glass animals.

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L.E. Smith Glass – Est. 1907
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Rearing horse bookends made of solid amber glass in the 1940s. L.E. Smith and Fostoria made this form with only slight differences in the mold.

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The LE Smith Glass Co. produced décor glass for 98 years. The company passed through many eras in time producing the popular glass of the day.

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Smith Glass is famous for the “Moon & Star” pattern, a re-make of an 1800’s pattern by an older company. The design was picked up by many glassmakers of the mid-century, some modified the pattern. Even Fenton Art Glass made a variation of Moon & Star.

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Many of Smith’s glass items remain unidentified. Smith Glass made a wide range of popular glass items through the decades including original LE Smith designs, reproductions of antique glass, and mid-century modern décor that often looked similar to designs used by competitors during the 1960s.

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