Lewis E. Smith was a chef who moved to Mt. Pleasant, PA in 1907, and took over an abandoned glass factory so he could make containers for his special mustard recipe. He left the business in 1911, but all subsequent owners retained the L.E. Smith company name.
The L.E. Smith Glass Company has been crafting handmade American pressed glass in Mt. Pleasant, PA since 1907, and is only one of a handful of American glass factories remaining today that still produce handmade glass. They began producing colored glass in the mid-1920's.
Not all Smith glass is signed, but those pieces that are signed bear the mark "S". His wares were considered Depression Glass and not Elegant Glass because of the contents of the materials which were utilized. Our Vintage Glass L E Smith Co. Ice Blue Dogwood (Tiger Lily) Pitcher and 8 Tumblers is appropriately marked with the "S".
Our wonderful Vintage Glass Pitcher With 8 Tumblers is registered by the L.E. Smith Company as the Dogwood pattern, although the flowers which embellish these beautiful pieces are Tiger Lilies. We can only assume that they could not use the Tiger Lily pattern name as the Imperial Glass Company retained rights to it. Each piece in our set of Vintage Glass L E Smith Co. Ice Blue Dogwood (Tiger Lily) Pitcher With 8 Tumblers is quite heavy, and is skillfully and beautifully crafted. Bubbles can be seen in a few pieces, and we have tried to capture these tell-tale signs of a handmade piece in our pictures below. The floral figure work of the Dogwood pattern in all of these vintage glass pieces is quite deeply impressed.
The Vintage Glass Ice Blue Dogwood Pattern Pitcher weighs a substantial 4 lbs 1 oz, and measures 8-3/8" tall and 9-1/4" wide, from the tip of its spout to the edge of its splendid handle. The base of the vintage glass Ice Blue Dogwood Pattern pitcher measures 4-3/4" in diameter and the bottom is unmarked, but it is beautifully finished with deep grooves and small flowers. Beneath the lip and on each side of the vintage L E Smith glass pitcher's spout are tall, graceful plume-like stems with leaves which are adorned at the top with two large flowers possessing six petals (Tiger Lilies). The petals of these large, gracefully curving flowers are intricately veined. A vertical spike separates these two flowers. At the base of the vintage L E Smith glass pitcher, flowers are separated by the plume. Above each of these flowers are sprays of slender leaves and several smaller flowers with numerous petals. Both sides of the vintage glass pitcher's gorgeous handle were crafted to look like a fern frond in high relief.
Each of these eight, heavy Vintage Glass L E Smith Co. Ice Blue Dogwood (Tiger Lily) Tumblers weighs approximately 14 ounces, and measures 4-1/4" tall, 3-1/4" in diameter at the top, and 2-5/8" in diameter at the base. The vintage L E Smith glass tumblers have a 1" undecorated band at the rim. Six flowers (Tiger Lilies) wrap around the circumference of the vintage glass beneath the unadorned rim. There are three plumes with two flowers attached to each plume, separated by sprays of slender leaves, and multiple multi-petaled flowers. The bases of the Vintage Glass L E Smith Co. Ice Blue Dogwood (Tiger Lily) Tumblers are embellished with a 24 point star and marked with an "S" in the center of the star.
Our Vintage Glass L E Smith Co. Ice Blue Dogwood (Tiger Lily) Pitcher With 8 Tumblers is in excellent vintage condition, with no chips, fleabites, cracks or breaks. The L E Smith Ice Blue hued glass used in this vintage glass pattern is rich, the pattern is expertly crafted, and the weight is substantial enough to use without fear!