In 1960, when the Kennedys took over the White House, Jackie and her advisors went looking for new dinnerware and glassware for the entertaining they knew they were going to do. Jackie, who had impeccable taste, could not find a stemware pattern made by an American company which was both Modern in style and design for formal entertaining. Jackie and her advisors ended up working with a company based out of West Virginia to come up with and original design for a crystal stemware pattern, which that company sold under the name "President's House".
That pattern's clean, crisp design lead to other companies introducing their own hand-blown, crystal patterns. This is -in our opinion- one of the best. It was produced from 1965 to 1984.
It's called "Belmont" and it was made for Lenox Crystal at their factory in Mt, Pleasant, Pennsylvania. The factory was originally the Bryce Brothers works, until it was bought out. They made extremely fine, hand-blown glassware there until the 1980s.
This is the dessert or sherbet in this pattern. On the box they came in, someone had written "Compotes" which is an apt description. The sides of the bowl are simply too tall for them to be used as champagnes.
Size: 5" tall, 3.75" in diameter at the mouth, 2.75" at the foot.
Condition: brand new, never used. The story on these glasses is somewhat amazing: when we bought them, they were still wrapped in their original tissue in boxes from Bailey, Banks and Biddle (the renown Philadelphia jeweler). The auctioneer we bought them from said that when he found them in an estate, they were still in their original gift wrap, and that he had to unwrap them to find out what was in the boxes!
Mark: each glass still has an original blue and white Lenox Crystal Belmont label on the underside of the foot. There's also a sand-carved in the middle of the foot of each stem reading "LENOX/U.S.A".
Price is per stem.
Item ID: 4163