In 1871 brothers Alfred and Harry Smith became head of the Mt. Washington Glass Company's decorating department in New Bedford, Mass. After three years they had established themselves as an independent entity known as Smith Brothers. A great deal of their decorating was done on opaque white opal blanks from various American and European manufacturers, including the Mt Washington Glass Company. Despite their great success for nearly three decades, Smith Brothers filed for bankruptcy in 1899.
This lovely melon shaped bowl in opaque white glass consists of eight individual ribs and is decorated on all sides with pansy blossoms, buds and leaves. The pallet of pastel shades includes light violet, soft pink, pale yellow and moss green against a creamy background. The bowl measures 5 1/2" across, 2 3/4" in height to top of plain rim. It originally would have had a matching cover lid. It is marked in red with the Smith Brothers mark of the Rampart Lion in a shield and "Trademark". There are no cracks, chips or repairs. Beautiful stand alone piece.
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