This beautiful flower center is in Libbey’s own variation of the Ellsmere pattern. It is signed on the neck collar with the Libbey saber mark. I also have this 3 neck-ring decanter in the identical pattern.
Libbey is well known for using this blank for most of their flower centers. Unfortunately they are also well known for using the Empress pattern in excess on this blank. It’s always nice to find a different pattern, especially one as nice as this on this shape. This rendition of the Ellsmere pattern features one large hobstar with a 3-dimensional center. Large panels of triple miter cane (a motif rarely used outside of the Libbey glass house) adorn the rest of the vase. The base is finished in a huge rayed star. The neck ring really is a nice, tasteful touch. Flutes and notching cover the lower portion of the neck. The flared rim of the vase features two diamonds-one with crosshatching and one with strawberry-diamond.
The clarity of this piece of glass is exceptional-purely water-white. I see no damage to the entire flower center with the exception of two tiny flakes to the rayed star base. The flower center is quite large and measures 10″ in diameter and 7 1/4″ tall.
Pattern: Ellsmere Variation
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