This may very well be Libbey’s rarest design – the Star Pattern. According to Rarities in American Cut Glass this pattern is was only cut for 5 months. I’m not surprised by this claim as I have only ever seen three pieces in this pattern ever. The bowl is signed Libbey by the edge which is consistent with the other pieces I’ve seen.
The Star pattern is like Expanding Star on steroids. I imagine this pattern was designed by William C. Anderson given that it uses a number of his design elements. The center of the Star pattern consists of one of the most unusual star formations. A center hobstar is surrounded by an additional star made up of large, mitered/buttoned points. Each of these points is seperated by tightly cut fans. The next layer of the pattern consists of 5 pointed stars with fanned centers. Alternating clear button hobstars and flat, split-point hobstars make up the followign strata. The final layer is made up of 5-pointed stars with hobstar centers.
This bowl measures 8″ wide and 3 5/8″ tall. The blank is magnificent and free of any damage save for a few tiny fleabites. To say this pattern is incredible merely sells it short – this is a rarity that any collector would be delighted to have.
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