Libbey’s elaborate Aztec and Kensington patterns were introduced about 1901. The represent the height of the American brilliant period at the Libbey Glass Company of Toledo, OH. Fine patterns continued to be introduced after this date, but the style had shifted and none exceeded the brilliant, rich-cut characteristics of these patterns. Aztec was assessed by Pearson in 1978 and was assigned a rarity/quality rating of 2 – 2. Kensington, on the other hand, apparently was not seen by Pearson and, therefore, was not rated by him. Perhaps it was simply too rare. It did, however, appear in the “popularity poll” that was undertaken by the Lone Star Chapter of the American Cut Glass Association (ACGA) in 2005 where it accumulated 72 votes, or 62% of the number accumulated by the poll’s most popular pattern, Meriden’s Alhambra pattern. It is surprising that the Kensington pattern did not rank within the top ten patterns voted on by the members of the ACGA. Aztec came in as no. 5 in popularity at 78%.
The following illustrations have been taken from eBay auctions held during the summer of 2008. Unfortunately, the photographer remains anonymous which is a shame because the quality of these images is truly excellent and he or she should be acknowledged.
AZTEC: Shape no. 496 bowl in the Aztec pattern by Libbey (signed). D = 10″ (25.4 cm), H = 4.5″ (11.4 cm), wt “just under 7 lb [3.2 kg]”. Offered for sale at an eBay auction
in 2008. Starting bid was $5,999.00, but there were no bids (Images: Internet).
KENSINGTON: Shape no. 496 bowl cut in the Kensington pattern by Libbey (signed). D = 9″ (22.9 cm), H = 3.75″ (9.5 cm), wt = slightly less than 5 lb (2.27 kg). Offered
for sale at an eBay auction in 2008 but the bowl failed to sell. The maximum price that was bid, $1,025.00 was less than the seller’s “reserve” (Images: Internet).
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