Confusing ChickensBy Mark Chervenka
L.E. Smith reissued a covered hen clear glass egg server. Originally the clear was documented but other colors may have been produced. ACRN bought the sample shown here for $38. The first version was issued in the mid to late 1950s. Original colors are unknown.
Smith's new clear egg server is similar to opaque pieces originally made by Fenton between 1953-1956 and then again as a limited edition in 1996-1997. Fenton made the same pieces in opaque colors for Martha Stewart's mail order and on-line catalogs.
The 1950s Fenton pieces are unmarked; all later Fenton production, including the Stewart pieces, are marked in the mold with Fenton's trademark. The Smith piece was unmarked. It is unknown whether earlier Smith versions are marked or unmarked.