Flowerlites et al

by Viking, Beaumont, and L.E. Smith

Flowerlites has become a catch-all term used for the Viking Flowerlites and Flowerettes, Beaumont Flower Bowls, and L.E. Smith Florettes presented on this page. Note though that the "lite" in Flowerlites comes from the slot designed to hold a candle, and only the Viking Flowerlites have them.

Flowerlites are beautiful, especially with multiple colors displayed together. Inspired by the beautiful photo of Mackenzie De La Cruz's collection, above, I decided to collect photos of Flowerlites as I don't have room to collect the real thing.

My photo collection is ordered by the types of Flowerlites and colors of the rainbow. As bowls are often sold with mismatched flower frog lids, I've included a description of the lids that came with Viking and L.E. Smith bowls to eliminate some of the confusion.

Information on books, websites, Facebook groups, and companies that decorated Flowerlites with silver and gold overlays or cut flowers can be found on my Identification Resources page.

Peter Christensen
Peter@MyFlowerFrogs.com


Flowerlites Index

Bowls with Padded Feet

Bowls with Tree Bark Feet

Bowls with Long Feet, Rounded Tips

Other Viking Flowerlite Shapes


Viking and Beaumont

Long before Viking made Flowerlites, Beaumont made a similar-looking bowl with a flower frog for a lid. However, it did not have a slot for a candle as do Viking Flowerlites. What all the Beaumont bowls with flower frog lids did have was feet with a tree bark pattern as described in Tree Bark Feet, below.

In the first year or so of Viking Flowerlite production, Flowerlites also had tree bark feet. Thus it can be difficult to determime if a bowl with tree bark feet was made by Viking or Beaumont. This is the reason I have included both Viking and Beaumont bowls on this page, presenting them together without determination as to who made them. I also chose to include bowls made by both companies because Beaumont bowls are so often included in Viking Flowerlite collections, whether by intention or misidentification.

Bowls with tree bark feet and a wider profile than Viking’s were made by Beaumont. These bowls are the size of Viking's smaller bowls, but have lids the size of Viking's larger bowls. Also, it has been suggested that a seam on the bottom of the foot indicates that a bowl was made by Beaumont.


L.E. Smith

L.E. Smith made a number of products with flower frogs that also held a candle. One was even named the Flowerlite! However, only their product named the Florette, catalog No. 5250, is similar in appearance to the Viking Flowerlite bowls and is presented on this page.

L.E. Smith Florettes can easily be identified by their feet as described in L.E. Smith Feet, below.


Flower Frog Lids

All of the flower bowls presented on this page have lids with holes to hold flower stems. The stems pass through the holes and down into the water in the bowl, while the blossoms create a beautiful display above the lid.

The diameter of the bottom of the flower frog lids is smaller than the diameter of the top. This allows the bottom to fit into the opening of the bowl and the top to rest on the lip of the opening as any lid would fit on a bowl.

Caution:  Unfortunately, today bowls are often sold with mismatched lids, as is likely the case with a number of the examples appearing on this page. And to further complicate identification, some collections and even examples on this page could include bowls that were never intended to hold flowers, but were sold as candy dishes. The lids, if they had them, now gone missing.

Viking Lids

In addition to holes to hold flower stems, Flowerlite lids have one or two recessed slots to hold candles. Thus the "lite" in Flowerlite!

Viking also made a product named the Flowerette. It was similar to the Flowerlite except that it was designed to only hold flowers. It came with a lid with an additional hole instead of a slot for a candle.

The Flowerette lids also had round feet on their bottoms. This was a common practice with flower frogs made for the tops of bowls so that they could alternatively be set in water in the bottom of a shallow bowl. Thus the "frog" in flower frog!

There are 5 different Flowerlite/Flowerette lids:

  1. Small Flowerlite:  The lid used with the 4.5" Bowl and most other types of Flowerlites has 10 holes for flower stems and one slot to hold a candle.

  2. Small Flowerette:  The Flowerette version of the above has 11 holes, no slot to hold a candle, and round feet around the perimeter of the underside.

  3. Large Flowerlite:  The lid used with the 5.5" Bowl and the Bulls Eye has 15 holes for flower stems and one slot to hold a candle, and sometimes a 16th hole in the candle slot.

  4. Large Flowerette:  The Flowerette version of the above has 16 holes, no slot to hold a candle, and round feet around the perimeter of the underside.

  5. Scroll and Centerpiece:  The lid used with the Scroll and Centerpiece has 33 holes for flower stems including 2 in the 2 slots to hold candles.

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Beaumont Lids

Image 6 shows a form of flower frog lid that can be found on many bowls known to have been made by Beaumont. It has 11 holes for flower stems.

However, as explained in Tree Bark Feet, below, it can be difficult to determine whether some bowls were made by Beaumont or Viking. Therefore it can not be determined what other forms of lids, if any, Beaumont might have made.

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L.E. Smith Lids

Florette lids had 11 holes for flower stems, and round feet on their bottoms. Adding feet to a flower frog lid was a common practice so that the flower frog could alternatively be set in water in the bottom of a shallow bowl. Thus the "frog" in flower frog!

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Bowl Feet

Viking Padded Feet

Viking Flowerlite and Flowerette bowls were made with two different styles of feet:

  1. Tree bark feet, which only appeared in the first year or so of production.

  2. Padded feet, which appeared thereafter, making them the most common form.

Images 1a & 1b:  Padded feet are relatively smooth, with a moderately ornate extension of the base of the feet extending a short way up the sides of the bowl.

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Tree Bark Feet

Tree bark feet get their name from their appearance as a tree bark pattern covers the feet.

Tree bark feet appeared in two different forms:

  1. Images 2a & 2b – Tree Bark Feet:  The tree bark pattern appears on the feet and the base of the feet, which extends only a very short way up the sides of the bowl.

    Examples are shown under the heading Bowls with Tree Bark Feet, below, and may include a mix of bowls made by Viking and Beaumont as it can be difficult to determine the maker. See Viking and Beaumont, above.

  2. Images 3a & 3b – Tree Bark Feet & Sides:  The tree bark pattern appears on the feet and the base of the feet, and extends up the sides of the bowl.

    Examples are shown under the heading Bowls with Tree Bark Feet and Sides, below, and may include a mix of bowls made by Viking and Beaumont as it can be difficult to determine the maker. See Viking and Beaumont, above.

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L.E. Smith Feet

Images 4a & 4b:  The feet of the L.E. Smith Florette are long, smooth, and have rounded tips.

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Colors

Butterscotch Amber

Please do not give credence to the color names appearing on this page:

That said, if you have any suggestions to improve the color information appearing on this page, I would appreciate your input.


4.5" Bowls with Padded Feet

by Viking

Photo courtesy Marcia Carter Bradley

The 4.5" Bowl form is Viking catalog No. 1007, and is the most common form of Flowerlite.

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5.5" Bowls with Padded Feet

by Viking

The 5.5" Bowl form is Viking catalog No. 1014, and is similar to the 4.5" Bowl except for its larger size.

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Bowls with Tree Bark Feet

by Viking and Beaumont

These examples have a tree bark pattern that appears on the feet and the base of the feet, which extends only a very short way up the sides of the bowl as described in Tree Bark Feet, above. They include a mix of bowls made by Viking and Beaumont as it can be difficult to determine the maker. See Viking and Beaumont, above.

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Bowls with Tree Bark Feet and Sides

by Viking and Beaumont

Photo courtesy TheGlassassin on Etsy

These examples have a tree bark pattern that appears on the feet and the base of the feet, and extends up the sides of the bowl as described in Tree Bark Feet, above. They include a mix of bowls made by Viking and Beaumont as it can be difficult to determine the maker. See Viking and Beaumont, above.

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L.E. Smith Florettes

The Florette is L.E. Smith catalog No. 5250. The key to identifying it as L.E. Smith is the distinct shape of its feet as described in L.E. Smith Feet, above

Please Note:  I just started collecting photos of Flowerettes. Contributions welcome!

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Hobnail

Important Note:  These bowls with scalloped lips were sold as open bowls without flower frog lids. The lids you see pictured here were "married" with the bowls, and came from the tops of bowls designed to have flower frog lids.

They are presented here for educational purposes, as they are often included with their adopted lids in collections of the other bowls presented on this page.

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Artichoke

Photo courtesy Nancy Norvell Prusinski

The Artichoke form is Viking catalog No. 1507, and uses the lid of the 4.5" Bowl.

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Bulls Eye

The Bulls Eye form is Viking catalog No. 1014, and uses the lid of the 5.5" Bowl. It was part of the Yesteryear line, and was only made for a short period of time and in only the two colors shown.

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Centerpiece

Photo courtesy Nancy Norvell Prusinski

The Centerpiece form is Viking catalog No. 1050.

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Hobnail

The Hobnail form is Viking catalog No. 1932, and uses the lid of the 4.5" Bowl. It was part of the Yesteryear line.

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Pineapple

The Pineapple form is Viking catalog No. 1930, and uses the flower frog lid of the 4.5" Bowl. It was part of the Yesteryear line, and was more commonly sold with a lid that looked like the top of a pineapple.

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Princess

The Princess form is Viking catalog No. 5271, and uses the lid of the 4.5" Bowl. It was part of the Princess line.

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Scroll

Photo courtesy Jackie Rosenblum Mohr

The Scroll form is Viking catalog No. 1048.

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