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Wonder Assortment - Imperial
THE WONDER ASSORTMENT
From Imperial Glass
This array of designs which appeared in the Santa Claus Edition -1910 Butler Brothers Wholesale Catalog offers some very familiar patterns to collectors, such as the Morning Glory vase and perhaps even Rococo, but on the other hand, a Tulip & Cane bowl is virtually never seen! (Perhaps that offers the clue to The Wonder Assortment?)
It is a wonder that we do not see more Three In One examples, as well!
MORNING GLORY: vases are found in miniature 3- 4 ½ in marigold, purple, helios, smoke
5-7 vases in marigold, purple, helios, smoke, cobalt blue
8-12 vases in marigold, purple, helios, smoke, cobalt blue, light blue with marigold overlay, (teal, white, ice green?)
13-16 mid-size vases in marigold, purple, helios
17-19 funeral vases in marigold, purple, helios, smoke
Jack-in-the-pulpit vases in marigold, purple, smoke, emerald
ROCOCO: Three shapes are known in this rather elusive pattern.
Vases, 5-6 in height - marigold, smoke, lavender, (helios?)
Bowl, 9 - marigold (helios?)
Bowl, 5-6 marigold, smoke, (helios?)
The bowls can be ruffled or round in shape, but are dome-footed, just as the small vases are.
TULIP and CANE: (none of the shapes and colors known are plentiful!) The pattern was manufactured between 1909-1929, but is seldom found today! Pretty as it is, the infrequent appearance in collecting circles, clearly places this into the rare-so-what category.
Bowl, dome footed - marigold, smoke
Goblet, 8 oz - marigold
Claret, 4 oz. - marigold
Wine, 3 oz. - marigold
Wine, 1 ½ - (cordial) - marigold
DIAMOND RING: Here is another very limited commodity. Auctions come and auctions GO, without a trace of one of these bowls. Relatively few in the rose bowl shape (in any color) are known. We saw our first example for many a year, while attending the Wroda auction on April 20, 2006. It sold for a mere $80, simply for its unknown value. The collection sold that day was one dating back to the 70s. Many rare items brought nominal returns.
Bowl, 8- 9 - marigold, purple, smoke, helios
Bowl, 5- 6 - marigold, purple smoke, helios
Rose bowl - marigold, purple, smoke
THREE in ONE: Old Imperial factory catalogs gave this pattern the supreme designation of Imperial's #1. It was made in a wide array of non-iridized crystal shapes from 1904 onward. Having lost much of its appeal by the time the carnival glass era arrived, Imperial catalogs from about 1909 forward, contained fewer shapes in the design. The number of iridized shapes is limited.
Bowls, 4- 9 - marigold, purple, helios, smoke, clambroth
Plate, 6- 7 in marigold only, and should be considered quite rare!
Rose bowl - marigold only. This shape is rarer still than the plate, shaped from the 8 bowl mold.
Toothpick Holder - Very rare in marigold. (Green?) Some folks seem convinced that they are old! In many cases, they are not! Helios Green (dark green base glass) reproductions were made by Imperial from 1967 to 1970. When Imperial started reproducing carnival glass many of the first marks were a very small IG logo stamped inside the item. Some of these marks did not turn out well and many not at all. To appease collectors Imperial retooled many moulds and placed the larger IG mark on the bottom. The example pictured above is IG marked on the bottom but many are not. If you examine your "unmarked" Helios Green Three in One toothpick holder you will probably find evidence of a failed mark inside.
Meadow Green (lime green base glass) reproductions were produced in 1980 after Imperial had been sold to Lenox. These only carried paper labels with the Imperial name on. None were trademarked in any manner. The style of the label is consistent with those used by Imperial in the 70s. Labels can be easily removed. It has now been nearly 26 years since those labels were applied, and surely some have been washed away with time, or began showing signs of wear, and have been removed!
The iridescence on both the Imperial and Lenox reproductions was of the type which could easily pass for old carnival.
A word to the wise: Be careful how willingly you part with hard-earned dollars for one of these examples. You will be entering a very shadowy area in doing so!
DAISY BASKET: (handled) Stands 9 ½ -10 ½ with a rope effect handle. This Imperial piece appears for the first time in 1929 wholesale catalog ads. Limited to marigold, a lovely pastel clambroth, with the beautiful smoke baskets much harder to find.
Reproductions were created in the 60s and 70s, which are plentiful. New baskets in marigold, smoke, and green have the superimposed IG trademark in the base.
(Additional note of importance): We have handled several different examples of reproductions which upon close inspection, reveals that the IG has been ground off, leaving a sandy, rough-like surface. This will be especially noticeable on the smooth bottoms where the trademark once was. Some examples, when held to a strong light, will still reveal the outline of the IG, even through that remaining sandy surface.
RIPPLE: Vases in this pattern are widely recognized for the vast selection of sizes and color variation. Entire collections can be built around this pattern Imperial favorite! They are impressive when sitting en masse and yet most are quite reasonably priced! Five different molds were used in production of Ripple. It is the base diameter which creates the differences.
2 ½- These have a 16 point star molded into the base. They may range in height from 4 ½-10 ½.
2 7/8-These have a 20 point star molded into the base.They may range in height from 5 ¼-12 ¾.
3 3/8 - These have a 20 point star in the base and range from 6 ½-14 ½.
3 7/8 - These have a 20 point star in the base and range in height from 10 ½ -16 ½.
4 ¾ - These have a 24 point star in the base and range in height from 11 ½ - 20.
Classification into four different styles become - Squat vase, standard vase, mid-size funeral vase and large funeral vase. Variety in color known for each height classification varies somewhat, so we will take them individually.
Squat vase, 4 ½ - 6 ½: Made from the first three molds listed above. Most often found in marigold, purple, and helios. Clambroth and amber examples are a bit harder to locate.
Standard vase, 7 ½-12 ½: Made from the first four molds listed above. Marigold, purple and helios are quite easily found. Amber and clambroth examples can be found in fair numbers. Colors presenting a challenge: smoke, aqua, teal, lavender, and vaseline and olive. White examples are very rare and cobalt blue vases, even moreso. There is at least one extremely rare red example.
Mid-size funeral vase, 13-16 - Made from the third and fourth mold sizes listed above. Marigold, helios, purple and amber. Clambroth is very scarce. A light blue with marigold overlay and a few very rare lavender examples exist. Teal has been reported.
Large size funeral vase, 17-20 - Made from the fifth mold size listed above. Four colors are confirmed in this size and all are rarely found. Marigold and helios are the most available. Purple examples are very rare, but rarest of all is the beautiful teal.
Dean & Diane Fry and Donna Adler - 5-06
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