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Lustre Rose - Open Rose - Part 2
LUSTRE ROSE - OPEN ROSE - Part 2
Confusion exists in the minds of many collectors, about the differences in shape and design variations. Understandably so, when documentation of at least 18 shapes in a wide range of colors exists. However, since all are designated as Imperial's #489 pattern, the differences in design can be explained by saying that with wear and time, new molds were required to answer that need, along with the demand to accommodate the market.
Five shapes offered in an April 1912 Butler Brothers Wholesale catalog ad indicates the popularity with the buying public. Collectors of today may have opposing views, since the fernery alone can be found in marigold, helios, purple, cobalt blue, amber, aqua, teal, clambroth, olive, smoke, amberina and frosty white. So many choices might indicate this shape to be “plentiful”, and therefore not so desirable as a shape with fewer color choices? The point of fact is that cobalt blue is probably the most available, next to marigold, with white and amberina being quite rare. Purple ferneries are not easily “picked up” either!
The ice cream bowl-shaped centerpiece bowl is rare in any color: marigold, helios, clambroth, amber, and smoke. This is shaped from the fernery mold. A whimsey footed plate in marigold exists.
8”-9” footed, round or ruffled-edge bowls are found in marigold, helios, clambroth and amber, with purple and smoke more difficult to locate. Only a couple of vaseline examples are known, with olive a reported color, as well.
Collar-based, large berry bowls known in marigold, purple, helios, amber, aqua, cobalt blue, smoke, vaseline, light blue/marigold overlay.
Collar-based, small berry bowls are known in marigold, purple, helios, amber, smoke, cobalt blue and aqua.
Collar-based, 7 ½”-9” bowls, either round of ruffled are often called Open Rose. You will notice that the 5 examples shown in the catalog ad have the two side-by-side lines in the exterior design, as you will also note on the exterior of the (IG) chop plate made in 1967, called Open Rose. Therein lies the basic difference which separates Open Rose from Lustre Rose examples. Marigold, purple, helios, amber and lavender are colors for these bowls.
Old 9”flat, collar-based plates are found in marigold, purple, helios, amber and clambroth.
A clear difference in those exterior separations can be viewed in the footed clambroth round bowl. It offers two side-by-side rows of semi-circles in the exterior design. This design, we believe, defines Lustre Rose examples.
The collar-based rose bowl in Open Rose was shaped from the collar-based bowl and plate mold. Marigold, helios and amber are not too difficult to find, but purple rosebowls are quite rare and expensive. A single rosebowl in smoke is also known.
The 11” chop plate in Open Rose was not produced in vintage carnival. It is known in smoke, marigold and purple. (Note differences in design from that seen on the ice cream bowl-shaped centerpiece bowl.) Other reproduced shapes are found in marigold, smoke, helios, purple, amber, meadow green, white, red, and pink. Reproductions during the 1960s-1970s were trademarked with either IG, LIG, or ALIG.
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