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Punch Sets - Part 3
PUNCH SETS - Part 3
HEAVY GRAPE: The punch sets are very rare in marigold and even more so in purple and helios. Punch cups have only a leaf in center, lacking any grapes. There are a “few” amber punch sets known. Green and emerald are known variations on the “green theme”. Gaining enough cups in any of the colors would be a real challenge.
Imperial Grape punch set in purple.
IMPERIAL GRAPE: Bowl and base in this pattern are not too much challenge to locate in marigold or helios. The spectacular purple sets present themselves as highly prized items. Seldom found, competition for ownership becomes an issue. Some very rare amber sets are known. At least one cobalt blue bowl has been confirmed, lacking a matching base and cups. A punch bowl and base in smoke have been reported.
Fancy punch sets - Imperial ad.
Catalog Ad for Fancy Punch Sets: We find interest in seeing the Waffle Block and Flute punch bowls / cups sitting on trays, which was obviously the method for marketing in some cases. Judy Maxwell owned a teal Waffle Block bowl for many years and was never able to locate a matching base. We might assume that teal was a color produced and marketed without a base. No cups are available in that color either.
Since the ad displays cups surrounding the bowl, we might further proclaim that the purchaser could choose whether or not they preferred to use bowl/cups without a base.
Granted; these are Imperial production items, but the discussion surrounding use of un-matching bases for such as Stork in Rushes bowls has been discussed at length in another of our earlier segments. ( Click to view the Stork in Rushes segment ) We believe that Dugan created that punch bowl for use without a base, as well.
WAFFLE BLOCK: Concerning this Imperial Catalog #698; some writers say that this punch set is one of the most available of the 15 shapes which were produced in carnival glass. Perhaps there has been some lack of interest among collectors for this pattern overall, but with some serious reflection on the matter we can truly say that in closely following hundreds of auction brochures for at least 35 years, we can honestly say that the only shape in this pattern that partially frequents the buying arena is the 10” handled basket.
With some determined effort, complete punch sets are only available in marigold and clambroth.
MEMPHIS: This near-cut-type design from what was originally Northwood's #19 line and in colored ware production in 1908 when iridescent glass came into fashion. The carnival glass presentation of the pattern was confined to berry sets in marigold and amethyst, with one aqua opalescent master bowl known.
Many times, the more shallow, ruffled fruit bowls in this pattern are displayed with punch cups surrounding it. The deeper, more rounded punch bowls were designed for punch.
Punch bowls / bases: marigold, amethyst, green, white, ice blue, ice green, cobalt blue-base only.
Fruit bowls / bases: marigold, amethyst, green, white, ice blue, ice green, lime green, cobalt blue base.
Punch cups: marigold, amethyst, green, cobalt blue, white, ice blue, ice green, lime green
Large stemmed compote: amethyst
Covered sugar: amethyst
Dean & Diane Fry 9/08
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