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Imperial Water Sets - Part 3
IMPERIAL WATERSETS - Part 3
FASHION: Indicated as Imperial's #402 ½ in their factory catalogs, it is easily recognized by most collectors. Water sets in marigold are easy to obtain, with smoke examples quite scarce. Purple sets are in the extremely rare category. With their unfailing spectacular color and iridescence, desirability rates them as “treasures” in collections fortunate enough to own them. Carl Burns notes that he can confirm a clambroth and root beer colored tumbler in this pattern. No matching pitchers are known. If you will click on ~~ ~~ in our pattern alphabet, you can view a lovely purple pitcher and tumbler.
IMPERIAL GRAPE: Marigold is easily the most available color, but impressive due to their strong, magnificent color! Helios examples are not too difficult either, but when compared to the fewer than half dozen known true emerald green pitchers, the difference in price will quickly determine desirability preference. Purple is another prized color in this pattern, yet without much difficulty to locate. Examples in amber, aqua and smoke are quite rare and the prices reflect that.
Tumblers: The ribbed interior is harder to locate than the plain interior. Marigold, helios, purple, amber, lavender, smoke, lime green, and aqua are listed in order of availability, descending to rarest, with only one or two tumblers in ice green known. Vaseline tumblers have been reported, but no matching pitcher for that or the lime green and ice green tumblers is verified.
OCTAGON : Marigold water sets are quite plentiful in this cut pattern. It is easily recognized with at least 23 carnival glass shapes having been documented. Purple water sets are extremely rare! These tankard, or water pitchers stand only 1 ½” taller than the 8” milk pitchers. A yet smaller 6 ½” pitcher is quite scarce in marigold and downright rare in purple. With so little difference in the size of the water and milk pitchers, unless they are together for comparison, it is easily understood that an error in judgment can be made as to which one is which!
The standard Octagon tumbler rests on a factory-ground base ( no collar base)-called smooth bottom in the Catalog Ad. Only marigold is known in this tumbler.
OCTAGON Water Pitcher - 9.75 in. tall.
RARE in Purple! OCTAGON Vt. Tumbler, (collar Base)
OCTAGON Variant Tumbler: This version has a distinct collar base and stands about ½” taller than the standard size tumbler. It is not found nearly as often, but marigold examples remain reasonably plentiful. The other colors can present a challenge. This tumbler is very scarce in purple and helios. Very rare examples in aqua and olive are known to exist. Only a couple of smoke and vaseline examples are known. No matching pitchers for these rare colors have been reported, to our knowledge.
ROBIN Water Set
ROBIN: Birds and animals were prevalent design topics for Fenton, Northwood and Millersburg. However, Robin water sets and mugs exhibit the only use of fauna by Imperial. Vintage water sets are only found in marigold. Some smoke tumblers have been reported, but no matching pitcher has turned up thus far. Vintage Robin water sets do not avail themselves to collectors with any regularity, yet they do not command the high prices which some other more available sets do.
Both water sets and the handled mugs were extensively reproduced during the 1960s and 1970s in colors to include marigold, smoke, white, red, and ice blue. The IG or LIG trademark should be visible on these pieces.
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