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Imperial RANGER, Jenkins BLOCK, and Crown Crystal BLOCKS and ARCHES

March 1924 Butler Bros. Catalog,.
March 1924 Butler Bros. Catalog.
Candy Jar or Cracker Jar in RANGER pattern. Imperial Factory Catalog Reprint.Imperial Factory Catalog Reprint
Left - Candy or Cracker Jar in RANGER pattern. Imperial Factory Catalog Reprint.
Right -Table Tumbler - Imperial Factory Catalog Reprint.

RANGER Cracker Jar in White-Rare-$200
RANGER Cracker Jar in White - Rare - $200
RANGER Chop Plate - 11.75 in3.25 in. Footed RANGER Sherbet.
Left - RANGER Chop Plate - 11.75 inches.
Right - 3.25 in. Footed RANGER Sherbet.
6.25 in. RANGER Covered Butter
6.25 in. RANGER Covered Butter.
RANGER 7 and one-half in.Bowl.
RANGER 7 1/2 inch Bowl.

Imperial Ranger Pattern
Discovery of the world-wide scope of this somewhat controversial pattern produced by Imperial clearly indicates that in addition to the shapes seen in the Butler Brothers Catalog ad, a water pitcher and pedestal-footed 8 vase can also be included in the Imperial #711 line. Since the vase is listed as available in marigold, smoke and clambroth, it is not surprising to discover the Cracker Jar in white.

Considering the vast number of shapes available from Imperial, along with evidence that the pattern was also produced by Crown Crystal Glass Co. in Sydney, Australia; Christales de Mexico of Mexico; Josef Inwald Co, of Prague, Czechoslovakia; an English firm, and the D.C. Jenkins Glass Co., Arcadia, Indiana.  Popularity of the design/shapes can be fully appreciated.

Exporting glass to Europe, Central America, and Australia, brought about copies from the very firms mentioned above. David Charles Jenkins had operated flint glass firms since about 1886, selling one operation to the U. S. Glass Co. in 1891. Mr. Jenkins came to Greentown, IN in 1893 to organize and erect a large flint glass factory. That plant was purchased by the National Glass Co., Pittsburgh in 1899. In 1901, Mr. Jenkins, along with his sons, organized The Kokomo Glass Mfg. Co. erecting and operating a flint glass factory which was destroyed by fire in 1905. It was rebuilt in 1906 and resumed operations as the D.C. Jenkins Glass Company. In 1914, Mr. Jenkins started another glass factory in Arcadia, IN. Both plants were in operation until 1932.

Very likely, the copies of Imperial production items by European, Mexican and Australian firms resulted from exports. They were all produced from the mid 1920s through the early 1930s.

Confirmed shapes and colors by Imperial are: water pitcher, tumbler, cracker jar, creamer, sugar, sherbet, bowls marigold, along with the 8 pedestal footed vase found in marigold, smoke and clambroth.

Jenkins Glass- BLOCK pattern..
Jenkins Glass - BLOCK pattern.
Large BLOCK Covered Sugar 4 in. diam
Large Ranger and BLOCK Covered Sugar 4 inch diameter.
BLOCK Creamer - 4 in. tall. There is also a known Sugar in this pattern. - c. 1924.BLOCK Nappy
Left - Ranger and BLOCK Creamer. Right - Ranger and BLOCK Nappy  c. 1924.
BLOCK Open Sugar-2.5 in. high x 3.5 in. top diam.
BLOCK Open Sugar-2.5 in. high x 3.5 in. top diam.

Jenkins Block Pattern

The Just Jenkins book by Joyce Hicks indicates the Jenkins BLOCK pattern is found in clear and iridized glass.

BLOCKS and ARCHES from Carnival Glass of Australia Book
BLOCKS and ARCHES from Carnival Glass of Australia Book.
BLOCKS and ARCHES Jug-6.25 in. high-seen in Carnival Glass of Australia.
BLOCKS and ARCHES Jug - 6.25 in. high - seen in Carnival Glass of Australia.

Crown Crystal BLOCKS and ARCHES Pattern
The Crown Crystal BLOCKS and ARCHES pattern appeared on a jug and 6 glasses - Catalog No. 1760 and 1767, listed in their 1929 catalog. The jug offered a 36 point recessed star in bottom. The glasses had a 24 pointed recessed star in bottom. The jug was 6 ¼ in height with 2 pint capacity. Diagrams and the marigold set are from Carnival Glass of Australia, dated 1988. A picture of the jug is also shown in Australian Glass-1900-1950 by Ken Arnold, dated 1991.

RANGER Tumbler- has M inside C-Cristales of Mexico
RANGER Tumbler - has M inside C - Cristales of Mexico.

Over the years, we have observed only an occasional marigold tumbler having the M marking from Christales de Mexico. We cannot confirm other shapes from that source.

Dean and Diane Fry  9-10

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