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Imperial - Part 16
IMPERIAL – Part 16
HONEYCOMB Exterior-Plain Interior
HONEYCOMB Exterior - Plain Interior.
Shown in 1909 Imperial Catalog..
 Shown in 1909 Imperial Catalog.

HONEYCOMB Compote:  Bruce Hill said he picked up this piece for $40. He had a sale price of $60. on it when we saw it in his room at ICGA Convention, July, 2010 and again in his booth while attending the www.cga Convention in Greenville, OH in Aug. 2010. The interior is un-patterned. Bruce, nor we have ever seen another example. It stands approximately 6” tall.  (Another of those “rare-so-what’s!”)

DISCOVERY ! : While searching for something else, which happens frequently, the 1909 Imperial Catalog ad displaying the goblet in this pattern came into view. Another section of the catalog displays a water pitcher and tumbler in the same design. Apparently, the goblet mold was carried over into early carnival glass before new molds were produced for the purpose; after which, molds such as this one were laid aside. It’s quite obvious the compote was shaped from the goblet mold. Now, how about that?!

Carnival HOBSTAR Pickle Castor. $350.- 2005 HOACGA Conv. auction.
Carnival HOBSTAR Pickle Castor. Sold for $350.
in 2005, at the HOACGA Convention auction.

HOBSTAR Pickle Castor:  You can decide for yourself how this combination came to be.  We do know that makers of metal “carriers” purchased glass examples to promote sale of their metal wares.  This appears to have been “perhaps the base to a sugar jar inserted into the carrier by some collector”.

Hobstar Flower compote

HOBSTAR FLOWER Compote:  Stemmed, ruffled compotes in marigold, purple, helios and emerald green are the known items in this pattern. Imperial is known for its helios and the brilliantly iridized colors found on these compotes which stand 5”-5 ½” tall. Marigold is the most difficult challenge when attempting to accumulate the color range. Only two emerald examples have been seen; both with spectacular iridescence.

Imperial SMOOTH PANELS flared bowl from the 4-5 in. Vase mold.
Imperial SMOOTH PANELS flared bowl from the 4-5 in. Vase mold.

SMOOTH PANELS Flared Bowl:  Vases, 5” – 12” are  known in marigold, purple, clambroth, smoke, marigold on milk, teal, red, smoke on milk glass. This flared bowl was shaped from that basic mold.


SMOOTH PANELS Rosebowl:  These are small. Found in marigold and clambroth, this is another shape which basically is formed from a small 4”-5” vase mold. It is 2 ¾” tall with a 4 ¼” diameter.

Robin mug

ROBIN Mug:  Other than water sets in marigold and a few smoke tumblers, this mug shape is the dominant feature in the pattern. The mugs have been found in marigold, marigold on smoke, smoke, marigold on light green, and smoke on light green.
NOTE: Both water set and the mug were extensively reproduced in the 1960s and 1970s; colors to include marigold, smoke, white, red, and ice blue. All  repros.  were superimposed with IG or LIG trademark.

Amber POPPY SHOW Vase.Courtesy Reichel AuctionsSmoke POPPY SHOW Vase
Left - Amber POPPY SHOW Vase.Courtesy Reichel Auctions.
Right - Smoke POPPY SHOW Vase.

POPPY SHOW Vase:  Along with purple, smoke and amber vases are extremely rare. Helios, clambroth and a pastel marigold are additional colors to be aware of. Reproductions with the IG trademark were made in the ‘60s and ‘70s. They were made in marigold, smoke and helios. If you click on -- P -- , you will be taken to view  lovely vintage examples in marigold and purple Poppy Show. These 12” vases make an impressive statement in any color!

OVAL & ROUND large (8.5 in.) berry bowl in Smoke6 in. OVAL and ROUND in Smoke.
Left - OVAL & ROUND large (8.5 in.) berry bowl in Smoke.
Right - 6 in. OVAL and ROUND in Smoke.
OVAL & ROUND-9.5 in. x 3 in. deep.
OVAL & ROUND - 9.5 in. x 3 in. deep.

OVAL and ROUND Bowls:  Listed in factory catalogs as Imperial’s #89, this simple design was produced in non-iridized crystal prior to the carnival glass era. Marigold ruffled bowls are easy to find, but a marigold rose bowl is rare. 10” chop plates in marigold or amber are also quite rare. The berry sets are usually ruffled and not too difficult to locate in marigold, but purple, helios, smoke and amber examples in either the 8 ½” or 4 ½” size require patience. The pattern is underrated by collectors.

Dean & Diane Fry…..9/10

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