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Nordiska Kompaniet Catalogue (1915-1916)
Nordiska Kompaniet Catalogue (1915-1916)
Top-Blue Eda version-#526.
Top - Blue Eda version - #526.

NUCUT #526- Sugar-3 in. high, 6 in. across--Creamer-3.5 in. high, 5 in. across
NUCUT #526 - Sugar - 3 in. high, 6 in. across - Creamer - 3.5 in. high, 5 in. across.

A couple of years ago, we posted information surrounding the breakfast set having large blue handles. You will find that in IMPERIAL NUCUT Patterns.
Nov. 3, 2012 we received additional and somewhat altered information from Ellen Richardson, U.K. We present the updated material verbatim! Ellen has taken a closer view of the Catalog page, as well.
The catalogue page is not from an Eda Catalogue but from the pages of an old Nordiska Kompaniet catalogue (1915-1916). This was a large department store in Sweden, the equivalent of Harrods in London. I understand that Imperial did export to Europe at that time. The set on the page shown is identical to the one in the Imperial catalogue.
It all gets confusing here as I was informed that Eda did make sets in half crystal for the store. So the sets could be Imperial or Eda.
The blue set I sent you the photos of a couple of years ago I can see are clearly very different on the handles, in that they raise above the bowl, where as the Imperial set, the handle tops are level with the top of the bowl.
The Eda Glass Museum is 90% certain the blue and marigold pieces were Eda and would have been made around 1925. However, they also state that these were not a known production line item.
I have since seen one more set in blue which belongs to someone I know in Sweden. He acquired it from a very old man. There are not known to be any others. I also know of a blue pitcher but I have not seen this. I know that it is also a one of a kind. I do still keep trying to find out more, but it is like banging your head against a brick wall, as they say!
The little set I purchased a few weeks back is in Black/Black Amethyst glass. The lady I got it from lives in the USA and stated it was Imperial Lace. It was advertised as a childs’ breakfast set made in the ‘80s. Height: 1.75 in. x 3.75 in. handle to handle. Bowl diameter: 2 in. Base diam.: 1.25 in.”

NUCUT design Breakfast Set seen in Imperial catalog 104A.
NUCUT design Breakfast Set seen in Imperial catalog 104A.

#526 NUCUT BREAKFAST SET:   Imperial Catalog 104A displays the diagram illustrating the set Ellen describes as Black/Black Amethyst made in 1980.
Imperial did not produce this design in vintage iridized carnival glass (prior to 1940).
Update: Feb. 2013 - Information has been discovered which indicates the Nucut marks were removed from the moulds in 1932 and Imperial’s IG production began in 1951.
Conclusion: This basic pattern was produced by at least two manufacturers for possibly 70 years!!

Marigold FLUTE & CANE Breakfast Set. Seeck Auction
Marigold FLUTE & CANE Breakfast Set. Seeck Auction.
6 in. FLUTE & CANE Goblet-Mgld
 Flute and Cane goblet - 4 inch.
(Smoke) FLUTE and CANE   Milk Pitcher - 5.75 in. high. $249.99 in 7-09
FLUTE and CANE Milk Pitcher in Smoke.
5.75 in. high. sold for $249.99 in 7-2009.
FLUTE & CANE Sherbet and 6 in. Underplate-Mgld
  Flute and Cane Sherbet and 6 in. Underplate in Marigold.

FLUTE and CANE:  Most shapes within this pattern are scarce to extremely rare. The BOWLS – 4 ½”-7 ½” sometimes present themselves. The smoke milk pitcher presents the question as to whether it is vintage or a later production item? Many times the IG has been ground off and smoothly ground off. Marigold is said to be the only color produced in this pattern!  The 6” GOBLET is (scarce), BREAKFAST CREAMER & SUGAR - (very scarce), Stemmed SHERBET- (scarce),  and 6” UNDERPLATE - (very scarce).

TWO-HANDLED Candlestick server.-Courtesy Bob Preseau
TWO-HANDLED Candlestick server.
Courtesy Bob Preseau

TWO-HANDLED CANDLESTICK:  Bob Preseau sent this photo the end of Dec. 2012, saying that his “find” of the marigold example is a “dream come true”. He has owned the smoke and amethyst examples for quite sometime. You may click into our Candlesticks - Part 7 for more information on those two colors. These combination pieces are 10” in diameter and stand 8” tall. The marigold lustre on the top gives way to a clear stretch effect on the candlestick base and server section. At the time Carl Burns wrote his book on Imperial Glass in 1996, only 2 examples in marigold were known.

Left-OPTIC FLUTE Compote 5 in. tall.5.75 in. whimsey on right.
Left - OPTIC FLUTE Compote 5 in. tall.5.75 in. whimsey on right.
OPTIC FLUTE Marigold Bowl-7.5 in.
OPTIC FLUTE Marigold Bowl - 7.5 inch.

OPTIC FLUTE:  This simplistic design is somewhat overlooked, although the brilliant iridescent luster is usually exceptional! Ruffled 8”-9” bowls and smaller 5” berry bowls make up the berry set. Marigold, clambroth, smoke and purple are the reported colors. Purple examples are seldom seen. The small 6”-6 ½” compote stands about 4 ½” -5” tall. Marigold and clambroth are known colors. The so-called “whimsey” appears to have “lost its luster” in the re-heating applied to change the shape of a compote!!

COBBLESTONES 9 in. Bowl-Helios & Scarce Mgld. with Arcs pattern exterio
COBBLESTONES -  9 in. Bowls - Helios and Scarce Marigold with Arcs pattern exterior.

COBBLESTONES:  8 ½”-9 ½” ruffled bowls in purple are the dominant feature of this pattern. Helios examples turn up reasonably often. Marigold bowls are quite brilliant in color, but very few are available in any given year of search! Amber is a scarce color, and only a couple of blue bowls are known. A single flat 9” plate in purple is known, as well.

Dean & Diane Fry, 3/13
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Feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.
My son, keep your father’s command, and do not forsake the law of your mother.
Bind them continually upon your heart; tie them around your neck.
When you roam, they will lead you; when you sleep, they will keep you;
And when you awake, they will speak with you.
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