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Imperial - Part 31
IMPERIAL – Part 31

Mgld. SWIRL RIB -or-TWISTED OPTIC-Mayo-Courtesy Mitchell Stewart.
SWIRL RIB -or-TWISTED OPTIC - Mayo - Marigold.
Courtesy Mitchell Stewart.

SWIRL RIB  Compote   (OR)  TWISTED OPTIC  Mayo.??: Mitchell Stewart sent this photo and measurements of the piece in his collection, on Aug. 20, 2013. He states that the iridescence is of the type seen on Depression glassware. Since both writers of Carnival Glass, as well as Depression Glass declare a sherbet and no mayonnaise compote of this size, we are left to presume that only this larger size was made during the Depression era…….1927-1930? It is 6 ½” wide x 3 ½” high x 3 ¼” diameter foot.  Clearly it is too large to be considered a sherbet, as listed in both the 1979 issue of the Gene Florence Depression Glass Book and Carl Burns’ 1996 Imperial Carnival Glass Book. Please note: No size for the sherbet is listed in either book! Pink, Green and Amber are the listed colors produced in Depression Glass.  
Since Mitchell provided the “compote”, an under plate having the same design characteristics has presented itself. This leads to the distinct possibility that the two components provide evidence of a couple of items within the SWIRL RIB pattern which were not known to exist at the time of earlier written accounts.

Mgld. SWIRL RIB Cup & Saucer
Swirl Rib Cup and Saucer - Marigold.

SWIRL RIB  Cup & Saucer: Scarcely ever included in a carnival glass auction of collectors’ glass, examples within this pattern are likely considered by most collectors to be from the Depression Era. Marigold is the only known color.

Pg. 104-Jan. 1909 Imperial Catalog.Fire polished goblet.
1909 Catalog ad for Herringbone and Beaded Ovals.
Herringbone and Beaded Ovals compote - Marigold.

HERRINGBONE & BEADED OVALS Compote:  Listed in old Imperial Catalogs as their #B-54 ½ , only the stemmed, ruffled compote has been reported. They are all in marigold and only a few examples are known. (the ad displayed here indicates the original shape to have been a goblet.)
During the 1960s and 1970s, the design was reproduced in a variety of shapes and colors, trademarked with IG or LIG logos. Items from that era include bowls, covered candy dishes, compotes and handled baskets in marigold, emerald, pink, red, and smoke.

Blue BLAZE 4.25 in Sauce.-Seeck Auctions
BLAZE 4.25 in Sauce ln Blue - Seeck Auctions.

BLAZE  Small Berry Bowl:  This berry set pattern dates to the January 1909 Imperial General Catalog. 9”-10” bowls are known in clambroth, green, marigold, purple and smoke. The 5” sauces are known in those same colors, as well as green. A 4 ¼” sauce sold in 2013 for $700.

Blue TWINS 6.25 in. sauce-RARE!Courtesy Reichel Auctions
Blue TWINS 6.25 inch sauce - RARE!
Courtesy Reichel Auctions

TWINS Small Berry Bowl:  9”-10” berry bowls are known in marigold, helios and smoke. This is another Imperial pattern dating to 1909. A small berry size in blue sold in 1996 for $350. “Possibly” the same example sold in 2013 for $485.
Fruit bowl/base are known in marigold and smoke. As with some other early bowls, this pattern was used to enhance/sell metal holders in the early 1900s.

Blue IMPERIAL GRAPE 8-9 in. ruffled, collar base bowl.
Blue IMPERIAL GRAPE 8-9 inch ruffled, collar base bowl.

IMPERIAL GRAPE Bowl-BLUE:  Marigold and helios are the usual colors found. Purple is a bit more challenging! Scarce in clambroth, amber and lavender; quite rare in emerald and smoke. Only one rare cobalt blue example is known! At least 25 different shapes are known in a wide range of colors within this popular pattern. When Harry Northwood introduced the popular Grape and Cable line in 1910, Imperial Glass followed with their own famous grape design.

THREE & ONE 6.5 in. sauce in Amber! Courtesy Mike Carwile.
THREE and ONE - 6.5 in. sauce in Amber!
Courtesy Mike Carwile.
PURPLE THREE and ONE 6 in. Sauce
PURPLE THREE and ONE 6 inch Sauce.
THREE and ONE 7 in. Plate-Smoke-Courtesy Carl & Eunice Booker.
THREE and ONE - 7 inch Plate in Smoke.
Courtesy Carl & Eunice Booker.

THREE and ONE:  Designated as Imperial’s #1, this pattern was produced in a wide variety of crystal shapes from 1904 to 1909. After that, fewer shapes appeared in the Imperial catalogs. Arrival of the carnival glass era saw production of the pattern limited to 4”-9” bowls in marigold, purple, helios, smoke, and clambroth, 6”-7” plates in marigold, rose bowl in marigold and toothpick holder in marigold. There are green ones out there, and some “appear” as old, displaying no trademark. Paper labels were used some during the ‘70s, and they would have worn away by this time. Advice: Not wise to overspend today for a green toothpick! (smile)     
In late March 2014, Mike Carwile discovered an amber bowl in this pattern. Since none of the previously written accounts of this pattern mention that color, it is quite possible that it was a 1970s era production when paper labels were applied. Since the majority of those would have “fallen away” by this time, this would account for its lack of notice during the vintage era.

Mgld. RANGER Water Set
Ranger Water Set in Marigold.

RANGER Water Set:  Listed in old Imperial Factory catalogs as their #711 pattern, and known to have exported glass to Europe, Central America, and Australia, it is interesting to note that versions of the Ranger pattern were produced by Crystal Glass Co. of Sydney, Australia;  Christales de Mexico of Mexico; the Josef Inwald Co. of Prague, Czechoslovakia, and at least one English firm. Carl Burns did extensive research on this pattern and feels that the pattern originated with Imperial Glass Co. Foreign production began in the mid 1920s, extending through the early 1930s. This rather confirms the fact that the design originated with earlier shipments of glass from Imperial Glass Co. into those countries.
Imperial produced water pitcher, tumbler, creamer, sugar, sherbet, bowls in 8”-10” sizes in marigold, along with an 8” pedestal-footed vase in marigold, smoke and clambroth.

White DOUBLE SCROLL Console Set
Double Scroll Console set in White.

DOUBLE SCROLL Console Set: When buyers’ tastes began to change in the 1915 -1920 period, this pattern was one which “bridged the style changes” in glassware finishes. This set can be found with either carnival glass or stretch glass finish. The three piece set, comprised of a pair of 7”-8” candlesticks and matching console bowl which is dome footed, oval in shape, being about 12” in diameter from end to end. Marigold, clambroth, smoke, teal, red, and amberina and white are basic colors. Helios has been discussed, but not confirmed.

Dean & Diane Fry - April 2014

Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love,
I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal.

And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries
and all knowledge, and though I have all faith,
So that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.

And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor,
and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing.

Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy;
love does not parade itself, is not puffed up;

does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked,
thinks no evil; does not rejoice in iniquity,

but rejoices in the truth; bears all things, believes all things,
hopes all things, endures all things.

Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies,
they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease;
whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.

For we know in part and we prophecy in part.

But when that which is perfect has come,
then that  which is in part will be done away.

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought as a child;
but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

For now we see in a mirror, dimly, but then face to face.
Now I know in part, but then I shall know just as I also am known.

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.
(1 Corinthians 13)

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