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Imperial - Part 30
IMPERIAL – Part 30
Exterior- IMPERIAL GRAPE 9 in. bowl
Exterior- IMPERIAL GRAPE 9 inch bowl.

IMPERIAL’S GRAPE VARIANT:  The familiar Imperial Grape 8”-9” bowl having the customary collar-base with the interior design showing through is shown here for comparison.
Note that the Variant displays a singular leaf design within the marie! Since Carl Burns provided his 1996 Imperial Glass Identification Guide, only two or three examples have surfaced and been brought to the attention of collectors! Carl displays a round 7 ½” marigold example, stating that he is documenting the design for the very first time! The collar base is 3” in diameter. The exterior design is the same as found on the standard  version of Imperial Grape.
Perhaps this leaf design is the result of a test mould, which was abandoned when decision was arrived at for mass production?

HEAVY GRAPE Punch Set- Green
HEAVY GRAPE Punch Set - Green.
HEAVY GRAPE Punch bowl interior.-Green
HEAVY GRAPE Punch bowl interior - Green.

HEAVY GRAPE Punch Set:  These sets are rare in marigold, extremely rare in purple and helios. Although emerald, and green are discussed, could be a “varied mix” of the basic helios. Amber is discussed as highly rare, with only a few known. Punch cups have only a single leaf in center.

Fenton reproduced the design in the 1970s, on 6”-7” bowls. They are all marked with the Fenton logo. (Fenton) enclosed in an oval. Frank M. was known to have purchased various moulds from former producers. Obviously this is one of the former Imperial moulds.  The pattern appears in early Imperial catalogs as their #700. The designation refers to the exterior Flute pattern. Imperial pattern numbers consistently refer to an exterior pattern, regardless of the design used on the interior. PUNCH SETS – Part 3  segment displays the marigold Heavy Grape Punch Set.

#666 FLUTE & CANE Compote-Mgld
Flute and Cane compote - Marigold.

FLUTE and CANE Compote:  All shapes within this pattern have been reported only in marigold. The pattern is listed in Imperial Factory catalogs as #666. Flute and Cane. Of the fourteen shapes, only the 4 ½”-7 ½” bowls would seem “available”. All others are designated as scarce, very scarce, rare, very rare, and extremely rare. The 6 3/8” compote displayed here is scarce. The pattern dates to the 1921 time period.

NUCUT #537 Jelly Compote. 4 in. wide x 5 in. high
NUCUT #537 Jelly Compote. 4 in. wide x 5 in. high.

NUCUT #537 Jelly Compote:  4” wide x 5” tall, these jelly compotes are few and far between in today’s world!  Imperial began production of a line of several non-iridized patterns they named their Nucut line. All geometric in style and produced in heavy crystal, they were signed with the Nucut trademark. Whirling Star and Hexagon Cane are patterns included in the Nucut line. These jelly compotes have only been found in marigold.

Pillar Flute compote - Marigold.

PILLAR FLUTE Compote:  Imperial Factory catalogs designate this pattern as #682, with more than 30 shapes having been made in non-iridized crystal.. Perhaps half that many were made in carnival. This 4” high x 4 ¾” diameter compote is known in marigold, clambroth and smoke. Most shapes are found having the Imperial Cross trademark. Added to the previous thirteen-fourteen confirmed shapes in carnival glass, a 12” Chop plate in marigold has been confirmed in recent years. Imperial – Part 10  displays the chop plate, along with other shapes in this pattern.

Mgld. 4.75 in. FASHION Compote (1966)-no (IG
Marigold 4.75 in. FASHION Compote (1966) - no (IG).
January 1909 and 104A Imperial Glass Catalogs
January 1909 and 104A Imperial Glass Catalogs.

FASHION Jelly Compote: These small compotes are numbered, but not “hallmarked”. The compote named “One-Of-Fifty-Six”, was made July 1st 1966 for presentation to 28 ACGA members and friends at a luncheon in St. Clairsville, OH on July 5, 1966, hosted by Miss Lucille Kennedy, assistant to Carl W. Gustky, President of the Imperial Glass Co. Each of the 28 recipients signed for the gift, with the original signature recorded in the Imperial Glass archives. A Photostat copy was provided to Ward Russell, ACGA Pres. at the time. The remaining 28 compotes of the restricted 56 were reserved as gifts for Imperial Glass officials and other company employees.
The initial 28 presentation compotes - no hallmarked - will become “curious” items over time. It was the first time Imperial departed from their rigid policy of hallmarking their items.
Each of the 56 compotes in marigold were produced from a four-part jelly compote mould. 4 ¾” tall. This particular mould likely had been used for production of clear glass compotes-predating iridized glass. The top rim, serrated and scalloped, is 4” in diameter. The base is serrated and 3” in diameter. The stem is slightly domed and forms eight narrow, fluted panels. The top rim has four larger scallops, each with seven serrations; along with four smaller scallops having three serrations each. The large and small scallops are altering.
Origin of this small compote dates to 1909 when Imperial produced clear glass examples of the Fashion pattern. This small compote was never produced in their later offerings of iridized glass.

STAR & FILE Iced Tea Tumbler- 5 in. tall.Mgld.
STAR & FILE Iced Tea Tumbler - 5 in. tall - Marigold.

STAR and FILE Iced Tea Tumbler: This pattern #612 spanned a number of  production years, appearing in wholesale catalogs as late as 1929. At least 20 various shapes are known. The standard size tumbler is 4 ¼”. This iced tea size tumbler is 4 ¾”-5” in height and is (extremely rare) in today’s world!

THREE and ONE 6 in. sauce. Courtesy Mike Carwile
THREE and ONE 6 inch sauce - Courtesy Mike Carwile.

THREE and ONE: Old Imperial factory catalogs designate this pattern as Imperial’s #1. Several shapes were produced in non-iridized crystal glass.  After about 1909 catalogs list fewer shapes available. New examples made in 1968 were clearly marked with the IG trademark. Green examples were made in 1978 after Imperial had been sold to Lenox. Labels appeared on the newly produced examples, but none were trademarked. With those labels removed, the true manufacturer is difficult to determine. Conclusion: SOME of the green toothpicks may be old?
Authentically; the only known items produced in helios are the 4”-9” bowls. Marigold, purple, smoke and clambroth are additional colors known to have been produced by Imperial.

BEADED BULLSEYE Vase-7 in. in Marigold.
BEADED BULLSEYE Vase - 7 inch - Marigold.

BEADED BULLSEYE Vase:  Most examples are in the 8”-11” tall. Marigold and purple vases are said to be found more often than helios, smoke, amber, lime green, cobalt blue and green. However, we believe that marigold examples are fewer than purple vases! The shorter 6”-7” tall examples present the pattern with much less distortion! By clicking into Imperial Vases – Part 7,  you may investigate other colors/shapes in this pattern.

Dean & Diane Fry, Jan. 2015

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