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The Imperial Glass Corporation

The Imperial Glass Corporation

Although Imperial was established in 1901 in Bellaire, Ohio the company produced its first glass in 1904. At this time production of glass was limited to pressed glass items made for five and dime stores. As the Imperial Glass Company wares gained popularity many items were added to the line, including lamp shades, stretch glass, and pattern glass marked with the "Nucut" stamp. In 1929, Imperial was in bankruptcy, but due to a contract with Quaker Oats for a pattern similar to Cape Cod (to be given as a premium), Imperial was able to stay in business, and the company was reorganized under the name of The Imperial Glass Corporation. Cape Cod became Imperial's best selling pattern and stayed in the Imperial line until their closing. In 1936, Imperial introduced the Candlewick pattern which was and still is Imperial's most collected pattern. In 1940, Imperial was one of the major hand made glassware companies in the United States. During this time Imperial began purchasing other glass companies. Central Glass Works was the first of these acquisitions. They also purchased many of Heisey's molds when the company closed. During the 1950's White Milk Glass became popular and Imperial was one of the largest producers of pieces of white milk glass. In 1960, The Cambridge Glass Company was added to the list of companies purchased by Imperial. Because of these purchases they were able to add many of these companies' popular patterns to their glassware lines which increased their productivity. In 1972, Lenox Incorporated and Imperial arranged a stock exchange and began marking their glassware with the "LIG" backstamp. In 1982, Arthur Lorch purchased the company from Lenox and used a new "ALIG" backstamp on pieces produced. Later in the year, Lenox foreclosed on its note to Mr. Lorch and sold the company to Robert S. Stahl who filed for bankruptcy in an effort to reorganize the company. After this time a few pieces were produced with the NI (New Imperial) mark, but in spite of Mr Stahl's efforts, the company was closed in 1984. The brief history of Imperial was gathered from the book"Imperial Glass" by Margaret and Doug Archer. This book shows many catalog reprints from Imperial's early production period and is a must for any Imperial collector. Other must have books for the Imperial collector include: "Imperial's Boudoir, Etcetera..." By Myrna and Bob Garrison;" Candlewick" By Myrna and Bob Garrison; "Imperial Cape Cod"By Myrna and Bob Garrison; and "Imperial Carnival Glass Identification and Value Guide" By Carl O. Burns

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  1. Imperial  Reeded / Spun Stiegel Green 80 oz. Ice Lip  Pitcher

    Imperial Reeded / Spun Stiegel Green 80 oz. Ice Lip Pitcher

    Company Maker: Imperial Glass Company Pattern: Reeded / Spun Item: 80 oz. Ice Lip Pitcher Color: Stiegel Green (a deep teal color) Circa: 1930s We are pleased to offer for sale a beautiful Spun, or Reeded 80 oz. pitcher. The Reeded pattern was made by the Imperial Glass Company. The color is often referred to as teal, however, if you check the Imperial original catalogs you will find that Imperial called this color Stiegel Green. Imperial's teal is actually a much lighter green blue color. Production of the pattern began in the 1930s. This awesome pitcher or jug is in Undamaged Condition without chips, or cracks. It is free of disfiguring mold or production imperfections. The handle is flawlessly applied. POSTAGE AND INSURANCE ON THIS PRETTY ITEM IS CALCULATED. PLEASE REFER TO THE SHIPPING TAB IN THE LISTING. Learn More
    $69.99
  2. Imperial Atlantis Seashell #422 Antique Blue Cigarette / Trinket Box

    Imperial Atlantis Seashell #422 Antique Blue Cigarette / Trinket Box

    Company Maker: The Imperial Glass Company - Color / Line: Satinized Forget Me No t/ Antique Blue - Item: #422 Atlantis Trinket / Cigarette Box - Circa: Mid 1950s - Mark: Embossed with the IG Imperial Logo at the center of the bottom. The original Imperial Label is also inside one of the partitions of the box bottom. - Imperial Seashell Box Description / About: Atlantis Box and Lid: 2" H. - 9 1/4" L. - Condition: Our beautiful Imperial Forget-Me-Not Blue Covered Box is in Undamaged Condition without chips, cracks, or mold damage. The color is great. The raised shells are perfect. We cannot find much information about this item. It was made early to mid 1950s. We believe the color was Forget-Me-Not Blue, although the Antique Blue that the Cathey items were made in looks to be the same color. These boxes were originally sold as cigarette boxes but are often used today as jewelry or trinket boxes. They are the right size for this, and this one is perfect. As you can see from the photo it was probably never used. The original label is intact and it is not worn. It is still inside the dish. Learn More
    $89.99
  3. Imperial Candlewick Viennese Blue #400/240 Compote with Metal Foot

    Imperial Candlewick Viennese Blue #400/240 Compote with Metal Foot

    Company Maker: The Imperial Glass Company - Item: #400/240 Compote / Metal Stem - Pattern: Candlewick - Circa: 1937 - 1938 - Color: Viennese Blue. Candlewick in the Vinnese Blue Color was only made for one year. - Measurment: 5 1/4" H. - 5 1/2" W. - Item Condition: UNDAMAGED CONDITION without chips or cracks. This lovely piece is free of disfiguring mold or production imperfections. The blue color is beautiful. The metal stem is in perfect condition as well. Learn More
    $49.99
  4. Imperial Katy Blue / Laced Edge Large Cake Plate / Salver

    Imperial Katy Blue / Laced Edge Large Cake Plate / Salver

    Company Maker: Imperial Glass Company - Item: Cake Plate / Salver - Pattern: Katy Blue - Color: Blue Opalescent - Circa: 1930s - Description / About: Cake Plate / Salver - 12 1/2" D. Item Condition: Our hard to find 12 1/2" Katy Blue cake plate is in Undamaged Condition without chips or cracks. It is free of disfiguring mold or production imperfections. This stunning cake plate has great color and opalescence. For some reason the opalescence does not show up as well as it is on the actual plate. We have double checked all of the lace edging and have found it to be crack free. Learn More
    $79.99
  5. Imperial Ultramarine Decanter - Used with Jeannette Jenny Ware

    Imperial Ultramarine Decanter - Used with Jeannette Jenny Ware

    Company Maker: Imperial Glass Company - Item: Decanter (used with Jenny Ware) - Color: Ultramarine - Circa: 1940s - Measurement: 11" H. - 5" W. - Condition: We are pleased to offer a really pretty ultramarine colored decanter. This decanter was made by the Imperial Glass Company. It can be found in ultramarine and in a deeper blue color.The ultramarine colored decanter matches Jeannette's Jenny Ware so closely that many people use it with the set. Jeannette's ultramarine color varied and so does Imperial's. These decanters can be found in a nice light ultramarine color like the one we have here, or in a greener version just like the greener Jenny Ware. This lovely bottle is in Undamaged Condition without chips, cracks, or mold damage. The pattern on the decanter is well defined. The bottle is nice and clean inside without residue. Whether you are using this bottle to go with your barware or to display with your kitchen items it is a nice find. Learn More
    $69.99

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