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Imperial Vases - Part 2
IMPERIAL VASES - Part 2
FILE: Known as Imperial's #256 pattern during the non-iridized crystal production period, early factory catalogs list 22 different shapes. During the carnival glass era the number of known shapes are more limited. These cute little whimsey vases, some shaped from the base mold for the covered sugar; others from the spooner mold are really pretty scarce items. Ruffled, crimped, having a corseted shape or fashioned as a tiny spittoon, they always seem to be marigold in color.
OCTAGON: This pedestal-footed vase is quite scarce and is found in marigold and clambroth only. One of those items not often seen (another rare-so-what), these will usually bring less than $200 in either color! Obvious indication of indifference厖..sad but true.
FISHNET: is the background design used for each of these six-inch vases. One offers a grape design overlay, one has a rose, and the other displays a poppy. They are rare enough to cause bidding of some significant prices when they appear. 揢nusual?is a good general term in describing them. Attributed to Imperial as the maker, it is possible that they came on the scene as competition for the myriad of shapes and patterns being produced by Fenton to promote red carnival glass during the `twenties. Certainly the 1927 catalog ad would lend some credence to that theory.
FLUTE: Fenton, Northwood and Millersburg each made a version of this design. The most distinguishing facet found in the Imperial Flute Vases is the eight top scallops, one for each flute. There are five saw-teeth on each of the scallops around the top edge. More open, pronounced scallops are found on Flute vases produced by the other manufacturers.
A couple of different two-part molds were used for these vases. One is 3 1/2?in diameter, with the 24 point star. The other is slightly less than 2 ¾?with a hexagonal type 24-point star. Heights can range from 6 ½?- 11 ½?
Clambroth, Marigold, Purple and Blue are the known colors. Only 2-3 are reported in blue.
LOGANBERRY: Colors of marigold, purple, helios, emerald, amber, and smoke are available in the vintage vases. With exception of an amber vase having a 揻lared?top, and one in purple having a ball-shaped top, these 10?vases have the type of opening seen on the amber example pictured here.
The top seen on the smoke example could prove to be the variation offered on the 1960s-1970s versions. Noted to have no mark on the bottom. However, the 揷lever ones?will have, in many cases, ground that IG trademark off, either polishing the spot, or leaving a somewhat sandy finish in the center of the bottom. Colors of reproductions: marigold, smoke, helios and white.
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