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Antique Glassware Imperial Carnival Glass

Updated on November 8, 2008

Imperial Glassware

Imperial Glass Company originated in 1901 but it was not until 1904 that they actually started to make glass. They introduced Carnival Glass five years later. Some of the first iridized pieces made were Peacock, Sapphire and Nuruby. These blown lead lustre pieces sold in the masses all across America as well as Europe for the next decade.

The quality of Imperial Glass is thought by some to be ranked second only to the Millersburg Glass Company and ranked equal to the Northwood Company. Fenton is the only other glass maker that produced more recognized patterns than Imperial did.

In 1929 Imperial began what they called the machine glass era and produced its fair share of what we know today as depression glass. During the 1960's Imperial revived some of their older molds and reproduced many of the old iridized patterns as well as a few new ones. Some loyal Carnival Glass collectors refer to this time as "Carnival Glass Fever"

Some of the best pieces ever made by Imperial were made during their earlier years. Here are some pictures of these prized pieces.

Early Pieces Of Imperial Carnival Glass

Poinsettia is the name of this pattern and can only be found in this shape. You can find this pattern in marigold or smoke color but purple like this is rare. Green is also hard to find.
Poinsettia is the name of this pattern and can only be found in this shape. You can find this pattern in marigold or smoke color but purple like this is rare. Green is also hard to find.
This pattern is called Star and Fan. The vases stand 9 1/2" tall.
This pattern is called Star and Fan. The vases stand 9 1/2" tall.
This is called Tiger Lily and this one is my favorite. Water sets were the only pieces made for this pattern. Colors are marigold, green, and purple. Reproductions have been made in pastel colors.
This is called Tiger Lily and this one is my favorite. Water sets were the only pieces made for this pattern. Colors are marigold, green, and purple. Reproductions have been made in pastel colors.
This one is Chatelaine and is another rare piece from Imperial.
This one is Chatelaine and is another rare piece from Imperial.
This is called Star of David and was only made in small quantities. Marigold, purple and smoke are the other colors that this can be found in.
This is called Star of David and was only made in small quantities. Marigold, purple and smoke are the other colors that this can be found in.

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      Alam 

      3 years ago

      Please leave your personal inmoafrtion such as name, e-mail, contact tel number, occupation and why interested in the glass activity to . I think it is better to not to expose your inmoafrtion publicly.

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      DEB 

      7 years ago

      I HAVE VERY RARE 10"TALL 4"ACROSS MARIE 3"BOTTOM AND I WISH TO SELL IT. I KNOW IN 2010 2 WENT FOR $8,700 EACH. IF ANY ONE KNOWS WERE THEY WERE SOLD AT PLEASE EMAIL ME AT debgardner55@yahoo.com THANKYOU

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      Amanda 

      7 years ago

      Hi! I'm a teen, and I have an unuasual love (for teenagers that is) for antiques. I have been hearing people pay through the nose to get some of these things, but alot of them my grandma has right in her house! My grandma has inspired me to learn more about antiques, and i wish I could learn more from her before she's gone.

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      A Nichols 

      8 years ago

      I happen to be in ownership of a rarely seen Chatelaine pitcher and (1) one tumbler (circa 1913) Will be showing for auction in the near future. I am not a collector,(inherited the pieces) and would appreciate any information about the auctioning off of such rare and hard to find pieces,

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      Julianna 

      9 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I have many pieces of carnival glass as some have came from family and others I just chose to purchase, however I love and each and everyone and thank you for giving us the history.:)

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