of Importance for Imperial and Its Trademarks
PLEASE NOTE: When
filing for registration of a mark, it's required to state on the application
when the mark was first put into use. When one desires to suggest a
time frame for usage, it's this initial date one should go by, NOT the
date when the application was filed or the date registration approval
was granted. These latter dates, which have been included below, are
to confirm that Imperial did, in fact, secure registration.
On November 7, 1901 affidavits were filed with the Secretary
of State of West Virginia for incorporation of the Imperial
Glass Company. On Nov. 14, 1901 incorporation was approved.
On December 19, 1901 corporation papers were filed in Ohio
County Court House. (Book #5, Folio 132)
Actual production commenced with Furnace #1 being fired
up for production on January 27, 1904. Furnace #2 was fired
up for production March 24, 1904.
Date - No record of application or granting approval has been
found at the U.S. Unknown Patent Office for the NUART mark,
so it's unknown if Imperial applied for actual mark registration.
This graphic design appears in advertising and catalogs. Items
are marked only with simple NUART lettering. The NUART letters
appear on iridized light shades and also on items from Imperial's
early Iridescent Art Glass line.
On the registration application for the NUCUT mark, Imperial
claimed to have been using this mark as early as 1911. The application
was filed March 17, 1913 and approval was granted on September
15, 1914. (#99,747) Only the basic NUCUT design with 'tail' appears
marked on glass. The word 'trade mark' on the 'tail' appears in
advertising and catalogs. The NUCUT mark was removed from all
- On the registration applications, the Company stated these
two marks had been in use since August 5, 1913. From all
accounts, the marks appear to have been used in combination. Registration
Approvals were granted on June 2, 1914.
2 lines intersecting at 90 degree angles with arrowhead points
at each end (#97,422).
IM PE RI AL broken into 4 parts (#97,423).
When registering for the 'Double I' ( 'Iron Cross' ) mark, the
Company stated it had been in use since January 12, 1914. Application
was filed on February 18, 1914, and approval was granted by the
US Patent Office September 15, 1914. (#99,748)
Unknown - Application
was filed on May 19, 1920 for the 'Iron Cross' and Unknown 'IM
PE RI AL' used in combination. Approval was granted on August
16, 1921. This mark was in use sometime prior to the date of filing
the application. The Company ceased using this mark in the late
1920's. NOTE: Although unconfirmed as a possible initial date
of usage, Imperial may have combined the registered 'Double I'
with a variation of the IMPERIAL letters used in 1913 and registered
in 1914 (see prior entries). If so, this new mark may have replaced
the earlier version and been put into use as early as sometime
- The FREE HAND mark was first used on December 4,
1923. Although the labels used included 'Made in USA' around
bottom of the circle and the 'Iron Cross' mark appearing in the
center, Imperial only registered the basic 'FREE HAND' mark design
on February 19, 1924. NOTE: The 'ruffled' outer edge was done in
a free hand style and not meant to be consistant.
Facing bankruptcy, the Imperial Glass Company sought to re-organized.
Instead, the property and assets were ordered to be sold at auction
on July 21, 1931. It was J. Ralph Boyd (Secretary-Treasurer of
the Imperial Glass Company) who was the sole bidder. The 'new'
company officially became the Imperial Glass Corporation on
August 6, 1931.
Registration approval was granted on December 3, 1942 for the
basic design of the 'Imperial' with the champagne glass trademark
(#392,737). Carl W. Gustkey is generally credited with coming
up with the design. He became Imperial's 6th president in January,
1940 and the now familiar logo was put into use sometime during
that year. Over time, the basic logo often included the words
" Hand Made', Hand Crafted', or 'Hand Finished'.
records show Imperial stated it had initially used this mark on
Milk Glass items produced after February 1, 1951. It was
registered with the US Patent Office March 17, 1953. It's referred
to as 'I super- imposed over the G' or simply 'IG'.
December 26, 1972, stockholders voted to sell the Company to the
Lenox Corporation. Official new ownership commenced January 1,
1973. The Company first began using this mark in June 1977.
Registration application was made July 11, 1978. The 'LIG'
was in use until June 26, 1981. (see next entry)
Transfer of Ownership from Lenox to Arthur Lorch was June 1, 1981.
The last date the 'LIG' could be used was June 26, 1981, according
to the sales agreement. Items produced that day were marked with
the 'LIG', dated 6-26-81 and accompanied by a Certificate
of Authenticity signed by Lucile Kennedy. Two items produced that
day were the 'Minuet Girl' (former Heisey mould) and the 'Dresden
Doll' (former Cambridge mould). The 'ALIG' mark was in
use until September 1983.
At some point in late 1982, following Lenox's foreclosure on Arthur
Lorch, Robert Stahl took over running the company.
After September 1983, in the hopes of revitalizing the company,
the 'NI' mark was created, to stand for 'New Imperial'. Very
few moulds ever received this new mark.
Official date of final production was June 15, 1984. This
date (6-15-84) appears marked on the #147 4 1/2" Swan Whimsey
Mint (made in crystal) which was the LAST item produced.
November 21, 1984 the company was sold to Consolidated International
and Lancaster Colony in a joint venture for liquidation.
Factory Building was purchased by Mrs. Anna Maroon in March
Imperial Factory building was razed in June/July 1995.
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