Candlewick seems to pose the biggest problem among collectors.
Actually the possibility exists that you could find a piece
in almost any color that Imperial made while they produced Candlewick. They could have done trials, made a special
color piece as a gift to a special person, had a special order for
a specific color or any number of other things.
These, however, would not have been production items and therefore
would not have been recorded in catalogs or price lists.
What we are going to discuss here are the
early colors of Ruby, Ritz Blue, Viennese Blue and, although crystal
is not a color, we will include it.
When the 3400 stemware line was introduced
in 1937, the plain crystal ones were touted as being made of lead
glass. This notation continued until the early forties
and then disappeared. I don"t
know whether they went to a lime base then or just decided that the
lead glass advertising was not necessary.
Eleven different sizes of the 3400 line stems were made with
Ruby bowls with crystal stem and foot in 1937.
I have found no indication that these were made with Ritz Blue
bowls at this time, but they do appear in a January 1, 1942 price
list in Ritz Blue and Ruby in eleven different stems.
The production of these color combinations apparently ceased
in 1942 because the January 1, 1943 price list does not show anything
except crystal being made in the 3400 stem line.
Production of at least parts of the 3400 line continued in
crystal, and of course several colors during the Lenox years, until
the early 1980"s.
The 3800 stemware line was introduced in
late 1937 with a January 1, 1938 price list showing it being made with
a Ruby bowl and crystal stem and foot,
only, in ten different stems. An
August 1938 price list shows that nine different items were being made,
the claret being eliminated, in both Ruby and Ritz Blue.
You would think that crystal would have been made also, and perhaps
it was, but it doesn"t list the 3800 line under crystal Candlewick
in either of the above price lists.
It may be that some information is missing.
It does show up in the "A" catalog which was supposedly
printed in 1939 and a 1941 price list, however.
The January 1, 1942 price list shows eleven different stems still
being made in Ruby and Ritz Blue. As
of January 1, 1943 these color combinations were discontinued and only
crystal was shown to be available in the 1943 price list.
For all practical purposes this was the end of the 3800 stemware
line and so with it the color combinations.
Imperial produced several items, other than
stemware, in Ruby. The production
of these items probably began in late 1936 as they are listed on a January
1, 1937 price list. The items
I am going to list were production items although other items have shown
up in this color. Made were
10/400/62D 8 1/2" two handled Plate
10/400/62B 7" two handled Bowl
10/400/74B 8 1/2" four-toed Nappy
10/400/74SC 9" four-toed
10/400/67B 9" footed Bowl
The latter three items are, of course, the
joint mould items with the ribs that I discussed in the piece I did
for the October 1993 issue of the GLASSZETTE. (For those of you who
are wondering about the prefix 10 associated with these numbers, it
is the color code for Ruby.) This
production was apparently short lived as it only appears on one other
price list, the January 1, 1938.
This price list has a circle drawn around these a some other
Ruby articles and is marked "OUT". None of the items appear in the 1939 price
Number 80, Viennese Blue is another color
that had it"s beginning in Candlewick in late 1936. The Candlewick pieces first appear on a list of assortments made
for Seller-Lowengart Co. on December 12, 1936.
The following twelve pieces are listed:
80/400/13F 10" Nappy
80/400/31 Sugar & Cream set
80/400/40 Three piece Mayo set
80/400/62E 8 1/2" two handled Tray
80/400/67B 9" footed Bowl
80/400/67D 10" Cake Salver
80/400/74B 8 1/2" four-toed Bowl
80/400/74SC 9" four-toed
80/400/88 Cheese & Cracker set
80/400/87F 8" Vase
80/400/81 3 1/2" Candlestick
In February of 1937 a list of assortments was
made up for Carson, Parie, Scott and Co. in the "80/400/100"
designation or Viennese Blue Candlewick with cut #100 (aka: gray dots). The following pieces are listed:
8 1/2" two handled
Bowl 80/400/72D/100 10" two handled Plate
1/2" four-toed Nappy
7" four-toed Lily Bowl
& Cracker set
Dozens of other pieces were made in No. 80.
This was a short lived color in Candlewick, probably about
two years, but Viennese Blue was continued in other Imperial lines
for quite some time.
above was originally part of "THE "NEW" IMPERIAL CANDLEWICK
LINE INTRODUCED AT THE 1936 WHEELING CENTENNIAL" article that appeared
in the October 1993 Glasszette. This
portion was "edited out" due to lack of space.
Kolb is a glass historian who lives in St. Clairsville, Ohio. He not only collects glass, but just about
any piece of paper that has a glass company name on it! Willard was
the banquet speaker at the 1992 NIGCS Convention.
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