Imperial Glass was founded in 1901, in Bellaire, Ohio, by J. N. Vance. They were first known as the New Crystal Glass Company, a name that lasted for less than a year. They produced hand made art glass, Carnival glass, milk glass, pressed glass, tableware, and much more.
In 1909, they introduced their first line of Carnival glass, known as Rubigold. It was a popular selling design until it was discontinued in the late 1920’s.
In 1922, they introduced Nucut and Nuart lines, cut glassware that imitated Tiffany glass.
In 1923, they released the Free Hand line, expensive art glass that came in many different colors that was designed by art glass experts from the Netherlands.
In 1931, they filed for bankruptcy and then reorganized that same year in August as the Imperial Glass Corporation. Earl Newton was the company’s first president.
In 1936, they introduced their most popular line ever, Candlewick, designed by Carl W. Gustkey. These pieces were usually clear and colorless, with small decorative glass beads around the edges. There were over 200 pieces in the Candlewick line and they were made thru the 1950’s.
During the 1950’s they introduced the Cape Cod line. No. 160 of the Cape Cod line was distributed by Quaker Oats as giveaways and are highly sought after by collectors today.
In the 1970’s, with glass collecting becoming popular again, they started to produce Carnival glass again. They purchased glass molds from companies that were closing, including Cambridge Glass, Central Glass and Heisey Glass.
In 1973, they became a subsidiary of Lenox and then purchased by Arthur Lorch in 1981. It was sold a year later in 1982 to Robert Stahl, went bankrupt in 1984 and the molds and other assets sold in 1985.
Imperial Glass Marks
Imperial Iron Cross – the word Imperial is divided into 4 parts – IM, PE, RI and AL
NUCUT – on early pressed glass
Imperial Glass Patterns, Designs
Candlewick – one of the most popular patterns
Imperial Jewels (1916)
Rubigold – known as marigold today
Satin Iridescent Colors
Star Holly (1951)
Popular Imperial Glass
Bowls – finger bowl
Imperial Glass Value, Price Guide
High $ – Mid $$$