Imperial Patterns & Colors
Amber - (1920s-1984) Imperial made a very large line of Amber Glassware. During the Depression Era many of Imperial's patterns and etchings are found on amber colored glassware. Pieces from this time peroid were not marked and must be identified from catalog reprints and known Imperial patterns. The largest line of amber which included boxes, candies, mini-lamps, compotes, cakestands and numerous other pieces was made in the 1960s and 70s. These pieces will be marked with the Imperial backstamp shown above. Throughout the years Imperial made pieces in their major patterns in amber. Cape Cod. Fancy Colonial, Chesterfield, Twisted Optic, and Diamond Quilted are a examples of some of the patterns with amber pieces available. Amber continued in the line until Imperial closed its doors. Most of the later items were stemware and tumblers.
Beaded Block - (1927-1930s)(Late 1950-Early 80s) (Amber, Crystal, Green, Green Opalescent, Pink, Iridescent Crystal, Iridescent Marigold, Iridescent Pink, Ice Blue, Blue Opalescent, Ruby, Canary, Canary Opalescent, White Milk Glass)

Imperial made a very large line of of this beautiful pattern starting in the late 1920s. The early pieces were not marked with the IG mark. White Milk items were made during the Depression Era (these items will not be marked). Pieces of WMG made in the early 1950s do bear the IG mark. In the early 1970s Beaded Block was reissued in pink and pink iridescent. All items made during this time period are marked. This beautiful block style pattern has been popular for over 80 years and many collectors are seeking it today.

Candlewick - (1936-1984) Candlewick is the most popular pattern that Imperial made. More pieces were produced in this pattern than in any other Imperial pattern produced. Candlewick was made for almost 50 years and found its way into many homes. Candlewick was primarily produced in crystal, but some pieces were made in colors. For a complete listing of pieces you will want to purchase "Candlewick the Jewel of Imperial Book 11" by Mary M. Wetzel-Tomalka
Imperial Candlewick Cuttings and Etchings

Canadian Wreath and Canadian Wreath Variation - (Late 1930s) Candlewick was vey popular and many cuttings and etchings can be found on the Candlewick blanks. Canadian Wreath was one of the earlier cuttings done on Candlewick blanks. This pattern has a sawtooth cutting band which runs around the pieces. There is a series of round dots below.

Starlight / Grey Stars (cut) (1937-1961) This fantastic pattern was intoduced by Imperial in the 1930s as Star Cut. From 1943-1948 the pattern was called Grey Star. Starlight and Grey Star had 6 to 8 points on the stars. Six pointed stars are found more often then eight pointed stars. Later the name was changed back to Starlight (the name we use today). Today both cuttings are mixed because there is very little difference between the two styles of stars. This lovely cutting can be found in a complete dinnerware service. Finding pieces to add to a collection is a challenge, but the results are well worth the effort.

Cape Cod - (1931-1984) Cape Cod actually got its start in 1931, when the Quaker Oats Company contracted with Imperial to make a wafer stem as a give away in boxes of Quaker Oats. On March 22 of 1932 Cape Cod was patented by Earl W. Newton who designed the Cape Cod design. There are more then 100 pieces of the Cape Cod design. Most Cape Cod is crystal , but it can be found in other colors. The 1930s colors include Ruby, Ritz Blue (cobalt blue) and Amber. Other colors were produced in the 1960s. They include Antique Blue, Azalea, Amber and Verde Green. In 1969 and 1971 several different Cape Cod pieces were made in Amberglow and Azelia, Verde and Crystal. In 1974 and 1975 Amberglow became Sunshine Yellow. In the early to mid 60s a cigarette lighter was made in Black, Purple Slag, Ruby, and Milk Glass. Some White Milk Glass pieces such as the cookie jar have been found and are believed to have been made in the early 1950s. Imperial closed in 1984 and Cape Cod ceased to be produced.

Collecting this pattern is fun, because of the abundance of pieces availble. If you collect crystal this is one pattern that can be found in a moderate price range.

Caramel Slag-(1960 to 1980s)

Caramel Slag was one of Imperial's most popular colors. This color was made from the 60s until the 1980s. We have original catalog reprints from this time period to confirm this. There are an abundance of pieces avaiable in this color which makes collecting pieces of this color a lot of fun. Most pieces of this color are marked with the Imperial IG backstamp but some pieces are found without the mark.

To see catalog reprints of Caramel Slag please click this link.

To see some pieces of Imperial's caramel slag that we have owned please click here.

Early American Hobnail - Imperial produced This lovely "Hobnail" pattern during the Depression Era. There were about a twenty different pieces available Accessory pieces included items such as vases and vanity sets. This pattern came in crystal, moonstone, pink, green, amber, ritz blue and ruby. As far as I know this set was sold as a luncheon set only and did not have a dinner plate to go with it. Pitchers and tumblers are among items sought after by today's collectors.

Horizon Blue Carnival (1980)- This beautiful color was produced when Lenox had a controling interest in Imperial. The backstamp reflects this and these pieces have the Imperial backstamp with an "L" added . This lovely color was duplicated on many of the same molds used for Imperial's earlier colors (including slag glass). In the 1980s catalog, "Imperial Glass By Lenox" there is a list and pictures of 22 different pieces that were made in this beautiful color. This color was no longer listed by 1982, so pieces in this color are not easy to find. Imperial did not survive for very long after Lenox took over. In 1984, the plant was closed.

To see a catalog reprint of the pieces made in this color please click on this link.

Laced Edge, Katy (#7499) - (Early 1930s-Crystal, Blue Opalescent, Blue, Green Opalescent, Green) (Amber, Crystal, Blue, ,Green, Forest Green, Orange, Red, WMG, Other Colors) Katy or Laced Edge was produced by the Imperial Glass Company. This pattern is one of the most collected Depression Glass patterns made by Imperial. Katy is most popular in the Opalescent Blue and Opalescent Green colors, but other colors are also sought after. Katy pieces were hand-made and like pieces sometimes vary in size depending on the way a bowl was crimped or pulled. Imperial's early 1930's catalogs show Laced Edge pieces. Our later catalogs from the 60s and 70s do not list any of the Katy pieces so we know it was discontinued by that time. Katy is a fairly difficult set to complete. Some of the hardest to find Katy items include the basket bowl and the large vase or rose bowl.
Purple Slag - Purple Slag was one of Imperial's most popular colors in the 1960s. Production of Purple Slag began as early as 1966. At this time 33 items were being offered for sale in the Imperial Glass catalog. By 1975 Purple Slag was absent from the Imperial catalogs. The 1966 catalog advertises purple slag as being Circa 1850. I assume this means that many of the molds, or perhaps the purple slag color was reproduced from this time period.
Red Slag - Red Slag was produced by Imperial in the 1970s. We have a great catalog from 1975-76 which pictures many of the items made in Red Slag. Imperial referred to this glass as "End O'Day Ruby." It was advertised: "The ultimate in slag is this combination of bright Ruby Glass with White Milk Glass." In 1975 Imperial was offering 25 different pieces in Red Slag. Other red slag pieces were also made during the 70s.
Twisted Optic - Imperial produced this pretty Depression Era pattern. It is as far as I can determine this is the the more extensive patterns produced in the Depression Era with a Spiral design. A complete dinnerware service is available in the Twisted Optic patten. This pattern has dinner plates and stemware in any size you can imagine. Twisted Optic also offered other items to go with their sets such as the Vanity Set we have pictured here. This pretty pattern came amber, in pink, and green. This pattern is simply awesome because of its simplicity and its versatality.