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Meeting Highlights & Program

 

September 2011

 

Jim and Bev offered a program of rare and unusual Cape Cod pieces.  Imperial produced Cape Cod from 1931 to 1984, primarily in crystal.  When introduced, it saved Imperial from bankruptcy and eventually became the second-largest Imperial pattern (behind Candlewick).  Imperial created over 300 pieces of Cape Cod during its long run.  The pattern has three primary characteristics that are visible on almost all pieces:  large thumbprints (ovals), large diamonds, and a band of small diamond points.
 
Bev’s presentation covered broad themes related to the beautiful pieces on display.  She first described the ruby stain process used on Imperial’s Cape Cod pieces.  (Ruby stain is a decorating process created in the 1800s in which paint is added to glass and then the piece is fired again.  Bev compared it to ruby flash, which is a manufacturing process created in the 1400s.)  Bev shared several pieces of ruby stain, including a powder box and cologne bottle, as well as a few pieces of yellow stain.
 
Next up was Cape Cod paired with metal or wood.  Bev highlighted a twin server with covered milk glass jars on a metal rack, a perfume and dauber (made from a Cape Cod shaker) in a metal base, and a cruet set in a wooden rack.
 
Bev turned to private mold customers and she explained that research and information in this area is sketchy at best.  Highlights included a Verde Green candleholder created for a party plan in 1977, iridescent oil and vinegar bottles created for Levay in 1977, a dresser lamp fashioned out of a butter pat and jelly dish (probably made for Midwest Chandelier), and a table lamp crafted from a footed flip vase.
 
Bev provided an amazingly informative section on Cape Cod pieces in color, giving years of production for each color:
  • Ritz Blue (1932-1937)
  • Ruby (1932-1937)
  • Milk Glass (1950-1955)
  • Evergreen (1953-1955)
  • Bronze Brown (1963)
  • Antique Blue (1964-1972)
  • Azalea (1964-1972)
  • Amber (1969-1971)
  • Verde Green (1969-1976)
  • Sunshine Yellow (1974-1975)
  • Fern Green (1976-1977)
  • Ultra Blue (1976-1977)
 
Bev also shared a few interesting pieces with parts that were marketed with both Cape Cod and with Candlewick, such as the hurricane lamp with a shade that was used by both patterns, and an oblong butterdish with a Cape Cod bottom and a Candlewick top.
 
The final section of the program covered reproductions (which were not made for malicious reasons).  Fenton produced an oblong butter for Tiara in 1992 in Imperial Blue.  L.E. Smith produced a partitioned handled spider in Vintage Blue for Tiara from 1993 to 1995.  Bev highlighted a nut cup that was crafted from a mustard jar bottom and produced by Boyd in 1998 in light blue slag as a commemorative piece in honor of the 50th anniversary of Bob and Myrna Garrison (noted Imperial Glass authors).  Indiana Glass Company owned the mold that was used and later presented it to the Garrisons as a gift.

Learn more about Imperial glass at the National Imperial Glass Collector's Society web site.

 

 

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Show & Tell

Club members brought the following treasures for Show and Tell!  Here are some highlights from this meeting.  Descriptions of each treasure is found below the pictures using the corresponding number.

 

 

1.
Fenton Plum Opalescent syrup, made between 1959 and 1962.
2.
Goebel Red Heads, “1-2-Ski-Doo” and “Nothing Beats a Pizza”, designed by Charlotte Byj.
3.

On the left is a Shawnee Corn King cereal bowl.

On the right is a Fostoria crystal Meadow Rose etched Baroque tricorner handled bowl, made between 1936 and 1982.

4.
Roseville blue Apple Blossom vase, rose bowl, and single candleholders.
5.
Blue Sandwich egg tray from an unknown manufacturer.
6.
Morgantown Stiegel Green Yale goblet and Ruby Yale champagne, circa 1932.
7.
Tall pink vase, marked “Made in France” and pink Whitehall single candleholders.
8.
Fenton pink finger lamps.