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Imperial Glass

A beauty of Bellaire, Ohio, the Imperial Glass Company enjoyed more than 70 years as one of America's most popular glassmakers. From its humble beginnings in 1901 to its pinnacle of prestige in the '50s, Imperial Glass Company succeeded in garnering generations of supporters.

Initially established as the "New Crystal Glass Company" in 1901 by J. N. Vance, Imperial Glass targeted its first years of production toward utilitarian vessels such as jelly jars or simple tumblers rendered in an imitation cut glass style. As the years progressed, Imperial found particular strength in its ability to respond to the desires of consumers. Recognizing the popularity of carnival glass by the dawn of the 1910s, for example, Imperial generated its own line. They also continued to create high quality imitation cut glass pieces, cornering the market on those who admired the higher-end designs of companies like Tiffany Studios but couldn't cut the cost.

One of Imperial's greatest successes was the Candlewick pattern, which debuted in 1936. Featuring streamlined contours accented with edges dotted with small beads of color glass, the Candlewick pattern proved so popular that it rivaled some of the other best-selling styles of the day and also ushered in a number of imitators. Though Imperial fell on dark times by the '70s, the legacy of their most successful patterns continues to be firmly ensconced among American audiences.


Quick Facts

  • The Imperial Glass Company is honored today by a museum sited on the spot of the facility's original location in Bellaire, Ohio
  • Earl Newton, who took over the helm of Imperial around 1911, was driven to see Imperial succeed, seeking out new approaches and business relationships to promote their glass pieces. An example of this dedication was the deal he struck with Quaker Oats to offer pieces of Imperial's higher-end Cape Cod pattern along with the food company’s production
  • One of Imperial's most experimental lines was known as Free Hand, developed in the '20s in response to the growing trend of iridescent art glass. Though these pieces are striking, they never proved popular among consumers. The line was discontinued quickly, making these pieces some of the rarest today

Recommended Items at Auction

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IMPERIAL CANDLEWICK 4 PART RELISH DISH
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
IMPERIAL CANDLEWICK 4 PART RELISH DISH
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $25- $45
$50 Bids
IMPERIAL LUSTER ROSE FOOTED CONSOLE BOWL
Oct 08, 9:00 AM CDT
IMPERIAL LUSTER ROSE FOOTED CONSOLE BOWL
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $35- $65
$150 Bids
IMPERIAL FREE HAND LOOP ART GLASS VASE,
Oct 14, 9:00 AM EDT
IMPERIAL FREE HAND LOOP ART GLASS VASE,
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $100- $200
$500 Bids
An Imperial Glass Company Chicken Candy Dish Top
Oct 08, 1:00 PM EDT
An Imperial Glass Company Chicken Candy Dish Top
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $25- $250
$250 Bids
IMPERIAL FREE HAND HEART AND VINE ART GLASS VASE,
Oct 14, 9:00 AM EDT
IMPERIAL FREE HAND HEART AND VINE ART GLASS VASE,
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
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A Pair of Russian Cobalt Cut to Clear Glass Urns Attributed the Imperial Glass F
Oct 13, 10:00 AM CDT
A Pair of Russian Cobalt Cut to Clear Glass Urns Attributed the Imperial Glass F
by Heritage Auctions
Est: $600- $800
$3000 Bids
A collection of 6 vintage Imperial bell weights biggest ( 9 ounce) .
Oct 14, 9:30 AM BST
A collection of 6 vintage Imperial bell weights biggest ( 9 ounce) .
by Hannam's Auctioneers
Est: £20- £30
£40 Bids
A PAIR OF IMPERIAL FABERGE CHAMPAGNE COUPS
Oct 09, 2:00 PM PDT
A PAIR OF IMPERIAL FABERGE CHAMPAGNE COUPS
by Louvre Antique Auction
Est: $500- $600
$4000 Bids
Imperial Glass Puffy Bowl with Rose Decoration
Oct 13, 11:00 AM EDT
Imperial Glass Puffy Bowl with Rose Decoration
by Bodnar's Auction Sales
Est: $50- $100
$100 Bids
An Imperial Steel Enamel Pot/Container
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
An Imperial Steel Enamel Pot/Container
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $45- $450
$450 Bids
A Firemark Insurance Imperial Sign
Oct 09, 1:00 PM EDT
A Firemark Insurance Imperial Sign
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $125- $1,250
$1250 Bids
An Imperial Glass Swan
Oct 08, 1:00 PM EDT
An Imperial Glass Swan
by Designer Homes of Central Florida
Est: $60- $600
$600 Bids
IMPERIAL FREE HAND HEART AND VINE ART GLASS ATOMIZER,
Oct 14, 9:00 AM EDT
IMPERIAL FREE HAND HEART AND VINE ART GLASS ATOMIZER,
by Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
Est: $200- $300
$1000 Bids
Vintage Imperial Glass Milk Glass Lace Edge Buttons and Cane Bowl 5.5 Diameter, EC
Oct 12, 6:00 PM EDT
Vintage Imperial Glass Milk Glass Lace Edge Buttons and Cane Bowl 5.5 Diameter, EC
by Homestead Auctions
Est: $0- $0
$50 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Imperial Glass


Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates

Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates

Dees Auction Company,LLC

Dees Auction Company,LLC

Bodnar's Auction Sales

Bodnar's Auction Sales