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

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ELEGANT IMPERIAL CANDLEWICK DOUBLE LIGHT CANDLE HOLDERS
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ELEGANT IMPERIAL CANDLEWICK SINGLE LIGHT CANDLE HOLDERS
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ELEGANT IMPERIAL CANDLEWICK SINGLE LIGHT CANDLE HOLDERS
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Oct 23, 9:00 AM CDT
4 ELEGANT IMPERIAL CANDLEWICK JUICE TUMBLERS
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Est: $35- $65
$100 Bids
4 ELEGANT IMPERIAL CANDLEWICK TUMBLERS
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4 ELEGANT IMPERIAL CANDLEWICK TUMBLERS
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Est: $45- $85
$150 Bids
3 ELEGANT IMPERIAL CANDLEWICK TUMBLERS
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3 ELEGANT IMPERIAL CANDLEWICK TUMBLERS
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4 ELEGANT IMPERIAL CANDLEWICK COASTERS
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4 ELEGANT IMPERIAL CANDLEWICK CUP & SAUCERS
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4 ELEGANT IMPERIAL CANDLEWICK CUP & SAUCERS
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Est: $45- $85
$150 Bids
4 ELEGANT IMPERIAL CANDLEWICK OFF CENTER PLATES
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4 ELEGANT IMPERIAL CANDLEWICK OFF CENTER PLATES
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Est: $35- $65
$100 Bids
ELEGANT IMPERIAL CANDLEWICK LARGE BOWL
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ELEGANT IMPERIAL CANDLEWICK LARGE BOWL
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Est: $35- $65
$100 Bids
ELEGANT IMPERIAL CANDLEWICK OVAL VEGETABLE BOWL
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ELEGANT IMPERIAL CANDLEWICK OVAL VEGETABLE BOWL
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Est: $25- $45
$50 Bids
ELEGANT IMPERIAL CANDLEWICK 4 PART RELISH DISH
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ELEGANT IMPERIAL CANDLEWICK 4 PART RELISH DISH
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Est: $25- $45
$50 Bids
ELEGANT IMPERIAL CANDLEWICK HEART SHAPE DISH ONE HANDLE
Oct 23, 9:00 AM CDT
ELEGANT IMPERIAL CANDLEWICK HEART SHAPE DISH ONE HANDLE
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Est: $25- $45
$50 Bids
IMPERIAL CANDLEWICK DINNER PLATE
Oct 23, 9:00 AM CDT
IMPERIAL CANDLEWICK DINNER PLATE
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Est: $35- $65
$100 Bids
4 IMPERIAL CAPE COD SHERBERTS
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4 IMPERIAL CAPE COD SHERBERTS
by Dees Auction Company,LLC
Est: $25- $45
$50 Bids
IMPERIAL CAPE COD ICE TEA PITCHER
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IMPERIAL CAPE COD ICE TEA PITCHER
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Est: $45- $85
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Vintage Imperial Candlewick Glass Punch Set
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Vintage Imperial Candlewick Glass Punch Set
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Sellers Who Sell Imperial Glass


Dees Auction Company,LLC

Dees Auction Company,LLC

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Designer Homes of Central Florida

Mebane Antique Auction

Mebane Antique Auction

Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf

Hargesheimer Kunstauktionen Düsseldorf