|Dedicated to the memory of
Imperial, its employees and the beautiful glassware they
created, the Museum offers an excellent opportunity to learn
about Imperial and view extensive displays of Imperial
For eighty years Imperial produced a diverse array of
hand-crafted glass items. At the onset, production ranged from
utilitarian glassware to electric and gas lampshades. Then over
the next twenty years the company transitioned to making pressed
patterns, Iridescent Ware (early Carnival), Free Hand and Lead
Lustre. Depression & Elegant patterns, beverage ware, Cathay
and Milk Glass would follow from the 1930's to 1950's. Slag
Glass, reissued Carnival, Collectors Crystal, Peachblow, and
numerous gift-type glassware would be made before the company
would close its doors in 1984.
Two of Imperial's best known designs originated in the
1930's. The first was Cape Cod in 1931, followed by Candlewick
in 1936. These two pattern lines proved to be exceedingly
popular with buyers for nearly fifty years. In fact, Candlewick
became one of the company's biggest success stories. Today
Candlewick is the line most people readily equate with the
Imperial Glass Corporation. On display at the Museum are many
fine examples of Imperial glassware created from 1904 to 1984.
Your self-guided tour offers an overview of how Imperial's
productions mirror the trends of the American Hand Made
Glassware industry as the interests of the consumer changed
throughout the 20th Century.
Hours: April 1 - October 31
Thur. - Sat. 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Admission: $3.00 per person
Present your NIGCS Membership Card to gain free admission.