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Basket, Imperial Glass, Pillar Flute Ruby Red Glass with Metal Frame & Handle, Vintage

Basket, Imperial Glass, Pillar Flute Ruby Red Glass with Metal Frame & Handle, Vintage

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  • Pattern:  Bridal Basket, Ruby Red Glass Basket with Metal Frame & Handle
  • Made in Ohio, USA
  • Vintage: 1945 – 1955
  • Details:  Unbelievably beautiful Brides Basket from Imperial Glass!!  It is in their Pillar Flute Ruby Red Glass pattern with a wonderful, intricately carved, brass base with handle.  Popular since the 1880s as brides gifts, these baskets were originally called cake or fruit baskets and new brides would use them to serve guests, cake, sweets, or fruit while entertaining.  Today they are high prized collectibles, still used for serving or for displaying flowers, but they're also loved at weddings for flower girls to carry flower petals, for the guest bathrooms filled with soaps or hand towels.  Also as decor filled with ornaments, shells, potpourri, anything really.  Enjoy it!
  • Material:  Glass
  • Dimensions:  8.75 inches Long, 5.0 inches Wide.  6.0 inches Tall (including handle), (2.5 inches Tall, Base & Basket only).  
  • Condition:  Vintage - Used.  Excellent Condition. No issues.  Please review all pictures and make sure you love this item before purchasing, we can't accept returns.  All Sales Final.  Please remember these are VINTAGE and ANTIQUE items, they are NOT new, every effort has been made to show any scratches, wear and tear and imperfections. 

Imperial Glass Co was started in 1901 in Bellaire, Ohio by J.N. Vance and Edward Muhleman, originally called New Crystal Glass Company. By the end of 1901, the name was changed to Imperial Glass Company.  In 1905 business really took off due to a deal with F. W. Woolworth. Around the same time, they also secured a deal with Quaker Oats to distribute their Cape Cod pattern, as giveaways with purchase.  Unfortunately, a bad economy and cheaper competition forced the company to sell to New Jersey’s Lenox, Inc in 1972.  In 1981, New York investor Arthur Lorch bought Imperial from Lenox, but his inexperience in glass did not help the company’s fortunes. In 1982, Imperial was sold again to investor Robert Stahl but finally went out of business in 1984.  The building located on Belmont Street was transformed into a museum known as the National Imperial Glass Museum, housing many pieces from the company's long run, as well as a history of the company. The building was placed on the National Register in 1983. The Candlewick and Cape Cod patterns were favorite, long-running patterns for the company from the 1930's until Imperial’s closing in 1984.

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