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Posted 4 years ago


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The distinguishing feature on these plates is that the decoration is on the front (top), and the rays are gently rounded, with no clear edges and no space between them. They're 7.5 inches in diameter, the glass is very clear and they have unusually tall pedestal feet. Very soft pink, not too orangey.

I've seen at least one other set sold online, but they were unattributed as well. Any clues as to manufacturer and/or pattern would be appreciated.

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  1. TallCakes TallCakes, 4 years ago
    possibly Imperial #499, AKA: Smooth Rays; but hard to say with certainty as other companies had very similar rayed designs. From the size it is possibly part of a sherbet set that would have had a sherbet dish with a foot that fit the middle of the plate.
  2. LosFabulous LosFabulous, 4 years ago
    Thank you TallCakes! That would explain the lack of decoration in the center which is unusual in a plate from the the era (since the decoration would be on the bottom of the sherbet if at all). I can only find Smooth Rays in carnival colors, but it's not at all unlikely the same molds were used on plain colored glass.

    Is there a particular reference you would recommend for Imperial Glass? Most of the patterns in my depression glass books are other manufacturers.
  3. TallCakes TallCakes, 4 years ago
    The info I stated is from a collection of Imperial Glass catalogs. I'm not too familiar with books on depression era glass as I collect EAPG. Imperial did use the same molds for other than carnival glass just as they used their older EAPG molds for later carnival glass reissues. Smooth Rays is most likely a collector name as it isn't mentioned in the catalogs; many of the IG patterns in the book are only given numbers.
  4. Aimathena Aimathena, 4 years ago
    I bought a set like this. It was advertised as depression glass. I'm curious to find out what you come up with.
  5. TallCakes TallCakes, 4 years ago
    tho' possibly from the depression era, this type if hand finished glass is called Elegant Glass and continued well beyond the depression era.
  6. Aimathena Aimathena, 4 years ago
    Elegant glass sounds lovely & fitting :^)
  7. LosFabulous LosFabulous, 4 years ago
    These don't really qualify as elegant glass to me. They are not hand finished, the bases are unground (unlike, say Fostoria's), a tad uneven, and a bit knobby with obvious wave marks, and they have bubbles.

    While it's possible they were a later production, the color is more of a thirties pink than a forties or fifties to my eye. If one of the elegant glass manufacturers made them they were specifically designed to be cheap.
  8. TallCakes TallCakes, 4 years ago
    often can't tell quality from photos; but as far as possibly Imperial Glass goes, they did have a utility glass line of many of their finer hand finished lines.
  9. LosFabulous LosFabulous, 4 years ago
    In that case, these could easily be those. I really appreciate your help and insight.

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