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Flute, Imperial

The above purple pitcher and six of the tumblers sold for $1,150 in 1995. The tumbler is a variantion referred to as #1. On the right are two additional variants of the tumbler, #2 and #3. Number 2 is a taller tumbler with six straight flutes (#1 also has six flutes), and #3 has nine flutes and a collar base. The #3 tumblers are quite rare. Northwood also made a pattern that collectors call Flute.

Water sets, 7 pieces
Marigold, 5 pieces, 55 (2012)
Purple, 1,200, 1,850 (2001), 825 (2010)
Purple, small size pitcher, 525 (2013)
Purple, 6 pieces, 700 (2011), 575 (2014)
Purple, 5 pieces, 500 (2011), 725 (2012)

Water pitchers
Clambroth, 3 known
Marigold, 75 (2004), 45 (2007), 18 (2015)
Purple, 200, 900 (2010), 290, 450 (2013)
Purple, listed as small size, 525 (2014)
Teal, 525 (2002)

Milk pitchers
Marigold, 40, 45 (1999), 20 (2013)

Tumblers
Blue, #1, 340 (2006)
Blue, unspecified style, 80 (2010), 115 (2015)
Marigold, 5 inches tall, #2, 305 (2000)
Marigold, #5, 30 (2006)
Purple, #1, 100 (2013), 65 (2014)
Purple, #2, 50 (2010)
Purple, unspecified style, 70, 90 (2011), 50, 55 (2015)
Red, 275 (1992)

Tumblers, #3
Aqua/teal, 325 (1997), 140 (2002), 100 (2003)
Blue, 325 (1997), 120 (2010), 50 (2015)
Marigold, 20 (1998)
Purple, 185 (2001), 80 (2012)

Imperial apparently also made a slightly different pattern in Flute punch sets known as #3939. The Colonial Variant water set is also part of the line and designated as 393 1/2.

Punch sets, 8-10 pieces
Green, 225 (1997), 300, 350 (both 2006)
Green, 6 piece, 550 (2012)
Marigold, 12 piece, 450 (2013)
Purple, 1,900 (1997), 2,700 (2005), 3,000 (2006)

Punch bowl and base
Marigold, 155 (2003), 1,600 (2013), 55, 85 (2014)
Purple, 3,100 (2007), 1,250 (2012)
Purple, with 1 cup, 3,600 (2011)

Punch base only
Green, 35 (2014)
Purple, 80 (2011), 75 (2014)

Punch cups
Green, 20 (1998), 35 (2000), 30 (2012)
Marigold, 15 (1998), 5 (2000)
Purple, 35 (2005), 10 (2007), 45 (2012)

Celery vase
Marigold, 70 (2013)
Purple, 1,500 (2006), 325 (2009), 425 (2012)

Wine glasses (3 known)
Marigold, 145 (1998)

Cordial, 3 inches tall
Marigold, 30 (2012), 185 (2014)

Nappy, handled (berry set cups)
Purple, 35 (2010), 25 (2012), 70 (2015)

Console bowl
Smoke, 8 (2007)

The Imperial Flute toothpick holders are the most frequently seen shape in this pattern. On the right is a breakfast set, composed of an open sugar and small creamer.

Toothpick holders
Amber, 85 (2009)
Blue, 750 (2009), 700 (2010), 900 (2013)
Green, 25, 35 (2012), 20, 40 (2013), 45, 60 (2014)
Helios, 30 (1097), 55 (2000)
Lavender, 85 (2005), 95 (2007), 125 (2012)
Lime green, 115 (2003), 115 (2007)
Marigold, 25 (2012), 10, 20, 25 (2013), 17 (2014), 10 (2015)
Purple, 18, 20, 28, 35, 35 (2013), 10, 23 (2014), 35 (2015)
Smoke, 40 (2000)
Vaseline, 625 (1998), 175 (2005), 65 (2013)

Breakfast sets
Amber, 150 (2011), 250 (2014)
Clambroth, 50 (2004)
Marigold, 100 (2012)
Purple, 45, 55, 70 (all 2013), 45, 60, 65 (2014)

Breakfast creamer or sugar
Amber, sugar, 5 (2007)
Marigold, creamer, 8 (2007)
Purple, creamer, 30 (2006), 15 (2015)
Purple, sugar, 30 (2010), 30 (2014)

Berry sets, 6-7 piece (small bowls have handles)
Marigold, minor damage, 45 (1998)
Purple, 80, 100, 150 (2010), 120 (2013), 80, 95 (2014)

Bowls, 8-9 inches
Green, 10 (2013)
Purple, 120 (1997), 160 (2012)

Sauces or small bowls
Purple, 30 (1998), 15 (2013)


Imperial's Flute vase is another of those difficult to recognize patterns, principally because the distinguishing flute characteristic–the flat curved band at the base of each of the flutes–has often been so dissolved by the swinging that it is difficult to see. However, there is another characteristic that helps in identifying the pattern: The tops have eight scallops, one for each flute, with five saw-teeth on each of the scallops. Above on the right – in 2004, Alice Widtfeldt sent these photos of her Imperial Flute vase in blue. It's one of two or three reported.
There were at least two different moulds, both of them 2-part moulds. One has a base diameter of 3 1/2 inches with the typical Imperial 24-point star, and the other is just under 2 3/4 inches with a rather hexagonal 24-point star. Heights range from 6 1/2 to 11 1/2 inches.
Prices appear to be somewhat erratic as virtually every maker had a flute vase and auctioneers are not always able to distinguish between them.

Blue, 2,500 (2007), 1,500, 1,600 (both 2009)
Marigold, 25 (2010)
Purple, 195 (2010)

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Total Records Found: 231, showing 100 per page
MFGPatternShapeEdge TreatmentGeneral SizeExtra DetailColorPriceSale DateDamageAuctioneerPhoto1
Imperial Flute Berry Set Amethyst/Purple 50.00 06/02/2018 Chip on large bowl Burns
Imperial Flute Berry Set Amethyst/Purple 100.00 02/10/2018 Burns
Imperial Flute Berry Set Amethyst/Purple 110.00 08/14/2016 one sauce has nick Seeck
Imperial Flute Berry Set Amethyst/Purple 80.00 03/12/2016 Seeck
Imperial Flute Berry Set Amethyst/Purple 85.00 03/12/2016 Seeck
Imperial Flute Berry Set Amethyst/Purple 130.00 09/19/2015 Chip on 1 Sauce Seeck
Imperial Flute Berry Set Amethyst/Purple 95.00 03/21/2015 Seeck
Imperial Flute Berry Set Round Amethyst/Purple 95.00 11/15/2014 Wroda
Imperial Flute Berry Set Amethyst/Purple 80.00 06/21/2014 Wroda
Imperial Flute Berry Set Amethyst/Purple 425.00 02/15/2014 Seeck
Imperial Flute Berry Set Amethyst/Purple 120.00 11/16/2013 Seeck
Imperial Flute Berry Set Amethyst/Purple 105.00 10/19/2013 One berry has damage Burns
Imperial Flute Bowl Round Large Amethyst/Purple 85.00 06/02/2018 Seeck
Imperial Flute Bowl Round Sauce Amethyst/Purple 15.00 05/08/2018 Wroda
Imperial Flute Bowl Round Large Amethyst/Purple 45.00 11/14/2015 Wroda
Imperial Flute Bowl Round Sauce Amethyst/Purple 15.00 10/24/2015 Burns
Imperial Flute Bowl Round Sauce Amethyst/Purple 15.00 11/24/2013 Seeck
Imperial Flute Bowl Round Large Amethyst/Purple 160.00 06/30/2012 Wroda
Imperial Flute Bowl Round Medium Green 10.00 10/20/2013 Seeck
Imperial Flute Bowl Round Sauce 6 Sauces Marigold 10.00 10/01/2016 Burns
Imperial Flute Bowl Round Sauce Marigold 15.00 10/24/2015 Burns
Imperial Flute Bowl Round Sauce Marigold 5.00 10/19/2013 Burns
Imperial Flute Breakfast Set Creamer and Sugar Amber 525.00 07/21/2018 Peeling on sugar base Seeck
Imperial Flute Breakfast Set Creamer and Sugar Amber 250.00 07/31/2014 Burns
Imperial Flute Breakfast Set Creamer and Sugar Amber 150.00 11/12/2011 Wroda
Imperial Flute Breakfast Set Creamer and Sugar Amethyst/Purple 55.00 12/02/2018 Chip on Creamer Seeck
Imperial Flute Breakfast Set Creamer and Sugar Amethyst/Purple 65.00 07/21/2018 Seeck
Imperial Flute Breakfast Set Creamer and Sugar Amethyst/Purple 40.00 04/08/2017 Burns
Imperial Flute Breakfast Set Creamer and Sugar Amethyst/Purple 70.00 02/05/2017 Seeck
Imperial Flute Breakfast Set Creamer and Sugar Amethyst/Purple 65.00 01/29/2017 Seeck
Imperial Flute Breakfast Set Creamer and Sugar Amethyst/Purple 85.00 08/14/2016 Seeck
Imperial Flute Breakfast Set Creamer and Sugar Amethyst/Purple 75.00 05/14/2016 Wroda
Imperial Flute Breakfast Set Creamer and Sugar Amethyst/Purple 150.00 03/12/2016 Seeck
Imperial Flute Breakfast Set Creamer and Sugar Amethyst/Purple 95.00 10/17/2015 Wroda
Imperial Flute Breakfast Set Creamer and Sugar Amethyst/Purple 45.00 10/25/2014 Burns
Imperial Flute Breakfast Set Creamer and Sugar Amethyst/Purple 45.00 07/31/2014 Burns
Imperial Flute Breakfast Set Creamer and Sugar Amethyst/Purple 60.00 02/22/2014 Wroda
Imperial Flute Breakfast Set Creamer and Sugar Amethyst/Purple 65.00 01/12/2014 Wroda
Imperial Flute Breakfast Set Creamer and Sugar Amethyst/Purple 55.00 10/26/2013 Wroda
Imperial Flute Breakfast Set Creamer and Sugar Amethyst/Purple 70.00 04/27/2013 Nick on creamer handle Seeck
Imperial Flute Breakfast Set Creamer and Sugar Amethyst/Purple 40.00 10/27/2012 Burns
Imperial Flute Breakfast Set Creamer and Sugar Amethyst/Purple 60.00 06/30/2012 Wroda
Imperial Flute Breakfast Set Creamer and Sugar Amethyst/Purple 185.00 03/05/2011 Seeck
Imperial Flute Breakfast Set Creamer and Sugar Marigold 100.00 02/08/2012 Seeck
Imperial Flute Celery Vase Amethyst/Purple 375.00 11/14/2015 Wroda
Imperial Flute Celery Vase Amethyst/Purple 65.00 05/17/2014 Has Crack Wroda
Imperial Flute Celery Vase Amethyst/Purple 425.00 06/30/2012 Wroda
Imperial Flute Cordial Marigold 80.00 12/17/2017 Seeck
Imperial Flute Cordial Marigold 30.00 08/01/2012 Seeck
Imperial Flute Creamer Amber 65.00 07/21/2018 Crack by Handle Seeck
Imperial Flute Creamer Amber 25.00 10/19/2013 Burns
Imperial Flute Creamer Amethyst/Purple 35.00 08/27/2017 Seeck
Imperial Flute Creamer Amethyst/Purple 35.00 09/03/2016 Wroda
Imperial Flute Creamer Amethyst/Purple 25.00 06/26/2016 Seeck
Imperial Flute Creamer Amethyst/Purple 15.00 02/22/2015 Wroda
Imperial Flute Creamer Amethyst/Purple 10.00 10/19/2013 Burns
Imperial Flute Cup Amethyst/Purple 45.00 06/30/2012 Wroda
Imperial Flute Cup Amethyst/Purple 20.00 10/08/2011 Wroda
Imperial Flute Cup Green 10.00 11/12/2011 Wroda
Imperial Flute Cup Signed Imperial Cross Marigold 65.00 03/24/2018 Seeck
Imperial Flute Cup Signed Imperial Cross Marigold 15.00 02/12/2016 Burns
Imperial Flute Nappy Amethyst/Purple 30.00 09/08/2018 Burns
Imperial Flute Nappy Amethyst/Purple 70.00 02/07/2015 Burns
Imperial Flute Nappy Amethyst/Purple 75.00 10/19/2013 Burns
Imperial Flute Pitcher Standard Amethyst/Purple 250.00 11/18/2018 Seeck
Imperial Flute Pitcher Medium Amethyst/Purple 425.00 07/21/2018 Seeck
Imperial Flute Pitcher Standard Amethyst/Purple 750.00 07/21/2018 Seeck
Imperial Flute Pitcher Standard Amethyst/Purple 330.00 03/02/2018 Wroda
Imperial Flute Pitcher Standard Amethyst/Purple 600.00 03/11/2017 Seeck
Imperial Flute Pitcher Medium Amethyst/Purple 150.00 05/07/2016 Minor pit on rib Seeck
Imperial Flute Pitcher Standard Amethyst/Purple 160.00 03/12/2016 Nick on top edge Seeck
Imperial Flute Pitcher Standard Amethyst/Purple 230.00 06/28/2014 Wroda
Imperial Flute Pitcher Medium Amethyst/Purple 525.00 05/03/2014 Seeck
Imperial Flute Pitcher Standard Amethyst/Purple 290.00 05/04/2013 Wroda
Imperial Flute Pitcher Standard Amethyst/Purple 450.00 04/27/2013 Seeck
Imperial Flute Pitcher Standard Honey Amber 900.00 02/12/2016 Burns
Imperial Flute Pitcher Standard Pastel Marigold 60.00 02/18/2018 Seeck
Imperial Flute Pitcher Standard Teal/Aqua 425.00 04/28/2018 Seeck
Imperial Flute Pitcher Standard Teal/Aqua 625.00 03/12/2016 Seeck
Imperial Flute Pitcher Standard Teal/Aqua 545.00 02/12/2016 Burns
Imperial Flute Punch Bowl Amethyst/Purple 1250.00 06/30/2012 Wroda
Imperial Flute Punch Bowl Base Amethyst/Purple 75.00 01/12/2014 Wroda
Imperial Flute Punch Bowl Base Amethyst/Purple 80.00 10/01/2011 Seeck
Imperial Flute Punch Set Amethyst/Purple 800.00 04/08/2017 Burns
Imperial Flute Punch Set Amethyst/Purple 3600.00 04/30/2011 Seeck
Imperial Flute Salt Individual Marigold 25.00 08/01/2015 Burns
Imperial Flute Sugar For breakfast set Amethyst/Purple 30.00 06/14/2014 Seeck
Imperial Flute Toothpick Amethyst/Purple 10.00 10/27/2018 Wroda
Imperial Flute Toothpick Amethyst/Purple 45.00 04/14/2018 Burns
Imperial Flute Toothpick Amethyst/Purple 15.00 09/09/2017 Burns
Imperial Flute Toothpick Amethyst/Purple 15.00 04/08/2017 Burns
Imperial Flute Toothpick Amethyst/Purple 10.00 03/18/2017 Wroda
Imperial Flute Toothpick Amethyst/Purple 20.00 03/18/2017 Wroda
Imperial Flute Toothpick Amethyst/Purple 5.00 10/22/2016 Burns
Imperial Flute Toothpick Amethyst/Purple 25.00 10/16/2016 Seeck
Imperial Flute Toothpick Amethyst/Purple 25.00 07/16/2016 Seeck
Imperial Flute Toothpick Amethyst/Purple 15.00 06/19/2016 Seeck
Imperial Flute Toothpick Amethyst/Purple 25.00 05/14/2016 Wroda
Imperial Flute Toothpick Amethyst/Purple 30.00 05/14/2016 Wroda
Imperial Flute Toothpick Amethyst/Purple 35.00 01/10/2016 Seeck