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Old or Newer Imperial Grape

Imperial Grape was a long running pattern line for Imperial Glass Company – it can be found in Butler Bros Catalogs spanning from 1911 to 1927. Made in a tremendous amount of shapes (although most are limited in the number of color choices), it was then reissued by Imperial in the late 1950’s-1980’s.

The general rule of thumb used to identify the older pieces is the starred base (or plain), since the newer releases tended to have a stippled base (and usually an IG or LIG trademark).

Here are examples of some of the shapes:


Imperial Grape Basket (about 10 1/2″ tall)

The base of the old basket is plain, while the new basket is stippled and signed.

Imperial Grape Carafe (about 8″ tall)

The old carafe will have a flared top (above right), the newer ones are ruffled (above left).

The old will have a starred (or possibly plain) base (above right), the newer ones are stippled and signed (above left).

Imperial Grape Goblet (about 5″ tall)

The old goblets have 3 major differences

The stem and base are ribbed on the old, only the stem is on the newer.

The base is starred on the old, stippled and signed on the newer.

The inside of the old has a grape pattern, the inside of the newer is plain.

Stippling/Stippled: An artistic effect on the mould that results in the blank space in the pattern appearing to have a rough, sandy appearance.