Wednesday, September 17, 2014

What in the world is Candlewick?

Candlewick is a pattern that was made by the Imperial Glass Company, and it was made from 1936 to 1982.  The pieces don’t have any embossed marks, but they sported a paper label.

This pattern is very recognizable by the beaded crystal glass rims, stems, and even handles.  During its production, more than 700 items were designed.

Because of the very lengthy production run and popularity of the pattern, there were many items that look similar to the old Candlewick.  These pieces show up at estate sales, antique malls, flea markets, and even antique shows.

One of the ways that helps me is to compare the item in question to a picture in a book, or to an item that you know is truly a piece of Candlewick.  The internet is also another great way to help out.

One area to be familiar with is the style of the glass beads on the piece.  Another way is to be aware of what colors Candlewick was made in.  Viennese Blue, Ruby red, and crystal are just some of the colors that this pattern was made in.

It helps me out when there are other pieces of  a set are present.  Take the cologne bottle shown above.  It’s part of a dresser set that has quite a few pieces in it.  If there's a tray or a box that's part of the dresser set, that makes me think that at one time these pieces were sold together as part of a set.

Sometimes a glass maker doesn’t make something like this, so it also helps to have a general knowledge of what was made.

You can see the cologne bottle in my Etsy store here.  What pieces of Candlewick have you run across?

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