Imperial Glass made this vintage purple slag lidded dresser box on Mold 6992 for one year only in 1971. Its pattern is reminiscent of the slag glass dresser boxes of 1850's Britain, and is so marked on the piece by a sticker which reads 'PURPLE SLAG GLASS Circa 1850 by Imperial.' The Imperial logo is embossed onto both pieces and a manufacturer's inventory sticker also remains.
This is an outstanding example of slag glass. The dish is glossy deep purple moving to swirls of gray and blue. Top moves from lavender to gray and white with the handle reverting back to deep purple. Measures 8" L x 5 - 1 / 2" W x 4 - 1 / 2" H.
Design details: beaded sides with bar handles, channeled edges and legs, embossed ivy leaves and vines on undersides of both lid and box, and large oval incised star burst on the bottom with stylized outer edge.
Imperial Glass introduced 33 slag glass products between 1966 and 1975. Imperial was one of four American companies to offer the popular slag glass introduced in Britain in the 1850's; some of its patterns resemble those early British designs. Imperial acknowledges this in the form of blue stickers placed on its borrowed pieces.
This dresser box is one of Imperial's best pieces in the slag glass category. I am pleased to be able to bring it to you in my Affordably Collectable store. Because it was made for only one year, it is an unusual find; this one is in pristine condition. It will be the flagship piece in any slag glass collection.
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