Imperial Glass Co. Three Swan Vase #7526 - Aurora Jewels - Cobalt Blue - 1970 - 1972
This vase is stunning with its iridescence in turquoise, greens, and several shades of pink and purple, plus silver and gold.
This wonderful vase has a history to tell as many fine pieces of Elegant Glass seem to have. I love Glass stories.
While researching this vase these are the facts that I found, written in several books and some internet websites, on the subject of this Elegant Glass vase.
The Duncan and Miller Glass Company produced the original mold for this piece and production started in 1934 during the Depression Era. The colors produced were cobalt blue, green, crystal, and possibly amber. The Duncan and Miller Glass Company ceased operation in 1955, and Leslie Pena says in her book, "Depression Era Glass by DUNCAN" the molds were sold to U.S. Glass Co., in Tiffin, Ohio, Whether the mold for this particular vase was sold to U.S. Glass Co., is not mentioned.
"Imperial Glass Encyclopedia, Volume 1", authored by the National Imperial Glass Collectors' Society and Edited by James Measell, indicates on page 31 that a man in Pennsylvania named George Bradish owned some of the Duncan and Miller Glass Co., molds and this George Bradish 3-Swan vase mold was borrowed by the Imperial Glass Company to produce this 3-Swan vase.
The color, Aurora Jewels is an iridescent carnival style treatment over a rich cobalt blue. This was a new color name for Imperial Glass and they produced around two dozen pieces in the Aurora Jewels color/treatment. Aurora Jewels was introduced in the middle of 1970 and lasted until April, 1972, when the line was discontinued. The color was described as "shimmering iridescent on cobalt blue". The pieces were marketed as "Gifts & Decorative Accessories". Other pieces produced in the Aurora Jewels color came from molds that Imperial already owned plus molds acquired from Cambridge Glass Company, Heisey Glass Company, and George Bradish. From an internet article I found, three generations of men named George Bradish were associated with the Mayflower Glass Works in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, starting in 1970, and they owned some 500 of the Duncan and Miller molds.
This fabulous Three-Swan Vase had a fairly short run and is somewhat scarce now. The condition is excellent and is free from any damage. There is some wear on the bottom rim but no nicks, dings, or chips. There is a manufacturing flaw inclusion (pull or straw mark) just above the swan feet on one side only. (pictured) It is not a crack. This is not unusual in heavy glass pieces and this one weighs a tad over four pounds.
Measurements: Actual 8-5/8" tall at the top of the curve of the neck. Approximately 8" wide with a 4-3/8" base. Very substantial weight and size. Marked with the famous I over G Imperial Glass mark.
References: "Imperial Glass Encyclopedia, Volume 1", by The National Imperial Collectors' Glass Society, 1995. Article about the Aurora Jewels color and picture of vase.
"Depression Era Glass by DUNCAN", by Leslie Pina, 1999. Pictures of Duncan and Miller 3-Swan vase in Green, Amber and Crystal.
"Colored Glassware of the Depression Era 2", by Hazel Marie Weatherman, 1974. Pictured a copy of 1934 Duncan and Miller Ad for the 3-Swan vase.
"The Encyclopedia of Duncan Glass", by Gail Krause, 1976. Picture of Cobalt Blue 3-Swan vase.
Internet Article: Mayflower Glass Works
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