Continuing our short survey of Candlewick crystal from Imperial Glass, let’s look at plates. The 8 inch luncheon plate shown is typical.
Candlewick plates have large, uniform sized beads all the way around the edges with small empty spaces between each bead. Some other patterns, such as Heisey Waverly, have graduated beads arouns some but not all parts of the rim.
The beads are slightly larger on huge torte plates, but most of the time you will see beads about 3/16 to 1/4 inch, fairly substantial. The rims are in nice proportion to the centers, angled up slightly. Liner plates, like the one below, may be more cupped than angled. Saucers also have slightly cupped rims.
Candlewick plates – in fact most pieces with flat bottoms – have a ground base rim. Candlewick is not like some of the depression patterns we saw, such as Twisted Optic, that have a foot. The base rim looks just like ones from Fostoria or Cambridge. You can’t spot Candlewick by the base!
You should not worry about fake Candlewick plates. There are similar or look-alike Candlewick pieces but mostly you won’t find plates in the fakes, more accessory/gift items. Also Imperial used excellent quality crystal, clear, lovely with few or no bubbles and blemishes. Most of the fakes are not such good glass and you won’t have much problem with them.
Fostoria plates tend to be on the half-inch, 7 1/2 inch salad plates, 8 1/2 inch luncheon plates. Candlewick plates are full inch measures, so the luncheon plate is 8 inches. Measure from outside edge of bead across the middle to the outside edge of the bead across.
You’ll have fun with Candlewick if you choose to seek out pieces. It’s available and so elegant!