Candlewick glassware was first invented by the Imperial Glass Company in 1936. Based on a piece of French glass, the president of Imperial Glass created a version of his own with balls on the edge. It was named Candlewick after a colonial sewing technique that also has balls along the edges. Produced until 1982, it became one of Imperial's best selling lines, and hundreds of different pieces were made. Candlewick was my nana's china, and my mom remembers using it on special occasions. Now I collect it, and use it as my everyday tableware; I find it to be pretty, but not too fussy. It mixes well with my thirft store finds and other pieces I've acquired, while I work on building a collection of my own. And I love the history. It's fun to know that my family ate their special meals on similar plates.
How about you? Do you collect tableware to add to a collection you've inherited?
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