Libbey’s Imperial pattern has been a longtime favorite of many collectors. It would seem the reason for this is two-fold – the quality is consistently excellent and there is a wide variety of skilled motifs. This plate is signed faintly with the Libbey saber.
The center star of this piece features eight crosshatched points and an interior flat hobstar. This is beautifuly framed with clear, uncut glass. The pattern picks up after this clear border with bands of zig-zagging cane, which are attached with rayed-fan cut figures. In between each of the cane sections is one of two types of cutting. One features a cluster type of pattern with hobnailed and mitered tips. It must have taken a great bit of time to cut this type of complex motif. The other motif features a flat hobstar framed on all sides by what looks like triple-miter trellis. It’s a stunning presentation. The edge of the plate is finished off with large fans.
The platter is in perfect condition and measures just under 12″ wide and just under 2″ tall. It’s on the traditional Libbey 12″ plate blank – which is shaped like a pie pan. The blank is beautifully dazzling and the polish radiates light in all directions when passing through the piece.
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