|Flute and Cane - Imperial|
|Flute and Cane is pretty much as the name says; a band of flutes below which is a cane pattern. Although many shapes were made, only the pitchers are seen very often. Most shapes are only found in clambroth or marigold but occassionally something in smoke or a rare blue or purple will be found. Imperial catalogs show this pattern as mold number 666.
There are three sizes of water pitchers; one about 7 inches tall, one about 8 1/2 inches tall and one about 10 inches tall. These three water pitchers have the same tall and thin shape. Mostly found in marigold, however, one purple example and one white example are known. The milk pitcher is 5 3/4 inches tall and has a base of 3 inches.
The photo on the left show the milk pitcher and the 8 1/2 inch pitcher which both appear in the ad in the center photo.
There are two sizes of tumblers. The taller tumbler is referred to as a lemonade. It holds 12 ounces and is 4 5/8 inches tall. The other is the standard tumbler. It holds 9 ounces and is 4 inches tall.
|Above are other shapes found, only in clambroth or marigold, in Flute and Cane. To the left is a sherbert which is 3 1/4 inches tall and has a top diameter of 3 3/4 inches and a jelly which is 6 inches tall and has a top diameter of 4 7/8 inches. Both the sherbert and the jelly sit on the same underplate. The underplate is 6 1/8 inches across and has a base of 3 1/4 inches. To be an underplate it must have an inset in the plate where the stemmed piece can sit. In the center is a photo of the back side of the underplate.
The candlesticks are quite rare in marigold and even more rare in smoke. Purple candlesticks are known but they may be a contemporary re-issue.
|Above to the left is a photo of a breakfast set consisting of a sugar and a creamer. The milk pitcher is known in a rare smoke. The sugar and creamer are 3 3/4 inches tall and have a base of 2 1/4 inches.
The photo to the right shows a cup and a cordial. The cup is only 2 1/2 inches tall and has a 2 inch base. Sometimes the cup is referred to as a mug as there is no known saucer. The cordial is 3 1/2 inches tall. There is a slightly taller wine at 4 inches and an even taller goblet at 6 inches.
The compote is 6 1/2 inches tall and has a top diameter of 6 to 7 inches depending on how much they are flared. Notice the plain base on the one to the left.
|Bowls in this pattern are rare. This photo is of a clambroth Flute and Cane ruffled bowl. It is 8 inches across with a 4 3/4-inch base. Also shown are two round bonbons. Bonbons have two handles. The front bonbon is 6 1/2 inches handle to handle and the rear bonbon is 7 1/2 inches handle to handle.|
Next are two oval relish dishes. The marigold in front measures 6 5/8 inches long by 4 inches wide. This relish is only 1 3/8 inches tall. The clambroth relish in the back measures 8 1/2 inches long by 5 1/2 inches wide. This relish is 1 3/4 inches tall. Relish dishes can be found in smoke. Also shown is a bowl with four sides up.
|An ad from the Butler Brothers catalog showing other bowl shapes along with an old Imperial catalog page showing three Flute and Cane stems; the cordial, the wine and the goblet.|