Answered By: Paul Chasse
Last Updated: Nov 03, 2016     Views: 309

 

 

 

 

   "Imperlux" is a term given to mouth blown handcrafted lead crystal. If you complete a broad web search for Imperlux there are quite a few results of sales of items with the descriptor "Imperlux hand crafted lead crystal."  It is difficult to find a thorough definition of the term "Imperlux" as it relates to glass; however I have found a note about a trade catalog in the Rakow library collection that seems to consolidate that Imperlux is a trademark term for hand crafted lead crystal which I will copy and paste below.

"NOTES 

Trade catalog.
Perforated tear page in front of catalog "The world-known Trade Mark, "Imperlux" assures you that the crystalware shown in these pages is the finest quality mouth blown lead crystal. It is all hand cut and imported from Germany and Czechoslovakia." -- Manufacturer(s) of glass not named. -- Includes perfume bottles, a few candlesticks.
Includes: perfumes.
F-11426C"
 
As you can see this 1957 catalog with goods from Germany and Czechoslovakia seems to give a definition to the term 'Imperlux" This catalog in micoform format should be available at your local library through way of inter-library loan if you would like to further investigate. It appears to me that the term Imperlux used with glass items refers to them being lead crystal, and probably hand cut. I will paste the records of the several trade catalogs on microform from the library that feature the term "Imperlux." Thank you again for the question, I hope that this helps!
 
Cheers,
 
 
 
(here below is a record from a 76-77 Trade catalog.)

World's finest Imperlux genuine handcut lead crystal, 76-77.

Bibliographic Record Display

 
Here below is the 1957 trade catalog  record:
 

1957-58 catalog of crystal and chinaware.

Bibliographic Record Display

  • DatabaseThe Rakow Library Catalog
  • Author:Imperial Crystals & China Co., New York, NY, USA. 
  • Title:1957-58 catalog of crystal and chinaware.
  • Publisher:New York : Imperial Crystals and China Co., 1957.
  • Description:48 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
  • Notes:Trade catalog.
    Perforated tear page in front of catalog "The world-known Trade Mark, "Imperlux" assures you that the crystalware shown in these pages is the finest quality mouth blown lead crystal. It is all hand cut and imported from Germany and Czechoslovakia." -- Manufacturer(s) of glass not named. -- Includes perfume bottles, a few candlesticks.
    Includes: perfumes.
    F-11426C
  • Record Number:56177
  • Subjects:Cut glass--Catalogs. 
    Bottles--Catalogs. 
    Glass blowing and working Equipment and supplies--Catalogs.