V. Lead Lustre Decorations & Colors

 
 
 
 
 
 
Records documenting 23 Lead Lustre decorations/colors (by number 
and description) have been found, but there are in fact more than
twenty-fourThey can be divided into ten categories or motifs: 
Leaf & Vine, Festoons, Marbleized, Monochromatic, Wheel Cut,

Crizzled Throat, Abstract, Cased with Cut Top, Spider Webbing & 

Miscellaneous Other. 




Some of these categories are undocumented. 
 
                                                                   
 

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Leaf & Vine:

 
There are three documented Leaf & Vine decors, one of which has two color variations.





 
Decor #29: Blue with opal Leaf & Vine, opal edge, not iridescent, 
orange interior


 




 




Decor #25: Opal 
with green Leaf & Vine, satin finish,
orange interior.

                  
Forest Green
 

Decor #25: Opal 
with green Leaf & Vine, satin finish,
orange interior.

                  
Yellow Green





Decor #6:  Dark green with opal Leaf & Vine, 
satin finish,
orange interior.
 
 
There is another (undocumented) Lead Lustre Leaf & Vine
decor, example pictured left, that has heavy orange
iridescence over blue leaves & vines on opal base glass.
 
 

The undocumented Cased with Cut Top Lead Lustre category
(discussed below) primarily uses the Festoons & the
Leaf & Vine decors. The example on the left is a
cased example. It is opal glass, pale green
iridescence, with a burgundy inner lining and 
burgundy decoration. Leaf & Vine cased examples
in other color combinations have been found - but none
using any of the five just discussed color combinations.

         
                                                                                          

 
Festoons:

 


Decor #12: Blue with four opal festoons,

satin finish, blue base glass





Decor #36: Canary yellow with

  opal festoons, bright orange iridescent 

interior, opal base glass      


https://sites.google.com/a/imperialartglass.com/www/iii-design-motifs-1/LL%20Festoons%20Y%20&%20W.jpg




Decor #22: Orange with blue festoons,

         bright orange interior, opal base glass          

   

The wide & narrow "festoons" are intentional. These variations are found throughout the Lead Lustre line, 
not just on these two shapes.

                                                   
Marbleized:

 

Decor #11: Blue with opal swirled effect, 

green satin interior, satin lustre all over




 

Decor #14: Blue with opal swirled effect,

green satin interior, coated with green 

iridescence



 

Decor #21Blue with opal swirled effect,

bright orange interior, not iridized



 

 
Monochromatic:



 

 
 
 
 

Fifteen Lead Lustre decors have been documented as having "monochromatic" exteriors.  These photos depict the eight
exterior colors. Different interior/throat colors
and monochromatic pieces that have wheel
cut decorations account for the remaining
seven variations.



The eight exterior colors are dark green, canary

yellow, orange, brilliant blue glaze, blue, gray, 

opal with yellow-green iridescence and mulberry.


 


 Decor #5:  Dark green,

with orange interior




Decor #51: Dark green, 


with yellow- green

iridescent interior.

No Photo Available


Possibly what this 

decor might look like.



 

Decor #20: Orange, inside

& outside
 


 
Decor
 #35: Canary

yellow, with bright 

orange interior
 
 



 
Decor #38: Canary

yellow, with orange satin

iridescent interior





 
Decor #37: Opal with satin

orange iridescent exterior,
  
with canary satin interior 

 

 
Decor #10: Brilliant blue 

glaze, inside & outside. 

(on blue glass, with an all
 over green / gold / purple sheen)


 

Decor #30: Blue, with

bright orange interior 



 

Decor #32: Blue, with

 satin orange interior




 
 Decor #31: Gray

iridescent, with orange

 interior

Note the color variations on these two examples

 

           Decor #40: Opal with 
          yellow-green iridescence 
         & orange interior


 


 Decor
 #44: Opal with

 yellow-green iridescence 

& gray interior
 


 


 Decor #60: Mulberry, with bright orange interior



 Decor #61: Mulberry, 
with orange satin interior


 


 



Wheel Cut: 

 


Factory records indicate 

only two colors (orange & 

gray) were used for wheel 

cut pieces.


Seven Lead Lustre

shapes were used: 415,

418, 419, 618, 619, 622 

& 655.


There are three 

documented cut

designs.


Crizzled Throat:

 

Dark green exterior, with a stretched & turned down orange crizzled lip being the prominent feature.

                        
Lead Lustre because of the 

"lead glass" composition and

similarities to documented 

Lead Lustre  shapes.
Abstracts:


 



This decor is one that is

found on both Free Hand

 &

Lead Lustre. 



Lead Lustre versions are

not common, Free Hand

examples are 
very rare.
Cased with Cut Top:



 



Cased glass pieces


Flat bottoms, no pontil marks


Not found on documented Lead 

Lustre shapes


Documented Free Hand & 

Lead Lustre decorations used.


Imperial shape 771 frequently 

used. Shape 771 originally used

on Lustre Iridescent Ware. This

a shape 771 example.




Spider Webbing:



 


Random and/or some 
interesecting threads.

Used on Free Hand also.
Misc. Other:



 



This example has a documented

Lead Lustre shape 622 but both 

the white exterior & the 
decoration are undocumented.


This may be a one-of-a-kind vase.


      
           


               
                                                                                                
                                                                 
 
 

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