RECENT PHOTOS - Updated 6/21/2018


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Free Hand Comport

FH #Unknown
Special Lot #
Unknown



Colorless Base Glass
Applied Red Rim & Base Connector

5" Tall, 6.5" Top Diameter
4.0" Foot Diameter



FH Label
(near left example)




No Free Hand Comports Were
Documented by Imperial


Examples with this shape have been found with and without
 stretch effect / lustre glaze.
       

One additional comport shape has been found.

10.5" Tall


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Free Hand Vase

FH #82
Special Lot #1984
Threaded Decor

Colorless Base Glass
Applied Red Rim & Base Connector
Red Threading

9" Tall


 



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Collection 

Neil & "Eddie"

Unger


 Compote & Footed Vase


"Onion Skin" Bodies

with

Red Rims & Red Stem Wafers

(Stretch Effect Near Rims)

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The vase is shaped similar to FH 214 

the comport was only one of four known example in 

this decor but a fifth example with a FH label has just 

surfaced:











 

 







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                    Free Hand Vases

              FH #168, FH #174 
            & FH #175


       
           Drag Loop Decors
           Comparison


          12" Tall



 
 

 



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Free Hand Vase
FH #174
Special Lot #1977
Drag Loop Decor

Colorless Base Glass
Applied Cobalt Blue Rim 
Pale Blue Drag Loops
Iridized

12" Tall





                    Photos Courtesy 
         Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates


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 Two 
Free Hand Vases
FH #80 Comparison
Special Lot #1979
Drag Loop Decor

(No Orange Overspray vs
Orange Overspray)



Both with Ruby Drag Loops
on Colorless Base Glass
Applied Ruby Rim & 
Ruby Base Connector
Iridized Overall

9.5" Tall





 

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Free Hand Vase
FH #Unknown
Leaf & Vine Decor

Opal Base Glass
Blue Leaf & Vine Decor
Cobalt Blue Rim 
Light Orange Overspray
Iridescent

Original FH Label

11.25" Tall



Photos Courtesy 
  Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates

 

















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Free Hand Vase
FH #514
Special Lot #1987
Cut Crystal Decor
Cut #16


Colorless Base Glass
Applied Cobalt Blue Rim,
Handles & Base 


10.15" Tall


Photos Courtesy 
  Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates


 





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Lead Lustre Vase
Shape 413
Undocumented Decor


Opal Base Glass


Burnished Golden
Orange Lustre


10.75" Tall






 
Photos Courtesy 
  Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates

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Photos Courtesy 
  Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates




 Free Hand Vases
FH #21 & FH #21 Variant
Heavy Metallic Lustre Glazes


Tops Cut to Form
Turned -Down Ears
FH 21 (2 ears) &
FH 21 Variant (3 ears)


Metallic Amber  & Bronze Glazes
Iridescent


9.5" Tall








Author's Collection


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 Four Free Hand Examples
Undocumented Lily Pad & Vine Decor

 5.5" to
 9" Tall 







 
 
 

 









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Free Hand Vase
FH #413
Special Lot #2008
Drag Loop Decor


Green Adventurine Drag Loops
on Opal Base Glass
Iridized Orange Interior
 Stretched & Worked  Rim & Throat
Crizzle Effect
Iridized Overall

4.75" Tall  by 8.25" Widest


Collection of Frank Ford








 This is a rare & exceptional example
   

Photos Courtesy of Tremont Auctions
 






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Free Hand Vase
FH #80 Variant
(No Orange Overspray)

Special Lot #1979
Drag Loop Decor


Ruby Drag Loops on
Colorless Base Glass
Applied Ruby Rim &
Ruby Base Connector
Iridized Overall

9.5" Tall


Original FH Label





                 





                                                                                                                    



 Author's Collection
 














Photos Courtesy 
  Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates


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Lead Lustre Vase 

Shape 415 Variant
(never before seen turned up rim)
Leaf & Vine Decor




Blue Leaf & Vine Decor
over Opal Base Glass
Heavy Orange Iridescence
+ Orange Throat


10.0"  Tall


 Collection of 
Robert Stock


Exhibited in 2004/05 at the Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Village and published in the booklet "Glass Threads". 
 


Photo Courtesy 
  Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates


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A Discussion of  Lead Lustre Pieces 
with Crizzled, Turned Out Throats/Tops

 


 There is one documented Lead Lustre shape where all examples found to date (3) are crizzled; that is shape 3762, a bowl. All three known examples are shown here


 
   

 
   

 
 
 There is another
 documented Lead Lustre shape where some examples are found with crizzling; that is shape 319, the candlestick.









 
   

 
 
 There are a number of documented Lead Lustre shapes in monochromatic green (Decor # 05) that have had their tops turned out and down to produce "Lead Lustre Variants with Crizzled Effect".






   


 
 
 
Finally, and most rare, there are some
Lead Lustre pieces with leaf & vine
 decor that have been modified to produce the crizzled effect.
All known examples are shown here.


        
        










   
     

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Free Hand Vase
FH #Unknown
Drag Loop Decor



Opal Drag Loops
on
Colorless, 
Iridized
Base Glass



Opal Handles, Rim,
Base Connector
 & Base



6.8" Tall


Author's Collection
 
 

Photos Courtesy 
  Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates




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Free Hand Vase
FH #707
Special Lot #2005
Cut Crystal Decor


Wheat Decor
cut into
Crystal Base Glass
Applied Green Rim
& Base Connector


9.25" Tall


Collection of Jeff Easton















 Photos Courtesy 
  Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates


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Free Hand Vase
FH #215
Special Lot #1979
Drag Loop Decor


Ruby Drag Loops
on
Colorless Base Glass
Orange Iridescence

Original FH Label


11.5" Tall


Collection of Jeff Easton

 Photos Courtesy 
  Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates

 












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Lead Lustre Vase 

643 - 06 Variant

with Crizzled, Turned Out/Down 
Orange Throat/Top




Opal Leaf & Vine Decor
over Dark Green Base Glass
Iridized



9.25"  Tall







 
 Photos Courtesy 
 Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
 

















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Lead Lustre Vase 
643 - 25 Variant

with Crizzled, Turned Out/Down
Orange Throat/Top




Forest Green
Leaf & Vine Decor
over Opal Base Glass
Iridized


9.12"  Tall


Author's Collection

 
















         

       
  Photos Courtesy
 Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates
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This is a rare &
 exceptional example

 

Free Hand Vase
FH#399
Special Lot 2004
 

Rare King Tut Decor
in Green Aventurine 
on Opal Base Glass
Dark Green Applied Rim 
 Orange Throat
Iridized

 9.5" H 


Collection of  
Neil & "Eddie"
 Unger
   

 



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Many examples from the Rabin/Whelden collection were exhibited in 2004/05 at the Museum of American Glass at Wheaton Village and published in the booklet "Glass Threads". 





 Free Hand Vase
#265 
(This example has a cobalt blue base
instead of the opal base pictured in
 Special Lot #1990)




Applied Opal Rim
Opal Leaf & Vine Decor
Opal Handles
Cobalt Blue Base Glass
Iridized



9.25" Tall 



   Collection of  
Arlene Rabin and John Whelden











 
This is a rare & exceptional example. 

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Some of my favorite Lead Lustre Photos

   




 








 
   





 

 
 

 











 

   











 


   


 


 
   







 






 
   




 


 


   


 


   

 







 


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Lead Lustre Vase




Cased, Cut Top Example
King Tut Decor
in Olive Green Adventurine
with an Iridescent
Orange Lustre Finish



Pale Yellow Green Interior Glass
Opal Outer Layer
Flat Bottom - No Pontil
6.25" Tall




Author's Collection




 




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Free Hand Vase
#306 
 Special Lot #1989



Applied Opal Rim
Opal Leaf & Vine Decor
Cobalt Blue Base Glass
Heavily Iridized


9.0" Tall 


   Author's Collection

(Former collection late Richard "Dick" and 
Mary Ann Krauss of Clyde, OH)


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Free Hand Vase
#426 
 Special Lot #2008





Applied Opal Rim
Opal Leaf & Vine Decor
Cobalt Blue Base Glass




7.0" Tall 





   Collection of 
Neil & "Eddie"
 Unger






Note the large pontil. No doubt  
to provide extra stability/balance
to this top-heavy piece.


 



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Lead Lustre Vase

 Shape Number 643

Hitherto Unseen Decor

9" Tall

                  This is a very special  Lead Lustre example                   with two "first time seen" characteristics:

- Vines but No Leaves

- UV Reactive Greenish Ground 





Collection of  Warren
Gallé


Rare & Exceptional 
Example
 












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Free Hand Vase
Lily Pad & Vine Decor 
FH # 327
 Special Lot # 2006
7.0" High


Rare & Exceptional
Example



Cobalt Blue Base Glass
Opal Lily Pads & Vines
Opal Applied Rim
Uncommon Base Connector
Original FH Sticker








Collection of  Jeff Easton

 




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Free Hand Vase
#533 
 Cut Crystal / Cut 25


Applied Cobalt Blue
Rim & Foot


11.0" Tall 



   Collection of  Jeff Easton 
 



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  Free Hand Candlestick
FH # 234
11.0" High

 
Special Lot # 1986


Blue Drag Loop Decor 

Opal Base Glass
Blur Drag Loops
Light Orange Iridescence
Cobalt Blue Applied Base
&  Top/Wax Catcher

Original FH Sticker

Collection of  Jeff Easton
   



 



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 Free Hand Vase/Bowl
FH # 392


 
Special Lot # 2004




Cobalt Blue Glass
Opal Lily Pad & Vine Decor 
(Slightly different Lily Pad treatment
from those found in SL # 2006)

Opal Applied Rim

6.0" High 






Collection of  Jeff Easton




 




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Spurious L. C. Tiffany Signature. 

Ground pontil mark at the center
 
of the unsprayed circular area.

 Free Hand Vase
FH # Unknown

Same Decor Colors as FH 323
 in 
Special Lot # 2000


Cased Glass
Opal over Green
Green Leaf & Vine Decor 
Orange Iridescent Overspray

7.5" High 

Collection of  Jeff Easton



 








Only one example with these decor colors shown in the Salesmen's Catalogue pages  (Special Lot # 2000, FH 323) and the first shown on this website, i.e. green decor with orange overspray  -  rare.



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Lead Lustre monochromatic examples come with eight documented exterior colors.Those exterior colors are dark green, canary yellow, orange, brilliant blue glaze, blue, gray, opal with yellow-green iridescence and mulberry. 


Here below are three examples of undocumented Lead Lustre monochromatic colors.
   














The example above is a true representation of
 the canary yellow decor but the actual color
is more of a "grey poupon".


 

Left to right:
 - Gold/orange exterior spray as opposed to a canary           yellow external layer of glass
 - Dark green external layer heavily infused with mica           chips
 - No external spray/lustre, opal/white single layer of glass


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Free Hand Flaired Vase

FH # Unknown


Same Shape as FH 358 in
Special Lot # 2000

Transparent Cobalt Blue Glass
Opal Lily Pad & Vine Decor 
& Opal Applied Rim
Iridized

8.75" High by 5.00" Widest
 FH Label + Part of Original 
Stock/FH Number Label




Collection of  Jeff Easton

 
   




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Three Imperial Lead Lustre vases,
6 to 9 inches in height. All documented shapes but with undocumented "abstract" decors.
 



Author's Collection


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Free Hand Bowl
FH # Unknown

Same Shape as FH 714 in
Special Lot # 2005

Transparent Cobalt Blue Glass
Opal Leaf & Vine Decor
& Opal Applied Rim
Rainbow Iridescent Overspray

7" High by 8.5" Widest

Collection of  Jeff Easton
   








 


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Free Hand Basket
(very rare)

Undocumented Number
 Drag Loop Decor 
Shape 186

Deep Red/Cranberry Decoration on a Clear Body
Orange Iridescent Lustre
Applied Deep Red/Cranberry Rim & Foot


11.00" Tall 

    Collection of  Jeff Easton 

 
 




 


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Free Hand #706 
Vase - Cut Crystal
Cut 27

Applied Yellow-Green Rim & Foot
(Rare Color)

11.5" Tall 


   Collection of  Jeff Easton 

 



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EXCEPTIONAL & RARE EXAMPLE

 

Free Hand Pitcher


 Decor & Shape
Undocumented


Blue and White Marbleized Glass
on an
Opaque White Body 
Orange Lustred Throat



9.00" Tall 



        Collection of  Jeff Easton 




 


   

 
This piece first appeared in the 1971 publication IMPERIAL GLASS by Richard & Wilma Ross. Mr. Ross believes it to be "one-of-a -kind". In 40 years of collecting, I have never seen another, so Mr. Ross is most likely correct.



 

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Lead Lustre Vase


 Shape Number Not Known

Decor #31

9" Tall

This appears to have begun as a Lead Lustre Shape #623 vase (9.75" tall) that has had the rim turned down/out. Not part of regular production and the only one seen to date.


Collection of  Jeff Easton
   


 

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Free Hand Vase

 "Pulled Feather" Decor 
Undocumented

Blue Decoration on an Opal Body
Orange Iridescent Lustre
Applied Blue Rim
Original FH Label


11.00" Tall 




        Collection of  Jeff Easton 




 
   


 Rare Example
(Only Three Seen to Date)

 

   


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 Free Hand #384
Compote - Lily Pad & Vine Decor  




Blue Lily Pads & Vines on an Opal Body
Orange Iridescent Lustre
Decorated Stem & Base



4.00" Tall by 5.75" Widest Diameter

Rare Shape
Exceptional Example



Special Lot # 2007




        Collection of  Jeff Easton 



 



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 Lead Lustre 643 - 06
Pale Blue Satin Lustre

9.00" Tall



Great Shape - Great Decor





 

Photos Courtesy of Muzarts on eBay

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Free Hand #360 
Bowl - Leaf & Vine Decor  


Opal Leaves & Vines on Cobalt Blue Body
Applied Opal Rim

Double Doped

First with a metallic salts spray producing a multi-colored/rainbow iridescence and then a second metallic salts spray of iridescent orange

4.75" Tall by 8.75" Diameter

Original FH Label



   Collection of  Jeff Easton 

 






 


 
 




Some Examples of  the Use of  Metallic Salts

 
John T. Gordon "had the formula for the lustre"(Richard & Wilma Ross, Imperial Glass, 1971). This was the formula used to make iridescent glassware. Gordon worked for Imperial from about 1915 until his death in 1930. In a tribute after his death, it was said of Mr. Gordon "By this man introducing the dope ware system at Imperial Glass Works, many men were given work . . . If it had not been for Mr. Gordon's effort, our work would not have been so good. But he has gone on to his reward . . ."  

Glassworker Cliff Vogt (Imperial Glass Encyclopedia, Vol.II, page 366)

 
 FH 331 Bowl

(Not Iridized)

 FH 264 Bowl

(Iridized - multi-colored/rainbow effect)

 FH 360 Bowl

(Double Doped - multi-colored/rainbow iridescence and then a second metallic salts spray of iridescent orange
   




 




Below are examples of some lustres used by Imperial:

 

All of these vases are essentially identical to the blue and white vase on the left, with light, medium and heavy orange iridescence on vases 2 - 3 - 4 respectively.



 
 Iridized Metallic
 

Yellow - Green Lustre


 


Pale Blue Satin Lustre


 
Iridized Metallic

Multi-Color/Rainbow Lustre


Iridescent Glossy

 Apricot Lustre


 

 Iridescent Violet Lustre


 
  Pale Blue Satin Lustre 


Metallic Orange Iridescent Lustre

 

    Clear Satin Lustre 

 


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Uncommon & Attractive Palette

The interior is yellow green. The exterior is olive green.The Leaf & Vine Décor is very light yellow green.There is an overall finishing spray of multi-colored/rainbow iridescence.



Lead Lustre Vase

 Neither Shape nor Décor Number Known


Cased with Cut Top

Flat Bottom/No Pontil 

Similar form to the 771 Shape examples

but taller at 8”

 

 




Collection of  Jeff Easton 

 



The multi-colored/rainbow lustre is 
best seen above & below.



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 Lead Lustre Vase


No Known Shape or Décor Numbers

Cased Glass with Cut Top

Flat Bottom/No Pontil

Blue Base Glass - Opal Outer Layer

Blue Leaf & Vine Décor

Light Gold Overspray with

 Purplish Iridescence

7.5” Tall


Beautiful Example


Photos Courtesy James Spangler

 



 



 
 



 

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Free Hand #394 
Bowl - Drag Loop Decor 


Blue Drag Loops on Opal Body
with Light/Medium Orange Iridescence

Heavy Orange Iridescent Interior

Three Cobalt Blue Applied Looped Feet
and Applied Cobalt Blue Rim


4.75" Tall by 7.9" Diameter

 


Photos Courtesy Rosecrest Antiques


   

 



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Free Hand 
Undocumented  Number




Lilly Pad & Vine 
Decor
Yellow-Green on Off-White
Iridized
  Cut Top
  6.5" Tall


Photos Courtesy
Woody Auction
 
 






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