RECENT PHOTOS - Updated 11/20/2017

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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

No Known Shape or Décor Numbers


Cased with Cut Top

Flat Bottom/No Pontil 

Similar form to the 771 Shape examples

but taller at 8”

 

 




Collection of  Jeff Easton 

 





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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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Special  Lot  #1977 Examples
Pale Blue Drag Loop Decor
with a Clear Satin Lustre
(creates a Steuben-like Verre de Soir look)


 FH 169
FH 135 
 FH 139
FH 127 


FH Undoc.



FH 154 


FH 162 



 
FH 213


FH  Undoc.


FH Undoc.
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 Free Hand 

Undocumented  Number
(Special Lot # 1977 Treatment)


Pale Blue Drag Loop Decor
with a Clear Satin Lustre
(creates a Steuben-like Verre de Soir look)


10.5" Tall




Collection of Dave Kingsley & Duane Moulton







 



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Six Free Hand examples with red leaf & vine  decor can be found here on this website.
This is a very beautiful and not often seen decor.

   






 
 

   

 
 



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Free Hand
Undocumented  Number
(Shape 214 - Special Lot # 1977)


Onion Skin Effect
Iridescent Orange Lustre
 Red Pedestal & Rim
13.25 Tall


Collection 
Wayne & Pamela Balash













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Free Hand #154 Variant
(using Lily Pad technique
 on the Drag Loops)

Special Lot # 1977 



Pale Blue Drag Loop Decor
with a Clear Satin Lustre
(creates a Steuben-like
Verre de Soir look)


11.25" Tall


Collection 
Wayne & Pamela Balash



 
   

 

 






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Collection 
Wayne & Pamela Balash
 
Free Hand 
Undocumented  Number


Lily Pad & Vine Decor
Heavy Orange Lustre
7.5" Tall


Very Rare, Unusual
Clear Base Glass








  

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Strong Color
 
Free Hand 
Undocumented  Number


Spider Webbing
Heavy Rainbow Metallic Lustre
11.25" Tall




Collection 
Wayne & Pamela Balash

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Free Hand 
Undocumented  Number



Red Leaf & Vine Decor
Applied Blue Rim - S
calloped Top  
8" Tall



Collection 
Wayne & Pamela Balash


Exquisite & Rare
   


 



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Four  Lead Lustre
Marbleized Vases


Left to right: 619 - 11, 618 - 11, 415 - 11 and 655 - 21

Decor 11:  Blue with opal swirled effect, green satin interior, satin lustre all over.

Decor 21: Blue with opal swirled effect, bright orange interior, not iridized.

A wide variation of marbleized effects/ variations are shown here, from 
light to dark and less "mixed" to more "mixed" colors. The 619 - 11 piece has an undocumented blue interior while the others have the documented satin green/blue and the orange interiors. The 618 - 11 example has satin lustre sprayed unevenly, with sections of the lower half not sprayed/iridized.
   

Author's Collection




 


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These two pieces have a highly unusual two colored Leaf and Vine decoration 
 (white "leaves" but  blue "vines").  They are the only two documented examples of the Leaf 
and Vine decor where two colors are used. They are both part of Special Lot #2000.
   






 

 
 

                         Free Hand # 324 

5" Tall



Author's Collection




 Free Hand # 325 

9" Tall 




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Lead Lustre 623 - 06

9.75" Tall






 

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 Free Hand #109


Lustre Glaze

12.5" Tall


Part of  Special Lot # 1978



 

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 Lead Lustre 3762 

Undocumented Decor
(Canary Yellow & Gray Crizzle + Orange)

3.5" Tall by 10.5" Wide







 
   

 



   


 

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Lead Lustre 3761 - 06
6.75" Tall



 

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Lead Lustre 417
Undocumented Glaze
8" Tall







             Author's Collection


This might well be a lustre glaze as
used / found on Free Hand examples. 


 

 



 

 
 

From the collection of Gary Senkar comes this
Lead Lustre 655 vase with a somewhat similar
glaze treatment to the example above



 
 


 

 



Here is another example from Gary Senkar's collection of a vase with a somewhat similar lustre glaze / surface treatment. It has a 622 Lead Lustre shape but bears a Free Hand label.

 

                    Here is a FH 189 example and a FH 57  vase, both with lustre finishes.

    
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 Lead Lustre 419-05


Profuse Metallic Flakes
(throughout the green outer layer)
11" Tall

Very Rarely Seen

Author's  Collection





 



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Lead Lustre 415 - 6
with Crizzled Throat


Photo Courtesy of Jeffrey S. Evans Associates
Collection of Audrey and Joseph Elsinger
 


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A grouping of Lead Lustre 418's:
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 

 


 
 
 
 
 
 

 




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                                                          Photo Courtesy of                                                             James D. Julia Inc.

Lead Lustre
418 - 20
11" Tall

Wheel Cut 94 
&
Abstract
Decor



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Additions / corrections welcome: ernest44maryann@gmail.com


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 From the Collection of

Frank W. Ford

FH # Unk  (FH 186 Shape)
11" Tall

Baskets are the rarest Free Hand shape

           

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I just added a "How It Was Made" section (reproduced here) to the III. General Information page of this website. The information in this new section came from an Facebook discussion thread I initiated on the Art Glass Collectors Group page. Many, many thanks to glass artists George Machart, Jim McClure and Brent Sheehan for their invaluable input and expertise. Any comments, corrections or additional information is welcome. You can reach me at ernest44maryann@gmail.com 



 
Click on this LINK to see a two minute video by George Machart on how a contemporary "Leaf & Vine" vase is made. Free Hand pieces would have been made in much the same way as George Machart made the vase in his video. Unlike the video, some Free Hand pieces were "doped" (sprayed while hot with metallic salt solutions) to produce a lustre or iridized finish. Occassionally pieces were double or possibly even triple doped and,of course, some examples have applied feet, bases, handles, etc.

Note: To produce an Imperial Lily Pad & Vine decor the small globs of glass seen in the video being flattened and then shaped into leaves/hearts would have first been rolled in a different color of cold glass chips before being added to the vase.


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  FH Leaf & Vine Decor
Not Doped


 FH Leaf & Vine Decor 
Doped/Lustre Glaze




FH Lily Pad & Vine Decor 
Likely Double Doped


Lead Lustre pieces were blown into a metal paste mold or possibly a wooden mold saturated with water (both produce a necessary steam "cushion" between the glass and the metal/wood mold), as opposed to being free blown by a skilled artist as demonstrated by George Machart (you can however see George use a wetted wooden cup/tool to help shape his vase). Decorated Lead Lustre pieces would have had the decoration, e.g. small glass globs for  "hearts/leaves" and thin glass threads for the "vines"  or "drag loops", applied to the amorphous larger glass gather before going into the mold (much glass "decorating" is done before the vase is formed).

There are a large variety of lustre glazes found on Lead Lustre pieces - such as those shown below 
(these are my names for these lustres):


  Lead Lustre Example
Not Doped


Lead Lustre Example
Pale Blue Satin Lustre

Lead Lustre Example
Iridized Metallic 
Yellow - Green Lustre  
 

Lead Lustre Example

Glossy Light Orange
Lustre

(over blue & white glass)



Lead Lustre Example

Metallic Iridized 
Mirror Blue Glaze
(multi-color highlights)
 


Lead Lustre Example

Iridescent Glossy 
Apricot Lustre
 

   Lead Lustre Example
Opal & Blue Marbleized Glass
Pale Blue Satin Lustre



 Lead Lustre Example
Iridescent Orange Satin Lustre
(over opal & blue glass)
Lead Lustre Example
 Olive Green Adventurine & Opal Glass 
Iridized Metallic 
Violet Silver Lustre

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Free Hand Compote







Iridescent Colorless Glass
Opal Leaf & Vine Decor
Cobalt Blue Rim & Tall Stem
Unlisted Shape
 
10.5" tall by 8.25" wide at the top







Collection of Richard Fenton







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     All Three Lead Lustre
Marbleized Decors

(Shown on the 655 Shape)

 
   LL 655 - 11

Blue with opal swirled effect, 

green satin interiorsatin all over





Examples also found with
 bright orange interiors 


 LL 655 - 14

Blue with opal swirled effect,

green satin interiorcoated with green 

iridescence

Morphy  Auctions

Examples also found with
 bright orange interiors 


  LL 655 - 21

Blue with opal swirled effect,

bright orange interior, not iridized



Examples also found with
green satin interiors




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First time pictured on this site and the first time in "captivity". Is it the Loch Ness Monster? Is it Sasquatch?   No, it's the (until now) elusive Lead Lustre 376 Bowl.  Since this site was established in 2009, I have searched for a photo of one. Thanks to Gary Senkar, I now have it & can share it.




Lead Lustre 376 - 40 Bowl
4.4" High by 8.6" Widest







Collection of Gary Senkar



 
                       
                   The base is smooth, i.e. it is NOT like this below:  

NOTES:
  • Smaller than described in Imperial documentation (5.25"H by 10" W) & not as flared. Size variations are not unusual, they occur frequently.
  • The "40" decor (opal with yellow-green iridescence) is best seen on the photo of the bottom,  left.
  • Imperial documentation suggests there are at least two other decors.
  • There is one other Lead Lustre bowl shape, shown below:     

  • Both bowl shapes were sold as console sets, as well as separately.

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Free Hand Threaded Vase

   


Unknown Production Number
11" Tall
"Reverse Saucer" Base
Iridized
FH Label 



Another variation of this vase





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Rare Lead Lustre
Sales Catalog





To the right is an internet screen print photo of the front page of this catalog. This catalog pictures 15 examples of Lead Lustre glass as shown just below and on pages 476 - 478 of the Imperial Glass Encyclopedia, Vol. II



This is a never before seen  photo of the front page.




 

 

Details of Note:

  • Called "Jewel Trial Lot" not Lead Lustre at this point, but described as "lead glass".
  • Priced wholesale at $66.00 for thirty pieces (two each of the 15 examples pictured), less a $4.75 discount, plus $1.25 for the shipping barrel equals $62.50 or $2.08 each piece ($25.00/dozen as shown). Discontinued/close out sales beginning in 1926 cut these prices by 50% or more.
  • All documented Lead Lustre shapes and decors are not shown in the catalog below, e.g. no candlesticks or bowls, no Leaf & Vine decors and only five of the eight monochromatic decors.
   

 

 


Thanks to Gary Senkar for this enlarged photo:

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FH 233 - 10 " Tall


Part of  Special Lot # 1985. Opal base glass. Orange Mirror Finish. Cobalt blue rim and base. 



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LL 623 - 60


Mulberry Exterior 

Bright Orange Interior

Gold Decoration

9.75" Tall


   This example's decor is
"one off" 
  (not made in regular production).

Author's Collection








I have seen one other gold decorated Lead Lustre example.It's at the Imperial Museum.
It's pictured here, third row down, center.







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