Has some scuffing of glass on top of glass dome (no breakage). Numerous hanging crystals measuring 3 ½ each.On and off switch on the cord. This is an authentic all American antique hand made and hand. Cut leaded crystal glass table lamp.
It's very heavy and very solid. It's a beauty and I have not seen any like it. Would be great for a collector, for your home, condo, upscale rental, a hotel lobby, a dinning room, a very posh bedroom, upscale office waiting room. Will need to take off the prisms and wrap them separately (they are very easy to put back on).
America's Brilliant cut glass. Is appropriately named, for that is literally what it is. The cutting is brilliant because it is sharp and deep, reflecting light from highly polished surfaces.
It is deep because it was made from leaded crystal that was beautiful in its clarity even though thick enough to be cut in high relief. Imaginative designers improved upon traditional motifs, arranging them in varying ways to provide for optimum reflective surfaces. American Brilliant Period cut glass was the end product of talented, resourceful craftsmen who capitalized on new glass technology, using new cutting methods made possible with electric powered cutting tools - all at a time when beautiful handmade articles were more appreciated than their machine made counterparts. Unlike potters, weavers, basket makers or furniture craftsmen, who usually design and make their art objects while working alone, cut glass is the end product of a number of people, all of whom must work to the highest standards of perfection to create an object of exquisite beauty. Making Leaded Crystal for Cut Glass.First, the formula consisting of silica, potash, lead oxide (and perhaps other ingredients) was melted in a'monkey pot', or furnace, until the temperature reached 2400 degrees Fahrenheit, at which time the red hot, molten glass (called "metal") was ready to be worked. Four workmen were required to work each glass pot. The first, called the "gatherer", collected a ball of molten glass (called the "gather") on the end of his blowpipe, a hollow tube about four feed long.
He blew air into it, let it cool a few hundred degrees, and then rolled it on a metal slab called the'marver to permit the glass to consolidate. Next, the "gaffer", who was seated in an armchair, blew the "gather" into the desired shape. His assistant, the "servitor", reheated the glass when it cooled too much, and helped the gaffer add stems, feet, handles, or other parts to the piece, as required to finish it. The fourth member of the team, an apprentice called the "carry in boy", lifted the finished item with pinchers and carried it to the "lehr", or annealing oven, where the piece was gradually cooled to room temperature. It could take as long as nine days in the lehr for cooling to occur without risk of the piece shattering before being ready for cutting.
Once cooled, the "metal" or "blank" was simply a smooth, shaped piece of leaded crystal, without decoration of any kind, that was now ready for the next team of craftsmen. The Process of Cutting Glass. When the blank was brought from storage for cutting, it was first marked by a designer with outlines of the decoration. Cutting was begun by the "rougher", who held the blank against a rapidly moving, beveled, metal wheel, kept constantly moistened and cooled by a fine stream of wet sand dripping from an overhanging funnel. He followed the designer's marks, making incisions by pushing the glass down against the wheel.
He was blind to the contact of the wheel with the glass, except for what he could see through the glass - looking from inside to outside. He learned to judge the dept of the cut simply by the sound of the wheel and the "feel" of the piece in his hand.
Various sized wheels were used to make the many different sized cuts required to complete the design. Next, the piece went to the "smoother", who went back over all the rough cuts with stone wheels called craighleiths. The smoother also initially cut some of the small lines on the motifs, as indicated by the design.Finally, the "polisher" finished the piece by polishing each cut with wooden wheels made from willow, cherry or other softwoods. Rottenstone or pumice was used with the polishing wheels to give a lustrous appearance to the cut, leaving no imperfections on the gleaming surfaces.
Early in the Brilliant Period one cutter did all cutting on a single piece. Since changing wheels to accommodate various sizes and depths of cuts could occupy sixty percent of a cutter's time, American assembly line methods were quickly adapted by the glass cutting industry. Each cutter was given a different sized wheel, and by passing a piece from station to station, productivity was immensely increased.
Imagine, if you can, the true craftsmanship required from every member of the manufacturing and cutting teams for cut glass of magnificent quality and unsurpassed beauty to have emerged, and to have become the unchallenged best in the history of the art form. I include high resolution pictures of each item for you to examine (use the magnifying tool).
Glad to answer any questions. The item "Antique Table Lamp & Domicile Shade American Brilliant Cut Leaded Crystal Glass" is in sale since Tuesday, November 3, 2020.
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