Bohemian Cranberry Cut Overlay Hand Enameled Mantle Lusters Pair. They are in absolutely pristine condition.
12.5" High x 6" Round. Bohemian mantle lusters are glass Victorian candlesticks with dangling prisms. It was considered the height of luxury during the Victorian era to own at least one set of mantle lusters for display on mantles, sideboards or tables. Mantle lusters are characteristically ornate, colored glass pieces with variations in height, design, decoration and prisms. Mantle lusters have been made all over Europe and North America, but the Bohemian varieties were made in the Czech Republic.
Look for dangling prisms to verify the mantle lusters are authentic. Bohemian mantle lusters will have at least one row of prisms around the perimeter of the piece. While one row is most common and two rows are a rare find. Rarer still, up to five rows of prisms have been known to encircle the edge of the mantle lusters. Bohemian mantle lusters will vary in the number and length of their prisms.
The length of the lusters depends on the height of the whole piece. The lusters were thought to project more light as they dangled outside the candle area. Examine the base of a Bohemian mantle luster as it should be shaped like a pedestal with intricate curves. The stem of the lusters will vary in width. Some will be thin and narrow like that of a wine glass while others are thicker or wider with deeper grooves and curves.
Examine the glass of the mantle lusters, as it will vary in color and clarity. The colored glass varieties can be found in red, green and blue tones. Milk glass was also commonly used.
The glass was etched, painted, enameled and gilded in ornate patterns. This item is in the category "Pottery & Glass\Drinkware & Barware\Decanters".The seller is "david33634" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.