This is a beautiful pair of true mantle lusters and designed as intended with closed bottoms for actual use as oil lamps. These have brightly colored hand enameled florals on all sides and additional decorative enamel work down the stems. The amber colored crested edges were hand applied as well and the old cut glass prisms are in place but there is some chipping to the sharp cut edges of the prisms( this is very common and occurred when the prisms moved or swayed and bumped one another). Lusters have always been beautiful decorative items and have never fallen out of favor especially in Victorian decor - for that reason they were continued to be produced as decorative pieces only long after they were actually made for utilitarian use. These older ones were made with real intent and the closed bottoms are important to note because this feature enabled them to hold fuel. From the top you can see a hole or opening which is not just where the oil poured through but also where a wick was placed. This wick was usually a paper of sorts(sometimes cloth and wood combination) which was folded tightly in an odd zig zag and pinched manner. That paper wick was then used as a torch to light all the other valid light and heat sources in the home. These are likely of Bohemian origins and are in brilliant condition. 11 1/2 inches tall and approximately 7 inches across the top. Price is for the pair
Item ID: 08-1170
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