Lustres or Lusters Photos

Lustres or lusters (both spellings are used) are glass candlesticks which look like vases with a ring of long reflective prisms hanging from the perimeter. Lustres were made in pairs to sit on the fireplace mantles. When candles gave way to oil lamps, some oil lamps adopted the style of using prisms.

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Luster with red pressed glass center column at Hurlbut-Dunham House. Wethersfield, CT.Red glass luster at French Legation Museum. Austin, TX.Luster at East Terrace House. Waco, TX.Mantle luster at Lewis-Bingham-Waggoner House. Independence, MO.
Luster with red pressed glass center column at Hurlbut-Dunham House. Wethersfield, CT.Red glass luster at French Legation Museum. Austin, TX.Luster at East Terrace House. Waco, TX.Mantle luster at Lewis-Bingham-Waggoner House. Independence, MO.
Luster by Hooper & Co. of Boston on mantle with Adamsesque decoration details in Illinois period bedroom at DAR Memorial Continental Hall. Washington, DC.Cut glass decanters & candle luster on embroidered cloth at Isham-Terry House Museum. Hartford, CT.President James Monroe's Executive Mansion Armchair , center table & oil lamp in Tennessee period parlor at DAR Memorial Continental Hall. Washington, DC.Astral oil lamp by Cornelius & Co. & lighthouse clock made by Simon Willard & Sons of Roxbury, MA in Alabama period parlor at DAR Memorial Continental Hall. Washington, DC.
Luster (1845) by Hooper & Co. of Boston on mantle with Adamsesque decoration details in Illinois period bedroom at DAR Memorial Continental Hall. Washington, DC.Cut glass decanters & candle luster on embroidered cloth at Isham-Terry House Museum. Hartford, CT.President James Monroe's Executive Mansion Armchair (1818), center table (1805-20) & oil lamp in Tennessee period parlor at DAR Memorial Continental Hall. Washington, DC.Astral oil lamp (1849-55) by Cornelius & Co. & lighthouse clock (1825-8) made by Simon Willard & Sons of Roxbury, MA in Alabama period parlor at DAR Memorial Continental Hall. Washington, DC.
Kerosene luster lamp with cut glass shade with American shield at Jeremiah Lee Mansion. Marblehead, MA.


Kerosene luster lamp with cut glass shade with American shield at Jeremiah Lee Mansion. Marblehead, MA.



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