Posted 4 years ago
Imperial art glass is completely documented, thanks to James Measell's massive three volume encyclopedia. Freehand was created by a shop of Swedish glassblowers in the 20's and was Imperial's top line.
1. My very first piece, mistakenly bought as Loetz. Only much later I would find a faint imprint from what had been a paper label.
2. Found upstate NY. A classic shape.
3. Luckily, I have a photographic memory. It showed up as Czech iridescent, as did the pair in the next photo!
Much of what is sold as Freehand is really Lead Lustre, which was made of much cheaper bone ash glass. If the pontil is chalky white, it is Lead Lustre.