Pair Vintage Colonial Williamsburg Restoration Glass 18" Hurricane Shades Cw-10 For Sale
You are offerding on a pair of 18"-tall, elegant, vintage Colonial Williamsburg Restoration CW-10 crystal glass hurricane shades. The clear, colorless shades have a width of about 7 1/2". The glass is thick and durable with heavy and beautifully rolled or folded bottom edges.One shade weighs about 4 pounds and the other about 4 1/2 pounds. The outer base diametersare about 6 1/4",and thetops at the rim have outer diameters of about 5 5/8. Both the top rims and the base edgesare fire polished. The top rim of the heavier shade is thicker than on the other. Such variation is to be expected since these were authentically mouth-blown and hand shaped.The shadesare unmarked butare believed to be the Williamsburg Reproduction model CW-10 rather than antiques. Originally such shades were marked with paper labels, most of which have come off or been removed. My understanding is that the older Colonial Williamsburg shades have been made by both the Blenko Glass Company and by the Leerdam Company of Holland. I do not know which made these since the labels aregone.
Originally these hurricane shades were used to shield a candle's flame from being blown out by winds and drafts, while the serpentine shape magnified the light. They are popular today for the same practical reason, as well as for decorative purposes. With candlesticks inside, they make lovely decorations for living rooms, dining rooms and halls.
These fine, beautifully-executed hurricane shades arein excellent, used condition with no chips and no cracks, andthey show wonderful clarity. Careful examination holding the shades up to bright light does reveal some minor signs of wear, such as faint surface rubs and scratches that are not noticeable under normal conditions and are too insignificant to photograph. The glass also has a few minor manufacturing imperfections such as occluded air bubbles that are characteristic of such hand-made glass. On the heavier shade there is a 1/16" x 1/2" longelongated-oval, rough imperfection on the outside surface.See it magnified in the last photo.It probablyresulted from an occluded air bubble extremely close to the surface that did not survive and burst when the shade was made.
I can mail these lovely collectibleshades by either regular parcel post (usually cheaper) or by priority mail (usually faster). For such a large and heavy box (17-18 pounds), regular parcel post would probably be the significantly cheaper way. Insurance is required and is included in the calculated shipping costs shown. I do not ship outside the USA.