Archive for the ‘lamp’ Category

“Loop” pattern oil lamp, c.1875

Thursday, April 8th, 2010

An EAPG (Early American Pressed Glass) kerosene oil lamp in the “Loop” pattern, made of flint glass with finger loop and brass ferrule. Measures 6 inches high.

The round glass base was replaced with an unusually shaped square replacement, beautifully made.

This is what the lamp looked like with its original base, burner, wick and chimney

Photo courtesy of LennyFran

“Sawtooth Diamond” oil lamp, c. 1850

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

This pressed glass whale oil lamp in the “Sawtooth Diamond” pattern measures 9-3/4″ high. It has a brass collar and was made of flint glass, most likely in New England in the mid 1800’s.

Mass produced molded pressed glass was made to look like more expensive, hand made cut glass.

Most likely, an itinerant tinsmith or tinker in the late 1800’s fashioned a round base to repair the broken lamp and make it usable again.

The oil lamp pictured below in the “Excelsior Variant” pattern shows what the original base on my lamp might have looked like.

Photo courtesy of Brey Antiques

Art deco lamp, c.1938

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

I love this American “machine age” metal lamp, found at a newly opened antiques shop in upstate NY. It sits on a side table in my bedroom and is one of the few pieces from my collection that I use often. The lamp dates from the late 1920’s and measures 18″ tall. The coffee tin with key wind lid is dated 1938.

A truly inventive solution to recycling a discarded coffee can and replacing a damaged lampshade all at once.

The pierced top of the “shade” allows the heat from the bulb to escape, as well as cast a lovely pattern on the ceiling.

Sandwich glass oil lamp, c.1840

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

This “Sweetheart” pattern whale oil lamp was made by the Boston & Sandwich Glass Co., Cape Cod Glassworks, and by other manufacturers in and around the town of Sandwich, Massachusetts. I have come across dozens of oil lamps with inventive repairs, as they were used daily, often moved, and frequently broke.

The conical tin base, made by a tinsmith, replaced the original glass base and has been filled with weights to ensure the lamp does not fall over and break again. Lamp stands 9-1/4″ high.

This is what the complete lamp looks like with its original, more ornate base intact.

Photo courtesy of Pavilion Gallery

American whale oil lamp, c.1830

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

A free blown clear glass whale oil lamp, made in America in the early 1800’s, measures 7-1/2″ high.

As lamps were used daily, it is not unusual to see examples with replacement bases, such as this simple one made of wood.

This similar oil lamp still has its original elaborately molded base.

Photo courtesy of Comollo Antiques

Ripley double finger oil lamp, c.1868

Friday, March 12th, 2010

There are many variations of this double finger oil lamp, made of pressed glass by Ripley & Company in Pittsburgh, PA. This 8″ high lamp has a lovely yellow patina in the oil reservoir from many years of use.

It was not uncommon for oil lamps to snap off at the base. As a result, I have come across many examples over the years with a variety of wood and metal replacement bases.

This wood replacement base was carved in a curious manner.

“Ripley & Co. Patd Jan 7, June 14, Aug 11, 1868” is marked on bottom of the intact base of this lamp.

Photo courtesy of eCRATER