LIGHTING 1880-1910

LIGHTING 1860 - 1880


Student Lamp. Nickel on brass, adjustable height, reservoir is canister shape. Kerosene. Made by E. Miller Co. Late 1800s.
Table Gas Lamp. By the middle 19th century many cities lit their streets and homes by natural gas. Acetelyne gas could be produced for home use by late 1800s.
Gladstone Table Lamp. Adjustable to banquet lamp. Nickel plated with center draft. Made by Holmes, Booth and Hayden. 1890 to early 1900s.
Gladstone Lamp. Extended.
Marks Samuels Lamp. Doughnut shaped brass font with center draft and "antique" finish.
Marks Samuels Lamp. Chimney tipped to allow lighting and wick maintenance.
Marks Samuels Lamp. Air flow is optimized through an inner oil tube and an air flow outer tube. The oil reservoir or font never gets hot which prevents the possibilty of an explosion. Patented, San Francisco. May 30, 1871.
Marks Samuels Lamp diagram by Carl Stickney.
Composite Table Lamp. Hand painted milk glass stem with an Illuminator chimney and Ives blue shade. Patented, 1870s.
Spelter Stem Lamp. Flag and shield pattern. Iron base.
Table Lamp with Saturn Ribbed pattern. 1880s.
Cobalt Blue Table Lamp with Coolidge Drape pattern. A lamp with this pattern was photographed with Calvin Coolidge at his grandfather's farm as he was being sworn in as President after President Harding's sudden death. 1880 to 1900s.
Composite Table Lamp. Inverted pear shaped font with green cased glass. Gilded fruit and leaf design and milk glass base with gilded detail. 1860s.
Amber Glass Hand Lamp. Feather Duster pattern. About 1890s.
Copper and Brass Table Lamp. Commemorative from the Spanish American War era. Embossed 'Admiral Dewey's Lamp' with image of the battleship Maine.
Lamp embossed with 'Remember the Maine.' Crossed flags and wreath with anchor design. Base is two pairs of crossed cannons with brass cannon balls which secure the legs to the base.
Copper and brass barrel shaped match holder.
Acetylene Lamp. Fuel was a gaseous hydrocarbon made by the action of water on calcium carbide. Late 1800s to early 1900s.
Acetylene Lamp. Has double reservoirs, porcelain nozzles. Lower one is for the calcium carbide.
Acetylene Lamp. Upper reservoir is for water. A controlled drip from the upper reservoir starts the generation of acetylene.
Tin Container. Used for calcium carbide. Label says: 'For bicycles, autos, and portable lamps.' Made by the Gas Illuminating Co., 405 Broome St., NYC.
Composite Table Lamp. Painted Greek Key Pattern on milk glass font and stem. Two tiered marble base with brass fittings. 1860s to 1870s.
Two Piece Spelter Metal Lamp. Boston & Sandwich Glass Company. Cast fonts were made by Deitz and Iden or may have been imported from France. Cast font is marked J. F. Iden manufactured in 1859.
Composite Table Lamp. Ruby glass decoration on font. Spelter figural stem.
Amber Glass Composite Lamp. 'Thousand Eye' pattern on stem with Diamond and Dot Font and Ruffled Amber Shade. About 1885.
Table Lamp. Ruby glass font with gilded Greek Key pattern. Ornate brass stem with two tiered marble base.
Table Composite Lamp. Nickel plated parts, black cast iron base. Font is etched with Star pattern. Embossed female figure on stem. Chimney is etched and cut with hand crimped top. 1880s.
Composite Lamp. Three fingered shaped pedestal. Made in clear amber and blue combinations. Amber font. Cathedral pattern. 1880s to 1890s.
Table Composite Lamp. Paint decorated frosted font with a Greek soldier bust for stem. 1870s to 1880s.
Cased Glass Font Table Lamp. White cut to cranberry with Moorish Windows pattern and spelter base. Possibly made by the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company. 1850s to 1860s.
Table Lamp. Hard Cider Barrel pattern with a rectangular chimney. 1870s.
Cider Barrel Lamp side view.
Candle Shield. Protects flame from blowing out by wind from open window. Twenty one inches high.
Candle Shield Heavy Glass Beaded Fabric. Added weight to keep the shield in place on windy nights. 1840.
Adams Temple Lamp. Patent dates are embossed on shoulder of the base, July 25, 1882, March 20, 1883. Possible Canadian patent. Informally called Applesauce Lamp and no one knows why.
Adams Temple Lamp. Consists of three parts: font, four pillar base, glass inverted cup. There are a variety of decorative patterns. Patented in US and Canada, 1882 to 1883.
Lady Liberty Match Holder. Holding the torch of freedom.
Table Lamp. Allover Stars pattern in amber glass. Made by Central Glass Company, Wheeling, WV., later the United States Glass Company. 1880s.
Frog Match Holder. Pulling chambered nautilus shell.
Victorian Ladies shoe match holder.
Lady Liberty Match Holders. Blue and amber.
Double Cornucopia Match Holder. Three striking surfaces in amber, color, and clear. Molded. How did they do this?
Corn Motif Finger Lamp. Practical all around household lamp.
Swan Match Holder. Swan towing a sea shell.
Barrie's Table Lamp. Brass connector and milk glass base. Font attached by a bolt through brass connector in the stem and through the font to thread into the base. Method patented by Samuel Barrie, August 24, 1875.
Barrie's Patent.
Barrie's Lamp: parts of the Barrie Lamp. Shell shaped brass connector. Bolt is attached to the bottom of the font. Elongated metal piece with a nut can be threaded on to the bolt from under the base.
The Barrie Patent. August 24, 1875.
Hitchcock Mechanical Lamp. Inside the base was a mechanical wind up motor which turned a small fan blade to provide increased draft for the burner.
Hitchcock Mechanical Lamp. Font, burner and fan blade. Nickel plated brass, burner deflector. Imprinted HITCHCOCK LAMP WATERTOWN NEW YORK Patent, Feb 25, 1868.
The spring drive motor would spin this small fan at high speed for up to 30 hours. Because of the efficiency of the fan, no chimney was needed.
Hitchcock Mechanical Lamp with the mechanical wind up motor inside the base. The spring was wound by turning the hand crank on the bottom.
Top of burner showing patents from Feb. 1866 thru Jan. 1875. Watertown, New York

HITCHCOCK MECHANICAL LAMP "The use of a spring driven clockwork to provide forced draft permitted a larger wick to give more light without necessity for a chimney. The lamp as shown was patented by Robert Hitchcock of Watertown, New York on December 22, 1874, incorporating a series of patented Hitchcock improvements on the original DeKeraven patents of 1860 and 1863. The Hitchcock was the most successful of the kerosene mechanical draft lamps."

Blue Glass Lamp. Match holder base has match striker and groove to hold matches. About 1890.
Miniature Lamp. Cabbage rose pattern with a heavy molded chimney. Originally was painted Goofus Glass colors.
Table Lamp. Opalescent Primrose Pattern that is painted with gold and red. Typical of Goofus Glass. Clinched on collar. 1880 to 1900.
Table Lamp. Heart pattern, medium green glass. 1880 to 1900.
Hand Lamp. Heart pattern, opaque pale green (pre-Jadite.)
Milk Glass Lamp. Painted flowers. 1890s.
Hand Lamp. Pattern molded on inside. Font top was applied later. Patent, July, 1882.
Table Lamp. New York pattern in milk glass. Pattern was introduced at the 1893 Chicago World's Fair. Made by the U.S. Glass Co.
Match Holder. White Owl.
Match Holder. Glass Book.
Match Holder. Spelter metal. Little boy sleeping with basket of grapes.