Cranberry Opalescent Glass Christmas Snowflake Hanging Kerosene Lamp

This example is both a reproduction (shade) and a fantasy (base). No hanging ceiling lamp base like this, either kerosene or electric, was ever made during the Victorian era. A maker's mark won't be found on this lamp, but it sprang from the L.G. Wright design department in the late 20th century. Like other creations from this company this lamp was specifically intended to look just like a real antique lamp. And it does look the part suspended from 3 chains attached to curved decorative handles, with a reproduction shade made by Fenton in Northwood's old Cranberry Christmas Snowflake pattern. But these lamps aren't particularly old, and they certainly are not 'rare.'

The metal used in making these lamps was rather thin, with arm attachments that are not exactly industrial in strength. It's doubtful lamps mostly intended to be interior decorations would survive the normal actions of actual use, including having the font hold the weight of liquid kerosene on an extended daily basis.

By now many of Wright's lamps have seen a couple of decades of handling, so they may exhibit losses and some patina from use and wear, furthering the illusion they are older than they really are. Don't be fooled. L.G. Wright was a prolific producer of many different kinds of lamps, from fairy and miniature lamps to plume, table and banquet lamps. Fenton often made the glass pieces, so expect the quality of the glass parts to typically be high. Although L.G Wright is no longer in business, two large reproduction wholesale companies bought the Wright's glass molds when they closed at the end of the 20th century. So more items like this are sure to appear on the market over time.

The entire lamp measures 22 inches tall and 13 inches wide. By itself, the shade measures 10 inches tall and 7 inches at the widest point.

Item ID: 2007RP000452

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