This is a rare 1930s Art Deco Abraham Lincoln lamp made by Pompeian Bronze Co. who are best known for their exceptional bookends. Pompeian Bronze items were made using the difficult and costly bronze clad method in which the metal was deposited electrically on a plaster or ceramic figure that had a metal electrode implanted. This used costly materials and took considerable time, but it produced some of the most highly detailed and most desirable bookends & other items that are much sought by collectors today. This lamp uses that same technique to portray the President flanked by columns with fasces and with an eagle behind him - all powerful national symbols (The facscia is also found on the American dime where it symbolizes strength through unity). Lincoln himself is standing in a pensive pose with one hand holding a document possibly meant to be the Emancipation Proclamation. Behind him rests the original frosted glass panel. Also the lamp retains it original porcelain socket and cover with a 1910 patent date. The lamp has been recently rewired with a new cord with in-line switch, otherwise it is all original. Near mint condition: 1 tiny spot on the pedestal but no damage: no cracks or tears and with its original unpolished patina. Signed on the back (Curiously misspelled, perhaps due to lack of space as the signature fills the entire area). A substantial piece weighing over 5 lbs. Lamp works perfectly. Stands 11.5" high by 9" wide at the widest part of the shade. Fresh from a local estate where it has resided since new. This is one time when "rare" is appropriate. You probably won't find another like this offered anywhere.
Item ID: RL1119
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