This antique lamp, when manufactured almost 160 years ago, would have had a spring mechanism that lifts a candle up as it melted. The mechanism was long gone when we found it, and there are none to be had. The shade is original and incredibly old hand blown Bristol style opaline glass. You can see the hand tooling, bubbles and imperfections in the old glass, quite charming. The candlestick itself was braised together in sections, and the base has an interior lead shell to add stability. Of course, because of the advanced age, there are imperfections and dings in the brass, but they don't detract from display and there is no significant damage. Please see pictures for details. We cleaned, polished and professionally electrified the lamp in our shop, using UL listed parts and UL techniques - it is ready for another lifetime of service! We added a felt bottom to prevent scratches to furnishings. You get everything shown, a flicker flame bulb plus a 25 watt clear candelabra bulb. You may want to go with a lower wattage, 15 watt bulb to keep the look understated. LED type decorative bulbs of course will work as well. Thumb wheel switch on the cord, near the base - cord is nice and long so it can easily find its place in your home. We think it is best with the flickering candle bulb! This is a historic, wonderful lamp that speaks to a time well before gas and electricity were common in the home, and candles and oil lamps were still in common use. (Gas lighting didn't come it to wide use in homes until the 1870s, though was used for street lighting very early in the 19th century.) Rarest yet, it was designed with a colored shade, very uncommon for the time. Ancient accent lighting! Measures an impressive 18 inches tall with the shade in place.
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