WOW! Outstanding Victorian Hanging Library Kerosene Lamp ~ VERY RARE Charles Parker Frame ~ Outstanding Cranberry Opalescent Shade~ Original Condition ~Original Parts ~ Master Artistry ~ It is a CREME DE LA CREME example of late 19th Century American oil lamps.
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This lamp is a CREME DE LA CREME example of late 19th Century American oil lamps. In addition to the Outstanding Cranberry Opalescent Shade this lamp features a Cranberry smoke bell and chimney. In all my years collecting these lamps this is the only one of these RARE lamps I have seen in person. Dimensions (widest points noted): complete lamp is approximately 42" tall and will extent to 68". The 14" diameter shade is approximately 6" tall. This lamp is in great condition with all original parts and the retraction motor is in working order. No condition issues noted! This lamp is still in working oil lamp condition . The prisms on this lamp are wonderfully hand cut prisms with spear tips. THIS IS THE BEST OF THE BEST!!
Charles Parker was born on January 9, 1809, in Cheshire, Connecticut. In 1827, at the age of 18, Charles started making pewter buttons for Anson Matthews in Southington, Connecticut. His wages for the month were six dollars, plus his board. After a year with Mr. Matthews, he worked for Harry and Horace Smith, who also manufactured buttons. In August, 1828, Charles accepted a position with Patrick Lewis of Meriden, Conn., a manufacturer of coffee mills. In 1829, Charles started his own business. He then contracted with Patrick Lewis (his former employer) and Elias Holt to make coffee mills, entering into an agreement to manufacture a certain number of units per month. In 1831 he took in Jared Lewis as a partner in the same venture. In January 1832, he sold his interest in the firm to Jared Lewis, bought some land in Meriden, erected a shop, and went into the manufacture of coffee mills and waffle irons. Lewis & Holt failed in 1833, leaving their market share of mills up for grabs, and Charles seized the opportunity. Toward the end of 1833, Charles formed Parker & White, with his younger brother Edmund, and Herman White. After the financial panic of 1837, the business suffered and was dissolved in 1843. In 1844, on his own again, Charles expanded his facility and added a Corliss eighty horse-power steam engine, adopting the name "Union Works."
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