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Arts & Crafts Light Shade Miniature
Painted the color of old copper, this miniature metal light shade from the Arts & Crafts era could have been used as a porch light on a privileged child's playhouse, or it may very well have been a salesman's sample, so popular during the turn of the 20th century. Either way, the design of the hexagonally shaped shade is very detailed, from the pebbled amber glass in each of the 1-1/2" tall Gothic windows to the tiny turned finial at its apex. Measuring only 5-1/4" tall by approximately 2-1/2" in diameter at the base, it rises 2-1/4" straight up before its six sides narrow to the finial at the top. The crenelated edge above the windows is reminiscent of church lighting. The oxidation on the inside suggests that it has been out in the weather at some time, and it has a bit of paint loss, not uncommon for a fixture of that age. The antique glass is in perfect condition. I have not seen another like it, and it has such charm that I think it would make a unique shade for a Christmas tree top (I have shown a photo with a Christmas lamp underneath for example). No matter what its use, this rare piece is intriguing and unusual. Perhaps it has a place on your shelf! Thank you for stopping by.
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