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I am told that this Alter piece was used as the focal point in ceremonies and is from “The Order of the Eastern Star”. This woman’s fraternal organization is in some way connected with the Masons. It is both a spectacular lamp and secret society icon. A 12 inch diameter hand painted and etched stained glass star is at the center. Surrounding that are 32 prism crystals that create a 34 inch round illuminated starburst. The lamp stands an impressive 6 foot tall on it’s iron base. It feels edgy and important at the same time but also projects a bizarre presence that is difficult to find without being corny…. SOLD
“Where do you find this wild stuff?” We hear that all the time and not just from customers. We hear it from many dealers we know. After all these years the items almost find us. Pictured above are two perfect examples.
Lamps: Have you ever seen lamps like these? I’m told that these lights were used as wall washers for a muralist. I’m guessing they were designed to flood even light over a large work area… whatever job that may be. Straight up and down they stand 7 foot tall and can raise to 9 foot. The lamp can also tilt and swing in all directions. It’s hard enough to find one… We have a matching pair… $1600 each
Table: This ornate scroll saw table is one of the earliest I’ve seen outside a museum. I’d guess it dates to the period around the “Industrial Revolution”-(1820-1870). The saw most likely ran on steam power with a leather belt. It’s highly decorative cast iron legs and original wood table top make this a real stand out. You just don’t see industrial mechanical furniture with this much character. The original 42 inch x 38 inch wood top has an amazing patina. It’s a look that can’t be duplicated and takes 100s of years and 1000s of hours to produce. It stands 39 inches tall. The machines wood and metal parts are all in working order. I was told that this table originally came from a foundry and was used to make the complex wooden originals used for casting iron parts… $3200
This is an original and untouched 1800’s X-Ray tube stand. The 3 cast iron claw foot legs are signed “Campbell Brothers”. The stand and articulated arm are chunky hand turned fittings. The tightening threads are also wood and a typical detail found on the earliest electrical medical or scientific apparatus. The stand all by itself is sought after as an early and important scientific artifact. We have electrified the stand as a reading lamp by adding a large antique 15″ milk glass shade, brass socket and brass ring. The shade and ring simply hang from the original wood tube clamp. It is totally adjustable in all directions. The brass has a blackened patina. The wood still has a beautiful original finish and the cast iron legs have the original paint…. $2800
Sun/Heat lamps do have a distinctive look. Early examples were mostly found in spas or medical offices and by the 1950’s most were bought for home use. At the time it was thought that concentrated UV light was a good thing. Everyone wore a “healthy tan” all year round but we know differently now. They often feature a generous size aluminum reflecting shade, heating unit or coil. Once a standard light socket is installed they make wonderful and distinctive reading lights.
Why is it that every other request I get is for a scissor lamp? The word must be out and spreading. I’ve always considered this style the quintessential industrial light. They’re simple, unpretentious and very useful. Most are wall mounted but desk and floor models can be found. Examples range from the rough and edgy gas station trouble cages to an elegant and highly detailed brass jeweler’s light… The variety seems endless! Prices range from $450 to $1400.