Handel Kerosene lamp

Gorgeous small size kerosene banquet lamp signed on the bottom “P.J. Handel Meriden CT”" and numbered  222/930.  The same mark is shown on page 44 of Handel Lamps Painted Shades and Glassware by Robert De Falco, Carole Goldman Hibel and John Hibel.  On page 46 the authors date this mark from between 1892-1898, which is when the company was just beginning to have success marketing its’ excellent products.  The opal glass on both base and globe are hand painted with chrysanthemum blossoms.    The base has a blown out glass bottom and top.  Both the globe and base have a brass ring at the top.  The inside of the globe is also signed “Handel 930″.   There is a cute little original small chimney made of surprising heavy/thick glass.  There is a small line crack about 1″ long near the base of the chimney.  Of course, this crack is not visible when the lamp is put together.   The base of the brass font was drilled at one point to electrify the lamp.  At a later date, the lamp was converted back to kerosene by covering this hole with a penny (see photo) - a rather unique solution!  The original burner was never altered or disturbed.  The opal glass base has a factory made hole in the bottom.  This would indicate that it was made to be either an oil or electric lamp.  A rare and sweet little lamp.  One of the early examples of the wares produced by one of Americas foremost lamp makers of the period!   Circa:   1895.    Dimensions:   20.5″ H   x   5.5″ Diameter of globe.    Condition:  Excellent original paint and condition with exceptions noted above.    Price:   $2450    


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