Photo by Gavin Ashworth
These oil lamps were made in the early 19th century. The fonts of these two, one with green glass, and one with clear glass, may have been made at Sandwich Glass Company, in Massachusetts. The shafts and collars are brass, and the bases marble.
Wherever they were made, they are definitely American.
The design on the glass is that of the Shield and Stars. Our family is very history minded and we all love this American symbolism.
The Federal Shield with Stars is again represented in the small gutta percha picture frame. It is my aim to find more items with this theme. Wouldn’t this make a nice collection to be displayed in a man’s den or office?
All three items rest on the book shelves of our front parlor in Church Hill……no, I will not put glass chimneys and brass fittings on the lamps. I like them just the way they are…and will allow no one but myself to touch them!!!!!
I found both lamps in an estate sale in Norfolk, Virginia. The photo and frame was from my brother’s estate. It is not a family heirloom, sad to say!!!
What better centerpiece for the fourth of July table then these objects provided dinner is served in a proper dining room!