Help identify lamp please

kede341October 7, 2011

I have two of these lamps. They came with small shades that I don't believe are original. I was told they are Mantel lamps. They were hard wired into a fireplace mantel in an old house. A regular light bulb screws into the top.

They are bronze color but under the base they are silver. The details on the lamp(roses and leaves) are painted but seem to be fading in places. There is a small mark on the bottom(see pic) which is a wreath and banner with a N. They also say "Made in the USA" and "PAT ?1-22-21. They are 11" tall and pretty heavy.

I have been trying to identify these for a couple of years. Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Ideefixe

Pretty. No idea as to maker. Does it matter?

    Bookmark   October 11, 2011 at 11:43AM
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calliope

That's what I was thinking. What you may find is that the maker of these might be more in the 'fixture' business than some famous lamp maker. By fixture, I mean this lamp evidently was meant to complement and be built into your house's interior. Have you ever seen an old house with the lamps on the end of the newell posts of a stairway?

I've not seen lamps built into the mantles of fireplaces, but I don't see why not. One of my previous homes, built in the Edwardian era, did have at one time a light built into the post at the bottom of the stairs. So, it may be just a piece of house hardware fixture.

It is quite pretty, btw, and pretty authentic to the dates you mentioned.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2011 at 8:56PM
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lindac

I have seen more than a few houses with hard wired mantle "candle sticks". These look to be maybe 1915 or so....likely white bronze ....an alloy of tin, zinc and ??? often used for cast items.
It's been years....I remember my uncle's house had those mantle lamps....but not with shades but with amber tinted bulbs.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2011 at 12:10AM
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calliope

There is no way they're going to be circa 1915 with a patent date of 1921

    Bookmark   October 12, 2011 at 7:53AM
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lindac

LOL! Well likely not....perhaps they are 7 or 8 years later than I said.

    Bookmark   October 12, 2011 at 9:39AM
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Chemocurl zn5b/6a Indiana

hmmm...per the link below

Application No. US 439286 A filed on 22-Jan-1921
Inventors
CAWLEY ALOYSIUS J

Here is a link that might be useful: Daylight-projecting system

    Bookmark   October 12, 2011 at 9:52AM
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