West Sea Company

18. Lighting & Lamps

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18.80  SHIP’s CANDLE LAMP.   Extremely rare, signed and dated English ship’s cabin lamp of extraordinary quality.  This all brass, hand-made lantern is impressed on its base “BULPITT & SONS BIRMINGHAM 1900” within an oval.  Being of such incredible heft and construction, it is unfathomable why these early makers would invest so much time and material into making such a massive, single candle power lamp!  The 180o crystal lens is mounted into the heavy hinged door with glazier’s putty.  The thick lamp body is cast brass (NOT sheet brass) with numerous ventilation apertures top and bottom.  A spring-loaded clip at the top of the door assures a positive closure while the cast brass clip on the right locks the door closed.  For internal cooling of the wax light source, there is a very unusual ventilation system which consists of a horizontal tube with ambient air openings on the right and rear.  The lamp is complete with its parabolic silvered reflector to maximize light output.  At the heart of this lamp is the clever candle holding apparatus which consists of a vertical bass tube containing a long spring.  The top and bottom of the tube have knurled covers with bayonet twists.  The bottom fits within a heavy brass receptacle at the base of the lamp, while the top allows a candle to push up into a tapered “burner.”  The apex of the lamp has a thick rounded chimney to disperse heat and a very stout pivoting bail handle.  There appears to be no provision for mounting on the bottom or back of this lamp, so it must have been designed to be suspended by its handle for use within a cabin or cargo hold.  But it does have 5 stubby support tabs on the bottom which allow it to aspirate when set on a flat surface.  13 ¾ inches tall by 5 1/8 inches wide, 14 ¼ inches tall inclusive of the handle and weighing an impressive 10 pounds!  Outstanding original condition in all respects.  It retains its original beautiful statuary bronze age patina.  This lamp has been in our personal collection for over 30 years.  While we have seen other types of lamps manufactured by Bulpitt, we have NEVER seen another example of this heft and quality.  117 years old and museum-quality.  SOLD


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18.45  RARE SHIP’s ONION LAMP.   Lovely, very early ship’s globe lantern or “onion lamp” from the days of sail.  This lamp is almost certainly of American manufacture.  It is of all copper construction with its original blown glass globe.  Entirely hand-made, it exhibits neat riveted and soldered joints, punched cruciform vents and a castellated top.  The top and bottom of the lamp are connected by 5 stout copper supports which double as guards encircled by an equally heavy equatorial ring.  The top of the lamp hinges open and there was a provision for a hasp.  The blade is present but the flap is not.   This truly wonderful old lamp measures 15 inches tall (17 1/2 inches overall with the handle) and is 11 inches in diameter   The thick glass globe is wavy with bubbles and inclusions, typical of glass manufactured prior to the Civil War.  One heat crack in the glass does exist which, happily, does not even show from most perspectives.   The font with burner, most likely whale oil, is no longer present.  Lovely form, condition, and age patina with no corrosion.  The biggest and best lamp of its type we have yet come across.  A very rare example of a nicely preserved early marine lantern.  Circa 1850.   595

Copper, an elemental metal prized for its heat conductivity, malleability and resistance to corrosion, was the premium material used by manufacturers of the earliest marine lighting.


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18.77  HUGE SHIP’s MASTHEAD LAMP.   Very impressive all copper and brass German ship’s masthead lamp from the turn-of-the-last-century.  This extra large ocean-going navigational light retains its beautiful molded Freznel glass lens marked with 3 “G”s within a triangle.  The top front of the lamp bears the embossed brass tag reading “TOPLICHT.”  The lamp body is made of heavy riveted copper.  There are 4 cast brass brackets, 2 on each side, which supported the lamp on rods affixed to the top of the ship’s superstructure or mast.  A large copper bail handle is attached to the top for carrying.  That top is also equipped with a hinged, castellated chimney cap to disperse heat and to provide an opening from which to inspect the burner within.  To those ends the lamp is complete with a large copper oil sump (font) mounted on a slide-in tray.  The sump has a threaded brass oil filler cap and a support for its parabolic reflector.  The complex burner is of the finest typed with dual wicks, dual wick advance knobs and built-in snuffer.  It is complete with its beautiful and original crystal chimney marked “ANCHOR BRAND FIRE PROOF” with anchor emblem.  Access is gained through the back by means of the hinged copper door with sliding pin closure.  This massive old ship’s lantern stands 21 ¼ inches tall exclusive of the bail handle, 12 ¾ inches wide at the widest by 10 ½ inches deep and weighs an impressive 16 pounds!  Outstanding condition with no dents, dings or losses and a lovely old age patina.  The Freznel lens is perfect.   895  

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18.76  SHIP’s CABIN LAMPS.   Matching pair of cabin lamps used on an American ship at the turn-of-the- last century.   Both of these solid brass lamps are impressed on their top fronts “ELISHA WEBB & SON, PHILA PA.”   Of finest quality, with riveted brass construction, they are glazed on 3 sides, with the front panels hinged to open and close on sliding pin closures.  Each lantern contains a matching oil font and burner mounted on lift-out copper trays.   The burners, complete with their crystal glass chimneys, have circular wicks designed to produce maximum light.  To theses ends both lamps are equipped with a large circular silvered brass reflector to project the light forward.  The backs of the lanterns contain slots for hanging on the bulkhead and they are equipped with a wire bail handle on top for carrying.   15 ½ inches tall by 9 ¼ inches wide and 6 ¾ inches deep.   Each lamp weighs over 10 pounds!  Due to their unique construction, they do not require mounting brackets -- they are ready to hang.  Excellent original condition with a lovely original age patina.  It is very unusual to find original old oil lamps of this type and vintage which have not been modified by later electrification.  895


Elisha Webb & Son, now incorporated, was founded in 1894 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Still in business, the company now produces heavy marine hardware and marine safety equipment.

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18.75  EARLY SHIP’s CABIN LAMP.   Highest quality 19th century ship’s interior lantern by a Scottish maker.  This heavy duty example is entirely hand-made of solid brass and bears the embossed maker’s label reading “John Phillips & Co.. 17 Anderson Quay Glasgow” affixed to the vertically sliding door.  It is glazed in front and has insulating panels on the remaining three sides.  There are several unusual features.  The slide-out oil font has a handle for this function.   It is equipped with a small threaded oil filler cap with not 1 but 3 vents.  The filler hole is in the shape of a funnel to easily replenishment the oil.  The conical burner hinges back with a locking hasp for servicing the wick.  The burner is aspirated on the bottom with a circular mesh and is perforated on its conical sides for maximum light output.  To these ends the knurled wick advance knob operates the wick.  Cleverly, it can be accessed from outside the lamp without opening the door.   This is accomplished via an aperture with pivoting closure using the wick key on its retaining chain.   An internal chimney, mounted in a track, also slides in and out.  Further, the parabolic silvered reflector slides in and out for servicing too.  The interior of the lamp is double insulated with tin panels.  The upper body is aspirated with small holes on all four sides leading to the cylindrical chimney covered by its hinged cap.  For carrying, there is a folding bail with insulated wooden handle.  The based of the lamp is supported on 4 very sturdy solid brass “feet.”  There is no provision for hanging this lamp on the ship’s bulkhead.  Apparently it fit into a mount specifically designed for it.  As configured it stands very securely on its four feet.  12 ¾ inches tall exclusive of the bail handle, 5 ½ inches wide and 4 3/8 inches front to back.   Excellent original condition with a few minor dents typical of actual shipboard use.  Most lamps of this vintage were either electrified or destroyed subsequent to their maritime service.   It is rare to find one of this age and quality in untouched, original condition.  695

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18.24 ANCHOR LAMP. The largest ship's lamp we have ever offered! This absolutely massive ship's anchor/N.U.C. lamp is fabricated entirely out of the finest quality yellow brass with a thick ground glass Freznel lens. The front of the lamp bears the maker's tag reading, "Nippon Sento Co., Ltd., Not Under Command Light (Oil Use) Class A1 No. 1. Manuf Date 3 / 1978" along with Japanese characters. It has 6 large cylindrical brass guards that support the lamp and protect the glass. It is equipped with an equally heavy folding bail handle at the top and a hinged chimney cover for viewing the flame within. The extremely large font is secured into the bottom of the lamp by means of three thumb screws. The state-of-the-art burner has a cylindrical wick and additional aspiration features to ensure a bright-burning flame. Complete with original large crystal chimney. This lamp stands 24 inches tall exclusive of the bail, measures over 12 inches in diameter and weighs in at 20 pounds. Magnificent original condition with a high polish.Price Request Special PackagingBack to Top


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18.26 LARGE ANCHOR LAMP. Especially nice example of an ocean-going marine lantern from the early part of the last century. This big all brass and copper light is of British make and bears the embossed brass maker's label reading, "R. C. Murrary & Co. Limited Pollockshaws Rd, Glasgow S1". In addition to its maker's tag it has three more applied brass labels. The topmost reads "LAMPADS No. 1907." The largest and boldest tag reads "ANCHOR" below which is a tag stamped "3M". The lovely lighthouse-like Freznel lens is made of very thick glass that gives the lamp a 360 degree arc visible for 3 nautical miles! The heavy duty construction is evidenced by the top which hinges open to expose a large font with double wick burner and original crystal chimney within. The twin wick advance knobs are impressed "Sherwoods Ltd. BHAM" and the burner is equipped with a snuffer lever to extinguish the flames after use. The large oil tank is equipped with a screw-on brass filler cap. The entire assembly fits tightly into its notched receptacle within the lamp, rimmed with dozens of small circular aspiration vents. A brass hasp with hook closure on a chain secures the lamp in front. A second hinged closure on the top allows the lamp to be opened to inspect the flame. The chimney is triple insulated. In use this lamp was hauled up the ship's mast with halyards. To secure it as such, the lamp is equipped with substantial brass bail handles on the top and bottom. These are attached to heavy cast brass brackets riveted to the body of the lamp. This handsome navigational lantern stands 20 inches tall, 11 inches wide at the widest and weighs 17 pounds. Totally complete. All original. Outstanding condition, as last used aboard ship. Certainly one of the finest lamps of its type we have offered. Price Request Special PackagingBack to Top


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18.72   SIGNAL LAMP.  Unusual late 1800’s hand-held American signal lamp boldly stamped “NAVIGATOR’S LAMP” on the front.  We have offered several versions of this type of night signaling device, usually marked “Boat Signal,” or with no markings at all.  But this is the first we seen made for the “Navigator.”  This sturdy little veteran of the sea is made of solid brass with a thick bull’s eye lens which is obviously of early manufacture owing to the bubbles and occlusions in its glass.  The unique function of this lantern was to transmit Morse code.  For that purpose it is equipped with a small brass knob attached to a silvered brass “light curtain” which rotates internally to open and close the light source.  That source is a “wedge-type” burner with wick advance knob marked “E. MILLER & CO., U.S.A.” threaded into its original oil font which seats tightly in the receptacle at the bottom.  For hand-held use this lamp is equipped with two folding wire handles on the back.  In addition it has two separate brass clips for hard mounting to the ship!  The castellated top is designed to disperse heat, while the bottom of the lamp has a single circular vent for aspiration.  The front door of the lamp holds the lens and hinges forward, held by a spring loaded clip, to expose the oil font and burner within.  8 inches tall and 5 ¼  inches wide at the widest.  The base measures 3 ½ inches in diameter. Outstanding condition with a lovely high polish.  The hand-blown lens is perfect, as manufactured.  A scarce, totally original nautical lantern in amazing condition for being over 100 years old!  395

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18.71  SCARCE COMBINATION RUNNING LAMP.  Very early 1900’s all brass American combination port and starboard running light.  This small craft lantern bears the oval maker’s tag on the front reading, “TRADE – TRIPLEX – MARK, Lense Patd. Dec.20 1910, Other Pats P..”  In testimony to this the lamp is fitted with the distinctive red and green Triplex Freznel lenses with bulbous centers.  The back of the lantern has a riveted brass mounting “shoe” which is further embossed “PATENTED APRIL 1st 1913.”  Atop the fluted chimney is a folding bail handle.  The bottom of the lamp retains its original burner and font which screws in with a bayonet twist.  The wick advance knob on the wedge-type burner is marked “The National Marine Lamp Co.”  5 inches in diameter and 9 inches tall exclusive of the handle.  10 ¼ inches tall overall. Complete with rarely found removable brass “light curtain.” Outstanding original condition in all respects.  The brass has acquired a lovely statuary bronze age patina throughout.  The valuable lenses are flawless. 495


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18.66  MINIATURE MINER’s LAMP.   Darling 19th century explosion-proof lamp of British manufacture bearing the oval brass maker’s tag riveted to the front reading, “E. THOMAS & WILLIAMS Ltd., CAMBRIAN No. HS 11145 MAKERS ABERDARE WALES.”  This diminutive vapor tight lantern is of all brass construction with riveted seams and a thick, solid brass base.  The top is perforated with several holes for aspiration and bears a large “S” hook for hanging.  The top connects to the base by means of 5 solid brass posts with the double function of protecting the thick, cylindrical glass lens.  The bottom is equipped with a burner atop the heavy oil sump.  The wick is manipulated by a clever internal “pick wick” controlled from the bottom.  This little veteran stands 6 ¼ inches tall and 8 ½ inches high overall, inclusive of the “S”  hook.  It measures 2 3/8 inches in diameter on the base.  Outstanding original condition with a lovely statuary bronze age patina.  Fully operational!   249

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18.36   GLOBE LANTERN.  Early 1900’s ship’s hurricane warning lamp with a large ruby red  globe.  This fine American-made lamp is constructed of galvanized steel with brass fittings.  The heavy wire cage serves to hold the top and bottom of the lamp together while protecting the precious globe.  The top is equipped with a large brass suspension loop for hanging and the sides have brass eyelets for securing is a seaway.  It is complete with its original all brass spring-loaded “pop-up” font and burner.  The wick advance knob is marked “P & A MFG CO. Waterbury Conn, Made In U.S.A.”  This handsome veteran of the sea is in its original red paint which has acquired a nice old weathered look.  The lovely glass globe is in perfect condition.  695  Special PackagingBack to Top

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“P & A,” Plume & Atwood, was organized in January, 1869 as HBA (Holmes, Booth and Atwood) with the name changing to the Plume and Atwood Manufacturing Company in 1871. The company was incorporated in 1880.  Plume & Atwood produced a full line of kerosene lamps and associated oil burning equipment. Between 1871 and 1912 the company had 62 lighting patents thanks primarily to the company’s namesake, Lewis J. Atwood, who was a prolific inventor.  While Plume & Atwood manufactured and marketed their own line of lamps, they also produced and supplied fittings to other lamp manufactures. For example, P&A made all of the brass parts for the famous Aladdin lamp line through 1963.


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18.58  HURRICANE GLOBE  LAMP.  Authentic early 1900’s American hurricane distress lantern with a ruby red lens.  The classic American design features a galvanized steel body reinforced by six sturdy wire supports which serve to protect the globe and hold the two parts of the lamp together.    The top and bottom of the lamp are liberally aspirated to produce a bright flame.  To these ends the lamp contains its original solid brass font and burner with spring-loaded tabs for insertion in the bottom.  The wedge-type oil burner is marked “E. Miller, U.S.A.” on the wick advance knob.  The top of the chimney is fitted with two brass heat dispersing caps and a heavy folding brass loop for suspension.  The bottom of the lamp is additionally fitted with two folding brass loops for suspension by halyards in a seaway.  14 inches tall exclusive of the ring, 9 ½ inches in diameter overall and the base measures 5 ¾ inches in diameter.  Excellent original condition throughout.  The lovely red globe is perfect.   595 Special PackagingBack to Top


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18.64  HURRICANE GLOBE LANTERN.  Impressive, large all brass ship’s lamp known as an onion lamp or alternatively “watermelon lamp.”  This fine mid-century example is Dutch made with riveted construction.  The perfect hand-blown onion glass globe is 10 inches in diameter and stands 7 inches tall.  It is protected by 5 sturdy brass supports attaching the top and bottom of the lamp.  The brass chimney is aspirated and contains a castellated press-fit top.  Speaking to its quality the chimney is lined with a conical insert of solid copper – copper being an elemental metal which readily transfers heat and resists corrosion.  The top retains its heavy wire bail handle for hanging.  The bottom is also aspirated and holds its large brass oil font which inserts into the base with a bayonet twist aided by a folding bail handle which fits up neatly when not in use.  The high quality burner with knurled wick advance knob holds a circular (not flat) wick which provides more than double wick exposure for maximum light output, augmented by the original fire proof crystal chimney.  This handsome lantern stands 15 inches tall exclusive of the handle and 18 inches tall overall.  It is 11 ½ inches wide and the base measures 5 ¾ inches in diameter.  Absolutely perfect in every respect.  Complete with a brand new wick. 495  Special PackagingBack to Top


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18.63   BRITISH CARGO LAMP.  Authentic, mid-century oil-burning ship’s lantern commonly known as a cargo lamp.  This solid brass light has glass panels on all 4 sides, each protected with heavy protective rods riveted to the lamp body.  The top hinges open for access to the font and burner which slide in on two brass wire handles.  The top securely closes on a brass hasp with wire chain.  The lamp is aspirated top and bottom with numerous vents and a clever system for minimizing the effect of wind on the flame within.  It is equipped with 4 stout cast brass eyelets, 2 on each side, for hard-mounting to the vessel, and also has a large folding bail handle.  The spun brass font retains it original “star-type” burner which hinges open for trimming the wick.  The wick advance knob is impressed with the British Hong Kong manufacturer’s name “Tseng Mei Enterprise Co., Ltd.”  and the front of the lamp is impressed with the serial number “Y491132.”  15 ½ inches tall exclusive of the handle and 9 ½ inches wide at the widest.  19 inches tall overall.  The lamp shows evidence of actual use, but no abuse and exhibits a lovely statuary bronze age patina throughout.  Complete with original hand-blown glass chimney.  Guaranteed NOT to be a repro.  295

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18. 67  SHIP’s CABIN LAMP.   Large, most impressive early 1900’s bulkhead lamp impressed “MADE IN HOLLAND” on the front top.  This heavily-constructed all brass lamp has thick beveled glass panels on 3 sides which are decoratively embellished with hand-cut sunburst patterns.  The front panel is mounted in a hinged door with a sliding pin lock closure on the left.   Speaking to the quality of construction, the sides of the lamp have hinged covers encasing the glass panels, allowing them to be removed for cleaning -- the first feature of its type we have seen.  The interior contains a large brass oil font fitted with an early porcelain electrical socket which accommodates a standard light bulb, while the back wall has a silvered corrugated surface to maximize light output.   The top of the lamp is equipped with a folding bail handle with insulating teakwood grip for carrying.  The back of the lamp has a mounting bracket attached to a stout diamond-shaped reinforcing plate riveted to the lamp body for hanging.  Amazingly, this lamp still retains the original heavy cast brass bracket used to attach it to the ship’s bulkhead!  This imposing example of early ship’s lighting stands 16 ¾ inches tall  (21 inches inclusive of the handle), 7 ½ inches wide on the front,  9 ¼ inches wide on the back, 6 ¾ inches deep and weighs in at 10 pounds.   Outstanding original condition in all respects with no flaws.   The socket is functional and ready to be hard wired.   The brass surfaces were originally polished and now have tarnished in the marine environment to a desirable statuary bronze patina.  One of the loveliest lamps of its type we have ever offered.   869




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18.56  EXPLOSION PROOF LAMP.   Genuine early 1900’s American "flame safety lamp" as used in the confines of ship’s compartments or in coal mines to determine the presence of potentially explosive or deadly gases.  The stamped maker's mark around the top rim of the cover reads, "KOEHLER MFG CO. MARLBORO MASS. U.S.A."  This all brass lantern was not intended to provide lighting.  Rather, the small flame mimicked the legendary "canary" taken into the mines in the 18th century.  When the working environment no longer supported life either due to lack of oxygen or harmful gases, the canary expired.  So too did the flame of the lamp "die out."  What's more, if explosive gases were present it would burn out with a "poof!"   The mechanism behind this was a series of finely meshed brass screens contained within the perforated brass chimney of the lamp.  The lens is made of heavy quartz glass sealed with asbestos O-rings.  The base of the lamp is heavy cast brass and serves as the font for the Naptha (common lighter fluid) fuel.  On the base are the wick advance knob and the spring-loaded lighter which activates a flint near the wick.  The mechanism still works!   This lamp is even complete with the rarely-found locking key which allows it to be disassembled for servicing and filling!  The top is equipped with a stout "S" hook for hanging.  9 ¾ inches tall exclusive of the hook and 3 ¾ inches in diameter.   Flawless original condition with a nice bronze age patina. 395

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18.55   MASTHEAD LAMPS.  Large, very impressivematched set of early 1900's American ocean-going ship's running lamps made by the "Perkins Marine Lamp & Hdwe Co. Brooklyn, N.Y." as embossed on their respective oval brass maker's tags.  This massive, finest quality set is all brass with each lamp weighing over 22 pounds!  Both have their original thick, molded glass Freznel lenses marked "Perko Mould No. 36."  Each retains its original screw-in font (marked "PERKO"), complete with functional burner and crystal chimney.  As configured onboard ship, these lamps hung on vertical support rods secured to the mast or forward superstructure.  To these ends there are four stout brass brackets, two on either side of each lamp, riveted to their sides.   Then, to assist the ship's bos'n in their placement, a folding bail handle is affixed to the top of each lamp.  They are also equipped with hinged lids on the chimney tops to allow inspection of the burners.  These magnificent lamps stand 20 inches tall (exclusive of their bail handles), 13 inches wide and 12 inches deep.  They are in lovely cosmetic condition with a high polish sealed with a durable lacquered finish.  There are a few minor flaws in the lenses, consistent with normal shipboard use.  That noted, the overall condition must be rated at outstanding.   This is without question the nicest matched pair of ship's lamps we have ever offered!  Price Request Special PackagingBack to Top

Required for nighttime steaming under the International Rules of the Road for open ocean-going vessels, mastlamps were displayed in tandem in a line along the ship's heading.  The forward lamp was placed at a distance ahead of and below the after lamp.  Often times this was atop the pilothouse, with the after lamp placed on the mast.  On two-masted vessels the first lamp was placed on the forward mast at a height about 15 feet lower than the lamp on the after mast. The effect allowed an observer on shore or another vessel to visually determine the ship's heading, knowing the lower of the two lights was in the lead.

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18.31   ANTIQUE BINNACLE SIDE LAMPS.  Extremely rare, original American 1800’s matched pair of oil burning lanterns used to illuminate a ship’s navigational binnacle.  The fact that a pair of such scarce lamps has been preserved together is extraordinary.   These solid brass lamps are of the finest hand-made construction using heavy wall materials.  Each has a glazed hinged door with sliding pin closure.  The flared “hat” would have seated in the binnacle hood with the perforated conical chimney exposed.  A substantial pivoting bail handle is present on each bearing the original insulating turned wooden handles.  One of the two of these lamps even retains its original font and burner.  The burner wick advance knob is embossed “E. Miller Co. Made In U.S.A.”  Both lamps are in an amazing state of original preservation with absolutely no flaws whatsoever.  And both have acquired a rich statuary bronze age patina.  They measure 6 ½ inches wide at the widest and 9 ¼ inches tall exclusive of the handles.  The minimum diameter of the binnacle hood receptacle into which they would fit is 4 7/8 inches.  In sum they weigh a hefty 8 pounds!  The condition of these lamps is really extraordinary given their age and the service they were designed to provide, with only a couple of expected heat cracks in the chimneys from actual use.  A giveaway price.  395/pair


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18.34   MUSHROOM BINNACLE LAMPS.  A most unusual offering.  Here is a matched pair of side lanterns used to illuminate the binnacle compass of a sailing ship from the mid-1800’s or earlier!  These all brass lanterns have hand-shaped bodies of brass containing a glazed door with pin closure.  They are double insulated on one side and have apertures for aspiration of the flame on the sides and bottom.  The tops have classic chimneys looking much like a Chinese coolie hat with perforations.  The bottoms bear a sliding lock which engaged the lanterns into the “mushroom”-shaped binnacle hood with a positive fit.   These lanterns are in untouched condition.  Both are minus there original burners, which would be of the whale oil type.  They measure 12 inches tall, 5 ½ inches wide and 5 inches front to back.  The aperture into which these lamps fit was 7 3/8ths inches by 5 inches wide.   Sound original condition showing actual use but no abuse, with expected signs of age.  Nice old age patina to all surfaces.  These lamps are well over 125 years old!  395/pr

 

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18.61 FIGURAL TABLE LAMPS. Matched pair of 19th century American portable table lamps. These all brass oil lamps have a circular base supporting a bulbous brass column on which is mounted the oil font with burner and chimney holder. The circular wick advance knobs are signed “STERN BRO’S N.Y.” and “THE P.&A. MFG Co VICTOR” respectively. What makes these lamps really outstanding are their figural brass dolphin handles. They stand 9 inches tall and 5 ½ inches in diameter at the base, 6 inches wide overall. Excellent original condition showing expected signs of use and a nice statuary bronze age patina. Circa 1875. 895/pr

Stern Brothers was founded in 1867 by Issac, Louis and Benjamin Stern, sons of German immigrants. In 1867 they began selling dry goods in Buffalo, New York. The following year they moved to New York City and opened a store at 367 Sixth Avenue. In 1877 the business moved to 110 West 23rd Street. Outgrowing that facility, the Sterns erected a new building on the same site in 1878. The elegant store was noted for its fashionable clothes and other high end goods. Ladies from all over the country came to Stern Brothers for their Paris fashions. The enterprise was distinguished by its elegant door men in top hats and impeccable service.

“P & A,” Plume & Atwood, was organized in January 1869 as HBA (Holmes, Booth and Atwood) with the name changing to the Plume and Atwood Manufacturing Company in 1871. The company was incorporated in 1880. Plume & Atwood produced a full line of kerosene lamps and associated oil burning equipment. Between 1871 and 1912 the company had 62 lighting patents thanks primarily to the company’s namesake, Lewis J. Atwood, who was a prolific inventor. While Plume & Atwood manufactured and marketed their own line of lamps, they also produced and supplied fittings to other lamp manufactures, in this case Stern Brothers of New York.

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