Mar 13, 2018

Lighting of old

Greetings pals.   Pinterest ... again.
Colonial color and stark simplicity. Love.
Just came from finishing my brother's project and have a few pics to share.  Mark hurt his back at the finish line and is now on ice.  He wanted to get home so I didn't take too many photos.  My obsessive sibling didn't want any taken but I managed to get a few.  I believe he is becoming paranoid.  What a group we are.
One of his cats, Peanut, looks massive in size but she's all hair.  Tons of hair with very short legs, kind of weird, fits in perfectly.  She gained entrance to this room and a disaster would have followed had he not found her quickly since she jumps onto everything.  So now he keeps it locked (shut doesn't deter her) and a plastic cloth over all so if she would happen to jump up again it would slide and knock her off, preventing access to the items.  Plus it helps with dusting the perfectly cleaned and polished glass and brass.
His 1800's lamp collection was off limits for photos except for the few that I'm sharing.  What makes some special to me is the perfectly balanced cutwork and decoration that is inside the globe.  The outside of the glass is perfectly smooth.  Glass does not interest me and I had never seen this before. 
They blew the glass into molds in the 1800's but how did the design get on the inside of a one piece orb like the shell pattern?  Some were two pieces joined together (right), easier to understand.  I know he can explain it but didn't want to spend another 4 hours there.

Most all others have mold pressed designs on the outside or unusual shapes. 
He knows everything there is about antique oil lamps, the burners, collars, wicks, and how to tell age on all.  I don't like to see everything cleaned and shiny, brought back to original, but that's him when it comes to brass.  It's hard to see the globe's shell pattern, one of my favorites.
He has a  nice collection of the diminutive fingerlings also.

 That's it folks!  Chiropractor for us both tomorrow, Carole is no worse.
Have a good week!


Rugs and Pugs said...

Not anything that I've collected, but those glass lamps are beautiful!!!

Anonymous said...

Tell him it is indeed a beautiful lamp, and I don't think he's paranoid at all. Right now I'm struggling with immoral people who don't think there's anything wrong with using apps to invade people's privacy. It makes me so very sad that I really don't know what to do about it. I feel helpless and victimized. You tell him to keep his guard up as far as the internet is concerned. And keep collecting knowledge about the past...

Barb said...

That is an amazing collection. I have never seen them with the design on the inside of the glass. Pinterest gets me too. I am surprised at how many things are in it, even the lake I visited as a child! I hope your DH's back is better soon.

C M Designs said...

Your brother has an amazing collection of lamps. They need to be protected from two legged and four legged "critters".
Thanks for sharing.
I do like to keep two of my Mom's old brass candle sticks polished. Have cleaned some knobs, etc. on furniture but they don't stay shiny very long.
Take care !
Charlotte in Va.

moosecraft said...

Wow! I love oil lamps! I don't remember ever seeing so many 1800's ones all together like that! Beautiful!

Truus said...

Thanks for sharing these pictures of the beautiful glas lamps!
A glas jam bowl I have a bit simular to the second photo but is rose glas and also the motife inside.
Take care both and do hope the chiropractic will help you.
Have a great day.
Greetings,Truus from Holland

3millplainrd said...

Wish you had a picture of that cat. Oil lampsare abundant and prices have fallen, but not for the treasures your brother has. Those are special and will maintain their value.

debbie haggard said...

Beautiful lamps and gorgeous cut glass- just one more thing they dont 'make like they used to'....... Thank you for sharing!

Maggee said...

I like to see older articles from another time...they make me pause and think about how much has changed, who has lived in those times, etc... Waxing nostalgic. Getting older does that! Thanks for sharing! Hugs!

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