This is a very decorative kerosene oil lamp. It is also larger then most similar composite lamps. The font has a lovely all over pattern that really compliments the hand painted stem, the embossed brass collar and connectors and the patterned foot. There is a definite floral theme to this antique lamp. The opaque glass stem features a hand painted dogwood motif with a pale blue background.
At first we thought the stem on this antique oil lamp was glass but closer examination has shown that it is actually glazed redware. This is the first glazed example we have seen. It is decorated with finely detailed oriental style transfers of swallows, cherry blossom and bamboo. The brown tones of the decorations add to the subtlety and appeal of this antique glazed redware stem kerosene lamp.
The name of the font pattern for this antique oil lamp is Panelled Fern. It dates to the 1870s and was made with a variety of stands from all glass to a marble base with brass stem. It is interesting to note that the pattern was also called Hammond when it was made at Sandwich. The stand used with the Panelled Fern font for this lamp is black painted cast iron and the pattern compliments the font nicely.
The lovely tapered timber stem of this oil lamp sets it apart from other composite kerosene lamps we have seen. The “Privet Leaf” font with its simple design and roughened finish add to its elegance and appeal. Another different feature is the black extended collar. Generally they are brass or nickel rather than black.
A redware stem oil lamp was cheaper to produce so cheaper to buy. The downside to this type of stem is that the paint often wore off with use. We believe this is what happened to the stem of this lamp and it has been repainted with a black marble effect.
This is an early oil lamp (circa 1860s) with a ruby flashed font and marble base. The font is clear glass with a thin flash, or overlay, of ruby glass. The font has then been etched to remove the ruby glass outer layer to create the lovely patterned bands.
Originally, this antique redware stem lamp would have had a scene or some other decoration painted on the stem. This type of stem was cheap to produce making attractive lamps that anyone could afford but the down side was that they weren’t very durable. The painted decorations were known to wear off if they were handled a lot and they were also known to chip.