I was browsing in Northern Lights in Manchester, VT and — as a lover of antique lamps — I was fascinated by your book,”Antique Lamp Buyer’s Guide, 2nd Edition.” Flipping through the pages, I found myself looking for the style of this lamp I’ve had in my family for as far back as I can remember (it came from my grandmother originally, but I’ve no idea how it came into her life). Looking at your photos, I wondered if it might not be a reservoir and burner Astral or Sinumbral lamp (page 15 of this book).
I’ve been searching on and off for years to find a replacement for the cracked upper half of the globe on this lamp — it was shattered when I was a child and my dad swung his coat over it and down it crashed (I thought my mom was going to leave him then and there!), but I’ve had no luck. At this point, I would just welcome some kind of top that would fit — it wouldn’t have to be a perfect match! This lamp is alabaster and the cracked top darkens the light it can give off and it’s just such a shame.
I’ve attached 3 photos I took of it and I’d be so grateful if you took a moment to peruse them. If you have any thoughts or any contacts of yours you would share with me that would be helpful in my search to replace the shattered upper half of the globe, I would be most appreciative.
At any rate, thank you for your time. All the best to you…
I’m sad to say that I can’t give you any leads on where to find another globe for your lovely antique lamp. Maybe another reader perusing this blog will have some information for you, but in the meantime I will say that looking at the base of your lamp– I do not see where there is an oil reservoir (unless it is hidden within the bottom half of the globe) and thus I think it is an early electric light made between 1915 and 1930. (Does that jive with the timeline of ownership in your family?)
Wishing you continued enjoyment of your inherited treasure.