Getting a ‘Handel’ on a Valuable Lamp & Shade
Every now and again we are asked about items that, at first glance, would be considered to be yard sale material or of just sentimental value. As an appraiser, first impressions of a antique or collectible are important, but must be backed up by proper identification and market research. Below is an item we have […]
19th century glass lamps
To keep light in a home during the 1800’s required the use of oil lamps, for the most part. The glass lamps were functional, put out enough candlepower to light a small room, and served as night lights for the kids.
Aladdin Lamps by Model
The Aladdin Mantel Lamp Co. was established by Victor S. Johnson in 1908. He enjoyed reading about the Arabian Nights series of books while young. As an adult he introduced a particular kind of indoor lamp that produced a rather soft white light and named the lamp Aladdin.
The Collectible Oil and Kerosene Lamp Reference Library
In the collectible world of oil, kerosene, and electrical lamps there is an abundant of detailed books explaining the history, type, color, manufacturer, values and other specific details needed to verify any lamp.
We highlight only a select few here, but there are so many others to consider when starting your own lamp collection.
Origin of the Lighting Lamp
In the arcane world of oil lamps there are considered to be three distinct phases: simple olive oil lamps from prehistory to the 18th century, the Argand lamp created about 1780, and the kerosene lamp created about 1850.
Aladdin Mantel Lamp Co.
It has a long history of providing heat and warmth to generations of families since 1908. Today, many families around the world still rely on the Aladdin Mantel Lamp’s original use as a main source of light, as a secondary emergency source or as its main source of light in developing countries.
Victor Samuel Johnson founded the Western Lighting Company in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1907. In 1908 the company became the Mantle Lamp Company of America. In 1909, Johnson introduced the Aladdin lamp. Although the company has diversified and become as well known for its lunch boxes and vacuum bottles as its lamps, lamps are still […]