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.
1920’s Barstow Gas Stove
Looking into a stove located in my mothers home. The marking/tags state that it was made by the Barstow Stove Company, Rhode Island. This stove does still work although it has not been used in a number of years. I would say it is excellent to very good condition. Looking for any information on value that anyone may have.
Electric Kitchen Appliances
The turn of the century saw the popularity of electric kitchen appliances increase to the point where most metropolitan households sported at least one of these modern conveniences. By the 1920s, innovations and improvements were occurring at a rapid pace. The variations designed for small appliances were limitless. Some “firsts” in electrical appliances include: 1882 […]
During the late 1960s and early 1970s it became fashionable for homeowners to convert basements into family rec rooms, often equipped with bars. Most were well stocked with both utilitarian items (shot glasses and ice crushers) and decorative accessories. Objects with advertising are usually more valuable than their generic counterparts. References: Mark Pickvet, “The Encyclopedia […]
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.
Imported Fake Antique Furniture
This weekend I went to a flea market that had an “antique store liquidation sale” in an adjacent building. The building contained numerous rows of furniture. I would guess between 70-100 pieces total. The event was advertised on television and radio as an antique tag sale however; all the pieces were pricey reproductions.
Griswold Manufacturing was founded in the mid-1860s by Matthew Griswold and John and Samuel Selden. Originally the Selden & Griswold Manufacturing Co., Griswold bought out the Selden family interests in 1884. Since then the company has changed hands several times, including being bought by its major competitor, Wagner Manufacturing Co., in 1957. In August 1969, the […]