Q&A on Collecting: Mystery over lamp still burns
Anne McCollam: Answers readers questions about antiques and collectibles.
Mystery about lamp still burns
Q: Enclosed you will find a photo of a clear glass whale oil lamp. I believe it is the pressed glass diamond pattern, and it is very heavy. It stands 10 inches high and 4 1/2 inches wide at the base, which is six-sided. I recently bought it for $117.50 from an antiques shop in Connecticut. The dealer told me it is a Sandwich Glass Co. lamp. I have the Sandwich Glass Co. book on whale oil lamps and there is a diamond pattern one, but it doesn’t look like mine. Hope you can solve this mystery.
A: Whale oil lamps were first made around 1818 by The New England Glass Co. in Cambridge, Mass., followed in 1825 by The Boston and Sandwich Glass Co. in Sandwich, Mass. Blakewell Glass...
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