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I found this white, blown-glass, 8 3/4" lampshade. It is painted on the outside in a primitive style. The top opening is 3" and has a metal ring that is either brass or nickel-plated. The bottom edge of the shade is polished, not ground. My guess is that it is made to sit directly on the chimney of a kerosene lamp; it is light weight. There are no abrasion marks on the paint indicating it ever was held in a fitter. Does this seem correct? Any idea of the date? The last picture shows the shade with a light on the inside.

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While Handel Lamps are customarily reverse painted and much more ornate, you can see how your lamp shape could rest easily on top of a center piece to the base and be part of a regular table lamp.

Handel Reverse-painted Table Lamplighting, Connecticut, Handel table lamp on fluted base, shade reverse and obverse painted with pine trees, Meriden, Connecticut. Chipped ice glass shade, patinated metal base, two sockets. Shade signed Handel 5345 with US patent and tamps to collar Circa 1920-1929Handel table lamp has dome shaped shade that is obverse painted with wild flowers surrounding the entire shade. Flowers are done in pink, blue and yellow with brown, green and gray leaves extending from bottom to top of shade against an acid textured white background. Signed inside rim "Handel 6931". Shade rests on a Handel base with vertically ribbed foot and stem. Base has a 3 socket cluster and heat cap with square cutouts. Signed on the underside with impressed block letters "Handel". Sh...

Most of the hurricane shades seem to have that "ruffled" top of them, if they are not globes.

In terms of the maker?  That is still a mystery to me.

Hi Jeremy,

What you have is an obverse-painted shade, meaning the decoration is on top rather than inside (then it would be reverse-painted). You might want to explore "Pittsburgh" P.L.B.&G. Co. as a possible maker. I have a larger shade with similar primitive decoration and the blue halo top that I think might be Pittsburgh. Without a lamp base, however, it may not be possible to ever know for sure.


Thank you both for your replies. My shade does bear some resemblance to the Pittsburgh shades, and I will continue to investigate this. I can't figure out how it would be held onto a typical lamp base, however, as there is no lip at the top of the shade. How would a fitting be attached to the metal ring to allow the shade to be fixed to the lamp stem with a finial? I can't find any pictures of the underside of a similar shade to see how it would work. That's why I thought it was meant to rest on a chimney. The chimneys on my lamps are plain and I think it would work (even if it's not the correct way to hold the shade). I'm away from home, though, so I can't try it out--it works with a wine bottle!

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So I take it the ring at the top of the shade fits over the aperture disc and is held by a lip on the disc. Then the heat cap fits on top of the metal ring on the shade. I guess now I will have to look for a Pittsburgh lamp base.

This is what it looks like on my late 19th century kerosene lamp. I guess it's completely wrong, the shade being about 30-40 years later than the lamp and meant for an electric lamp; however, I don't think it looks bad this way. The second photo is with the lamp lit.

I think it looks great....whatever works for you...true art is what you want it to be.

Thank you for the vote of confidence, Molly. I'll probably leave it like this for now, but I like for things to be authentic, so if I find an appropriate Pittsburgh base I may switch the shade to that.

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