Saturday, March 26, 2011

To the Lighthouse......Lamps

 Kristen recently purchased this amazing pair of Lighthouse lamps from a charming elderly Italian couple. They, the lamps, always make me think of Virginia Woolf's book.."To the Lighthouse" one of my favourites. Anyway it is rare to get a pair. There are several different incarnations of these iconic deco lighthouse lamps, these ones are very heavy.
 The details such as the steps and chain around the top are very endearing I think. They are missing their round white glass shades that should go on the top. They had in their place the ugliest 80's ornate things...(crime on lightshades type of light shades) like the ones that you still see on those 3 pronged ceiling lights. I should have shown you, but they went in the bin, super fast!!
                                                                 Don't you love the details?

                                                 And the way the windows light up when it is on?
Kristen told me that the wife said to him in her thick, charming, Aussie, Italian voice, very emphatically "They are antique.... over 200 years old!"  Kristen said to her jokingly he didn't even think Thomas Edison had yet been born 200 years ago. The husband said "No they are only 100 years old" . A little closer. People often think old equals Antique, or if it belonged to Grandma that it has to be old....sometimes it is not worth explaining to people that Grandma may have bought it only the year before she passed away.Though these lamps would date from the 1930/40's. Hope you have a lovely weekend.

21 comments:

  1. Katherine my nana had one of these, I wonder where it ended up. Hope your having a good weekend. See you soon. Sandy xx

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  2. Wow, what incredible lamps. How amazing that they light up the window.

    Hope your Saturday has been a good one, Tam x

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  3. These are just gorgeous! Love them.

    Pam x

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  4. o wow thats why i love blogland i see things i have never seen or heard of before ;-) those are enchanting, they look really beautiful lit up at night and almost have a romantic feel to them, dee x

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  5. fantastic lamps full of details and a story to tell, even if they are'nt quite 200 years old

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  6. I LOVE them never seen any like that before.

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  7. I never seen any like them before. Interesting.

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  8. It's kind of funny to see them. We have lots of old lighthouses here and there are tons of touristy like lamps. Yours are much more beautiful.

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  9. These lamps are just brilliant! What a quirky bit of decor!!!! x

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  10. So beautiful,I hope you're keeping them.Great for a home with boys!

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  11. Hi
    Will you be selling these online or in your shop? My husbands grandmother had one with the round white shade and I think she had sailing boats or a lighthouse painted on the shade. It is one thing I would have loved but it went to one of his sisters.

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  12. Hi,
    I have one of these and it has the original lightshade. I love it. My father bought it at an auction in the early 1960s

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  13. I just inherited one ... Can you reccomend someone in Melbourne to restore it? And what would be its value approx?

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  20. 1940's Prime Minister Ben Chifley had one of these lamps. It still works and is still in his house at Bathurst in NSW. The top though has a traditional lighthouse design rather than a big light bulb and shade.

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