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.
Hello and welcome to the old boathouse. We are Katherine and Kristen, the couple behind the wheel of the old boathouse. We have been buying and selling Antiques and great vintage items for over 18 years. We love anything old and interesting. Here you can get a peek at some of our finds aswell as a little of what is on offer at our shops in Brisbane, Queensland.