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AMERICAN LAMPS: MY GRADUATION GIFT TO MYSELF

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Posted 2 years ago

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Alfredo
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It was April 1974. A friend was waiting to take me to the bus depot in Binghamton the day after having successfully defended my dissertation.
I was in a reckless, top-of-the-world mood. So when we passed an Antiques store with lamps on the window, I asked him to stop. I was already planning on a gift to myself.

But I was in for a disappointment. All of the lamps were obviously new, or outright fakes, with outrageous prices. As we walked around making comments, the owner kept after us. finally, he blurted: "Where are you from?" I answered I was from NYC. He aswered: "I think I have a New York style lamp in the basement. Would you like to see it?"

We walked downstairs in total darkness. He seemed to know where the lamp was, for he went straight to it and turned it on. And my heart jumped for joy. I decided to pull a Callas Tosca: " Cuanto? Il prezzo!" And he told me. The lamp would cost a month's rent (rent at that time, it is).

So, I bought it. He packed it in two huge boxes, which I would carry on the bus with me, one on my knees and one under the seat. I made a phone call confession to my partner: "Go wait for me at the terminal. I just spent the rent money on a lamp". He paused. "Don't worry. For you to have done that, it must be very beautiful".

So, we did find money for the rent, and I have had the lamp for 38 years. The top has two lights, and the bottom also lights up. It is 22" to the top of the shade, which is 18" in diameter. It exhibits a chipped surface with reverse enameling of pansies on a yellow and purple ground. No marks, unfortunately. I made a vow it would always be placed my my side, and there it has remained.

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  1. officialfuel officialfuel, 2 years ago
    Awesome lamp!

    Michael
  2. nldionne nldionne, 2 years ago
    what a beautiful lamp and even more beautiful story!!!
  3. LoetzBuddies LoetzBuddies, 2 years ago
    Is that my WMF Ikora vase sitting on top of the TV ? I didn't notice it was missing.
  4. Alfredo Alfredo, 2 years ago
    Unfortunately, we now have a flat TV. The Ikoras have been moved. . . . .
  5. ozmarty ozmarty, 2 years ago
    Beautiful lamp and great History...
  6. Justanovice Justanovice, 2 years ago
    Lovely lamp - and a lovely story, made me well up a bit - what a great partner - knows you so well!!
  7. Lisa-lighting Lisa-lighting, 2 years ago
    What a beautiful panel lamp. I have seen a lot of these with paneled bases and shades to match. I can't think of one however that compared to this lamp. The pattern and colours ..... Yum!
    I will try to find the maker for you. I'm thinking Miller or Pitsburg but please don't quote me. I am unsure but hopefully I will be able to figure it out.
    It sounds like it won't matter a bit though it's real purpose is to light up some wonderful memories and to make you smile. What is more important than that?
    Sincerely,
    Lisa
  8. AmberRose AmberRose, 2 years ago
    Wonderful love story.
  9. inky inky, 2 years ago
    This is just so beautiful! and with a memory to boot!...:-)

  10. Alfredo Alfredo, 2 years ago
    Thank you all. This lamp is not an object. it is my inner landscape.
  11. jamdan2k jamdan2k, 1 year ago
    Love your lamp! I'm very confident this is Pittsburgh. There is a similar lamp being offered from Jeffrey S. Evan's Auction lot#723 on Aug 24, 2013.
  12. Alfredo Alfredo, 1 year ago
    I cannot thank you enough, Jamdanak. I went searching for Pittsburgh lamps and found not only one like mine, but with a differet decor, but one identical to my other reverse glass painted shade with a Fall scene (I call it my "Binghamton Autumn" lamp, which I have on a Fulper gunmetal base).
  13. jamdan2k jamdan2k, 1 year ago
    Glad to help out!

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