Styles and Makers
Antique Handel Lamps
For most 19th-century Americans, the year 1876 was noteworthy for marking the centennial of their young nation, which was struggling to implement the policies of the Reconstruction Era after the previous decade’s bloody, yet largely unresolved, Civil War. Against this troubled backdrop, a celebratory Centennial Exposition was held in Philadelphia, where the Declaration of Independence had been signed 100 years earlier. The exposition offered...