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L. E. Smith green glass moon and stars finger oil lamp

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    Posted 4 years ago

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    This lamp is 12" tall. Thrift shop find today, for $8. It has a Plume & Atwood Thomaston marked #2 Eagle burner. It appears to be unused. At first, I thought it had been restored, due to the putty visible around the collar, but I found the same thing on unused L. E. Smith lamps on ebay. The shade is thick glass, so woe be unto he/she who breaks their shade. I'm sure a generic replacement shade will work, but it would probably be really loose. Judging by what I see on ebay, the alignment of the knob for turning the wick up and down is all over the place on these lamps. The knob is very near the handle on this lamp. Still, a very nice lamp.

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    1. Newfld Newfld, 4 years ago
      Beautiful lamp, great green & love the Smith moon & stars pattern
    2. kwqd kwqd, 4 years ago
      Thanks for comment Newfld! I have 20, or so, oil lamps, but my first finger lamp and I've been wanting one. Nice to find one from an old American glass company.

      Thanks for loving my lamp

    3. truthordare truthordare, 2 years ago
      Hi Kevin, I don't have it hand yet, the hardware seems very similar in size and form with your's, but the chimney's upper rim crimped form is different, mine has deeper and longer crimps, and the glass seems a darker green color. Will add more to the post when I have it and let you know.
    4. truthordare truthordare, 2 years ago
      I have just seen both versions of the rims, the colors are green or blue or amberina, which I am linking here, with another rim treatment.....
    5. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thanks for loving my lamp! Yours does look darker green than mine but the rims are the same on both. I double checked mine. It is just the angle of my image that makes the rim on my globe look more shallow. I probably took my images with the camera on my phone which distorts the periphery of the objects in the frame. I do see that there are more shallow rims from your link, though.
    6. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      I added another photo that better shows the actual shape of the shade rim on my lamp. These are molded shades, two piece mold, I think... My current phone camera really only likes natural light, and the image is not great, so I may try for better images tomorrow....

      I like finger lamps, too, but they can get heavy when filled, if too large. This size, and the fairly thin glass of the LE Smith lamps, is a good compromise. I have some that are too heavy to carry around when empty.

      Link to your post for reference for future readers so they won't have to search or it...
    7. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Good sized finger lamps:

      Finger lamps that are just too large:

      Duncan & Miller:

      There are three sizes of the Duncan & Miller "finger" lamps, all are common, and the one shown in the post above is the smallest. It is made of thick, heavy glass and is unwieldy even when empty. The next two larger sizes, which I also have, are way to big and heavy to use as finger lamps.

      The D&M lamps use #3 burners and the LE Smith lamps use #2 burners. The Fostoria is I think, a #2 burner. I would have to dig it out to confirm that. There are a lot of very manageable finger lamps that use #2 burners. I guess it depends if you are just collecting or want to use them as finger lamps... I use mine. I have found smaller is better for finger lamps if you want to use them as finger lamps. I only use them to move from place to place and to use briefly, not as a steady source of light. I have some modern Lamp Light Farms "Made in China" finger lamps with #2 burners that are just the right size and weight to actually use. There are probably lots of smaller vintage lamps that use #3 burners and are not too heavy...
    8. truthordare truthordare, 2 years ago
      Kevin, my lamp is the same as yours inclusign hardware, and detail on the wick key, Thomaston Conn.
    9. kwqd kwqd, 2 years ago
      Thank you Jenni!

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