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Webb Fairy Lamps - Alexandrite & "The Corolla"

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Posted 7 years ago

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In regards to fairy lamps, Thomas Webb and Sons are best known for their Burmese. There are, however, several other glass types produced by Thomas Webb.

In 1886, Webb registered a "reverse drape" design (shown in blue and pink). This design was commissioned by Samuel Clarke and marketed as fairy lamp model 150, also known as "The Corolla". It came in several colors, blue, brown, yellow, & salmon. It was marketed with a matching quadrafold base (shown in blue). The pink example is a marriage on a Clarke lamp cup mounted on the crystal standard of unknown manufacturer.

The Alexandrite fairy lamp is exceedingly rare. There is no positive evidence to confirm the attribution to Thomas Webb but, in my opinion, it is very probable that Webb produced this shade in very limited quantities, c.1902. Of course, the Clarke clear lamp cup and cystal standard were produced by someone else.

Clarke commissioned many different glass makers to make specific parts (lamp cups, standards, bases, shades. etc.) for his fairy lamps. In many cases he allowed his customers to "mix-n-match" as they saw fit.


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