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Arts and Crafts Era482 of 605Bronze Arts & Craft period Mission oak Slag Glass Lamp c.1910
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Posted 6 years ago

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I was driving by a construction site, and saw a laborer about to pitch this into a dumpster. Having perhaps more artistic appreciation than this fellow, I stopped the car, rolled down the window and shouted, "STOP! DON'T THROW THAT AWAY- it's MINE!"

Of course, I fairly leapt out of the car and approached the man, and, after a brief discussion of his desire to make a 'bonus' on his wages for that day, bargained him down to giving me the lamp for $10.00, instead of pitching into the dumpster. Whoo hoo! Art is saved once more from the junk pile. Or is it?
I do not have any idea of the origins of this piece, but it certainly cannot be too old, as it appears that it was last in service as a 3-socket hanging lamp.

I have scoured the web, visited antique shops, and until I came upon this site I held little hope that this piece could be put into it's appropriate historical perspective. I think that when a body takes the time to work the iron, embellishing it with some level of skill, and builds it to last, it has intrinsic value. Plus, it has a Spanish/Gothic feel to it which lens itself to a Halloween haunted house motif, and cold also enhance the room when hung from exposed wood rafters, or complement a fireplace.
I value anything which was made with skill and care, and is crafted to last, even if it's not 'my style' or something I ever want to see again. I guess it seems right to say that Art and Craft have intrinsic value to me.

As I am a new member, please break the news to me gently(!) if this is a mass-produced piece, as it seems so unlikely that that could be the case. Of course, we all want to believe that our piece of art is something special, so I shall not feign surprise nor admit discontent if it is common: I merely wish to know what application or use might best be made of it.

Thank you!

The Raging Scotsman

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  1. Hunter Hunter, 6 years ago
    Hi there - it looks to me like the many faux-spanish light fixtures created during the late 60s and early 70s in the US. What size is it? You often see these on lamp posts or porches, but generally only fitted for a single bulb...

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