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    Posted 9 years ago

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    I found lamp this weekend at a junk shop locally. I believe it to be a newel post lamp from 1876, to celebrate the nations centennial. This was originally a gas fixture. Anybody seen one of these before?

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    1. Lisa-lighting Lisa-lighting, 9 years ago
      Yes, I grew up with a pair of these. My parents had them sprayed and drum shades added. I think they are still up in the attic. I do not think that ours were gas originally but I'll take a closer look at them. I like figural gas lamps. I have a small collection of them. Three pair and one single. Oh and two little cigar lighters that are now electric lamps. I didn't convert them they were purchased that way.
      May I ask what makes you think your lamp was a newel post piece and how you arrived at the date? I am always eager to learn.
    2. toronado, 9 years ago
      Thank you for the comment Lisa. I would love to see a picture of your lamps. I had a friend with me, who is quite knowledgable about gas lighting, when we found it. It was his opinion that it was originally a gas newel post fixture from the 1876 centennial. However, the base seems a little big for a newel post to me. It could be that it was an early electric, because they were made that way as well. I am always open to suggestions. Do you know where and when your parents got them? I would be open to any information about the lamp. Also, would like to know if you would be interested in selling the ones that you have.

      The base is damaged on mine. I looks like it once had a pipe coming up thru it. Also, his hand has a hole thru it, as if he is holding something. I thought it would be a gas shade holder.
    3. toronado, 9 years ago

      I am facinated that you collect art shades. I would like to see a picture of your gas lamps that you collect. I collect and refurbish gas lighting. I only do this for myself as a hobby. I have gas fixtures in almost every room. Most of them are functional. I used my bedroom swing arm fixtures when the electric was out during our recent hurricane.
    4. toronado, 9 years ago
      Another clue, there is a hole in the base that looks like a 3/8 inch iron pipe went thru (typical size of gas pipe).
    5. toronado, 9 years ago

      There is a similar lamp on Ebay now. It looks like a reproduction of my lamp. Interesting!
    6. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 2 years ago
      Its actually a french theme sculpture which had nothing to do with America's Centennial. Made in France, the boy or man figure was often used in sculptures depicting industry with a wheel beside him. There was often a lady used in these matching sculptures without the eagle. They were made to about the early 1900's, and I have seen the eagle used also in their themes.
    7. toronado, 2 years ago
      Thank you, Latencio6126, for liking my lamp. I don't see any reproductions on Ebay at this time, but I just did a brief look. I don't have time tonight to look very far, but I did find a couple of similar lamps on the web. They are not identical to mine, but appear likely to be from the same maker. I will list them below:

      Notice that the face and hair, of the figure found in these lamps, looks very similar to the face and hair of the figure in my lamp. Since acquiring my lamp, I have, on occasion, seen these lamps advertised. Apparently, there is also a female figure lamp to match, as well.

      I plan to do more searching tomorrow, when I have more time.

      I am not really interested in selling mine. However, tomorrow, I will do a deeper search on the web to see if I can find one listed.
    8. toronado, 2 years ago
      On second thought, the lamps listed in the URL's in the above post may be reproductions. My lamp is silver with a black wooden base and the lamps in the URL's appear to be a colored metal. My lamp is in very good shape, except for a chip out of the wooden base, but it has appropriate signs of age.
    9. toronado, 2 years ago
      Letencio6126, is this something you would be interested in? Found it on Ebay tonight.
    10. toronado, 2 years ago
      Doing a search on the web tonight, my lamp appears to be a Moreau lamp. Letencio6126, you may want to put Moreau lamp in the browser and look at the images. You may find something you like.
    11. Latencio2648, 2 years ago
      Toronado, I feel very grateful ???? You really made my day. You’re very kind; we can all benefit from more people like you in the world. Aside all things lamps, if you ever want a pen pal, feel free to reach me, my email is ???? have a nice day ???? ????
    12. Latencio2648, 2 years ago
      Those question marks were smiley faces... I wonder why emoticons don’t show up as such =)
    13. toronado, 2 years ago
      Hi Latencio2648, thanks for your kind words. I hope you found some lamps you like. When I acquired mine, I did a search on Ebay and found a pair (male and female), similar to mine. That has been a number of years ago. I have not looked much since that time because I have many interests and I guess I moved on. I collect gas and electric fixtures. I have an extensive collection, but none of them worth big money. Probably my best one (maybe worth quite a bit) is a hanging jeweled gas fixture that I have hanging in my bedroom. Jeweled fixtures are hard to find and coveted by collectors. I have only seen three in my days of collecting in New Orleans. I have a jeweled table lamp, as well. The other one was too expensive for my budget.

      I will write to you at your email address later, as I have a number of things to get done today. Best, toronado
    14. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 months ago
      They used a lot of wooden bases back in the day and they were often painted to simulate marble. A lot of the wooden base ones were in the department stores and sold to about 1920 or so. A cheaper way and usually lighter weight than the metal bases or marble bases. I love finding the old pics of some of these in pics of department stores back in the early part of the 20th century in particular.
    15. toronado, 4 months ago
      Thanks for your comment.

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