Happy Thursday, the day for all things old and antique as we celebrate Vintage Thingies Thursday with Suzanne from ColoradoLady! I have saved something truly wonderful for this first true VTT of 2009, and I bet many of the other participants have as well, so be sure to click on over and see what they are showing off.
Before I make you swoon and drool over my amazing item, I wanted to thank everyone who has given me input on yesterday's post about improving my blog. Throughout the coming year, as I work to make things better for everyone, I will have polls and questions, and I greatly appreciate the time you take to give your opinions. Now, on with the show!
This amazing Art Nouveau lamp has been in my dad's family since he was a child. My aunt is 85 years old and she says it was on their kitchen table ever since she can remember. It has been in my parents' living room since the early 1980s, paired with a similar one from my great-aunt Gertie's home.In the fall I was just sitting in my chair one day and thinking about decorating my living room, which has been a slow project since I moved in here 18 months ago. I'd tried two different lamps on the table, and while both worked in their way, a light bulb suddenly went off in my head and I remembered the Art Nouveau lamps at my parents' house, which were the perfect color tones and style, as well as putting off light in the right way for the space.
Most of the vintage pieces my parents have given me have been from the basement, but this was something that was currently in use, so I hesitated to ask for it. Then I realized that they don't even go into their living room, so why did they need lamps in there! (ROFL) I asked my parents to think about it and they brought me this one because it was in better shape than the other, which is a little wobbly on the base. I really wanted to know more about this lamp, so I did some research as I often do, and found out a lot of interesting things.The glass in the shade is called slag glass, and is the most common color, cream/caramel. Slag glass was very popular in the 19th century, when it was called marble glass or brown malachite. The term slag comes from the belief that slag from iron smelting was added to the glass to form colors, especially purples and browns. The metal on the lamp is probably cast spelter, the most common form of zinc, and it is solid, making it weigh about 30 pounds when combined with the heavy glass. It was then painted this golden color, which has chipped off and you can see the spelter below.The flowers and leaves are indicative of Art Nouveau design popular in the 1890s through WWI.The lamp has two bulbs on pull-chains. I have been told by my dad not to worry about the electrical wiring, because he remembers his father fixing it. Please note that my grandfather died in 1951, so the wiring is before that! Other than the wiring, the finial on the top no longer stays screwed on. Right now I've put a little sticky-tack in there to gum up the threads, until I can talk to a restoration person about what will be the right thing to do. I hope you enjoyed my lamp; doesn't it go great in my blue and khaki room? I've been wanting to share it with you since October, but then I got into showing off all the different vintage holiday items! Be sure to check out Suzanne's cute doggy planters and the other Vintage Thingies Thursday participants, and think about joining us next week. You probably don't even realize what treasures you have laying around!