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Post by TJH on Fri Dec 25, 2009 7:36 pm

There are a couple of unique items posted by the same seller on eBay -- both described as fairy lamps. Anyone know anything about these pieces?

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The top one attributed to Stourbridge intrigues me the most

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Post by Admin on Sat Dec 26, 2009 7:02 am

Several companies made floral candle lamps including Loetz, Harrach, and John Walsh Walsh. I think the top lamp with the "root" foot can be safely attributed to John Walsh Walsh. An effort was made to identify these lamps some time ago. The information obtained so far can be found at:

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I thought I had some Walsh catalog pages showing the unique "root" foot but, I can't seem to be able to locate them right now. But, I'll keep looking and post them if I find them.

This is a really nice candle lamp. It is too bad several petals are broken. That said, it would still make a nice addition to a fairy lamp collection. You are not likely to see another one any time soon.

The second floral shade is a gas or electric lamp shade. The waisted fitter is a dead giveaway. It is very often mistakenly identified as a fairy lamp shade. There are contemporary versions of this shade available but this example appears to be antique.
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Post by TJH on Sat Dec 26, 2009 8:27 am

Thanks Jim!

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Post by Admin on Wed Dec 30, 2009 9:32 am

I have found a Walsh registered design that illustrates the "root foot":

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It is Rd 323288 (c. 1898) Source: The Glass of John Walsh 1850-1951 by Eric Renolds
I suspect the design addresses the posey holder as a whole rather than the design of the foot.
Keep in mind that the "root foot" may not be unique to Walsh.
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Post by cadking on Thu Dec 31, 2009 9:26 am

After looking through the undocumented lamps for the Webb write up, I noticed U-32 which doesn’t have the root feet, but has the twist in the stem, thorns on the stem and a similar leaf structure to hold the shade. Could it be a design variation?

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Post by Admin on Thu Dec 31, 2009 9:46 am

I also think U-32 is a JWW design. However, other companies had similar twisted thorny stems. (Loetz comes to mind.) I also think this is a JWW design:

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Hmmm.....I think I feel an article coming on. geek
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