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Post by PsIloveU on Tue Oct 19, 2010 7:47 am

Fairy lamps as they are popularly known were originally marketed in Victorian England by Samuel Clarke, a candle manufacturer and it was his way of selling more candles. They were made from about 1880 and came in three sizes Wee, Pyramid & Fairy.

Fairy lamps also came on elaborate stands, pottery bases, wall plaques, chandeliers and epergnes, often with nosegay type flower holders. Samuel Clarke had them made by other great names of the day, Royal Worcester, Doulton, Taylor Tunnicliffe, Thomas Webb & Sons & Stevens & Williams.

In the late 1890ís Clarke patented the "Cricklite" style of candle lamp with clear glass domes (Silk shades were extra) to go with the ever changing Victorian tastes and to compete with the more modern types of lighting (gas & electricity). Cricklites were expensive but could be seen and used in dinner settings, they provided ample lighting to enhance a formal or festive occasion. Then in 1910 The Clarke Candle Company was sold to The Price Candle Company.

They are beautiful and unique pieces of art and are the essence of all things Victorian. They are delicate and elegant pieces which are a reminder of our past.

We have been collecting fairy lamps since 1997. This collecting has now become an obsession and we have been very fortunate to see several wonderful collections around the world. Helen & I are still astounded at the range and diversity of fairy lamps still to be found.

This collection is dedicated to our good friends Bob & Pat Ruf, without thier enthusiasm and help, this collection would not have existed.
If you would like to contact us then our Email is:- graham@fairylamps.co.uk

Now on our collection

Antique Brick Veneer
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