Handel Mica Lamp


Here is a very nice HANDEL mica lamp.The best of the arts and crafts lamps that HANDEL produced.
The mica shade measures 21" rim to rim and is properly signed and has the hammered copper.
The base stands 26" high and is also properly signed.Both shade and base are identified in the HANDEL books. This lamp is really nice.Has all the original hardware with 3 HUBBELL sockets with acorn pulls and rewired for another century of dependable service.

The Handel Lamp Company of Meriden, Connecticut began production in 1885 as
a partnership between Philip Julius Handel, age nineteen, and Adolph Eydam, age
twenty-one. The company, founded as Eydam & Handel first specialized in
glass decorating and lamp manufacturing using bases from other suppliers. The
company began the production of their own lamp bases in 1902 with the opening of
the Handel foundry, allowing production of the lamps completely "In house". The
lamps were made in a variety sizes that ranged from boudoir to floor lamps to
18" diameter table lamps. The company is best known for their reverse painted
lamps, hand painted with a wide array of beautiful lamps with subjects ranging
from historical scenes to birds, flowers and butterflies. No two lamps
even with the same design number by the same artist were ever identical, the
success of each lamp depended largely on the ability of the artist. There are
better examples of each design number, usually the ones signed by the artist
bringing a premium value over unsigned shades. The company ceased
production in 1936 as the demand for Art Nouveau and Arts & Crafts style
faded. In today's market all Handel lamps are highly sought after with prices
ranging from $2000.00 dollars for lamps with simpler designs to over $100,000
for extreme rarities with "One of a kind" variations on a design