Handel Table Lamp


Totally arts and crafts, museum quality antique circa 1915 American Handel table lamp. The lamp has a brass base and a metal overlay and hand painted slag glass shade. Really a beauty, all original and rewired for another century of dependable and safe service. The shade measures just less than 9 inches or 23 cm high, and is 15 ½ inches or 39. 5 cm in diameter. Both a practical desk top reading lamp and esthetically beautiful.

The lamp has a bronze patina, white metal, with four ball feet which sits on a stepped base and a square column stem. The lamp has three good old original sockets, and acorn chain pulls. The shade is metal slag glass overlay with high quality root beer, caramel slag glass inserts. There are a total of 24 glass panels. Twelve of the panels have hand painted accents in green and red on the leaves and berries. The bottom of the base has a pattern number "5187". There are similar examples to this type of lamp in the book Metal Overlays by Handel by Robert Defalco pages 12 and 30. The inside of the shade is signed "HANDEL".

This beautiful lamp is in excellent origonal condition and super rare. Low price for quick sale $2475. 00

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