Owl Lamp

1275

Here for your consideration is a very special properly signed Bradley & Hubbard panel table lamp.
Antique Bradley Hubbard Art & Crafts Figural Owl Slag Glass Mottled B&H Panel Lamp, beautifully well coordinated colors, throws off that coppery romantic color. 1 Replaced Small Panel. Original Owl Eyes Are Glass.Although the wiring works fine, The wire as shown is not indicative of the wiring used in that era. Will be properly rewired with correct bakelite wall plug, good old sockets with acorn chain pulls. Hgt 20", Shade Dia 16", Base 6", Wgt 11 lbs. The owl appears many times in American Art history and used in the Arts and Crafts era. $1275, low price.

A Brief Company History
1852-1940

The partnership of
Nathaniel and William L. Bradley, Walter Hubbard, and Orson and Chitten
Hatch began in Meriden, Connecticut in1852 as Bradley, Hatch &
Company. Clocks were the sole product of the newly formed
company.
When the Hatch
brothers sold their interests in the firm two years later, Nathaniel
Bradley, William Bradley and Walter Hubbard formed a company which they
named simply Bradley and Hubbard. By 1856, they were producing
call bells and sewing machines, but clocks continued to be the main line
of production throughout the 1850's and 1860's.
Many northern
manufacturers prospered immensely during the Civil War due to the
expanded market west of the Mississippi and increased foreign exports.
Bradley and Hubbard was no exception, adding the production of
flags, hoop skirts, spring measuring tapes and match safes during the
war years.
The discovery of oil
in Pennsylvania in 1859 also had a great impact on the product line of
Bradley & Hubbard with the decision to begin production of kerosene
burning lamps. By 1871, kerosene virtually replaced whale oil for
heating and illumination and new ways of burning it more efficiently
were needed. Between 1868 and 1875, Bradley and Hubbard secured 33
patents relating to the design and mechanics of oil burning lamps (in
all, the company would eventually patent a total of 238 designs and
mechanical devices). The company was again reorganized in 1875, this
time as a joint stock company renamed The Bradley and Hubbard
Manufacturing Company.>>

The Bradley and Hubbard Manufacturing Company factory complex, ca1880.

Growing rapidly
throughout the 1880's, the company added new products such as
architectural grilles, railings, fences, window guards, and elevator
enclosures. By the 1890's, the Bradley and Hubbard name was synonymous
with high quality and artistic merit. Their products were marketed not
only in their own showrooms in New York, Boston, Chicago and
Philadelphia, but also by a force of salesmen traveling throughout the
country and by the large retail firms of Marshall Field & Company,
Sears and Roebuck & Company, and Montgomery Ward &
Company.
The Bradley and
Hubbard Manufacturing Company survived the Great Depression, but after
88 years in business, it was sold in 1940 to the Charles Parker
Company, also of Meriden. Famous for its Parker sporting shotgun,
the company also made household items such as coffee mills, waffle
irons, lamps, locks, and door knockers. Upon the acquisition of the
Bradley and Hubbard factories, the Parker Company instituted its
Bradley and Hubbard Division with the stated intent of carrying
on production of some products of the former company such as bathroom
accessories, lighting fixtures, architectural bronzes and brass work.
Within a year and a half after the purchase, the United States entered
into WWII and the Parker Company turned its attention to the war effort.
As the war escalated, all metal production was diverted to war related
goods, making it unlikely that much, if anything, from the Bradley and
Hubbard line was produced, unless for military use. By 1950, all
references to a Bradley and Hubbard Division of the Parker Company had
been dropped from the company's literature.
Finally, in 1976, a
spectacular blaze totally destroyed the long abandoned Bradley and
Hubbard factory buildings. Any records of the old Bradley and Hubbard
Manufacturing Company that were still in the building at the time were
either burned or lost in the rubble when the shell was afterwards
demolished.

Owl Animal Symbolism

The owl is sacred to the Greek goddess of learning, Athena and is even depicted on some Greco-Roman currency as a symbol of status,Good karma, luck, intelligence, good health and of course, wealth.