Other Related Candle Lamps
J. F. MADSEN
Notes and Drawings Assembled by His Nephew
LLOYD J. GRAHAM
May 15, 1998
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. Some notes and musings on Christmas lights.
2. Classification of lights as to material & use.
3. Classification of lights as to shape & material.
4. Name & description of all types of Christmas lights & related lights.
5. Drawings of types of Christmas lights.
1. McKearin, p.90, Illus. p.47.
2. American Home, Jan. 1938, "What to do When the Glass Bug Bites."
3. American Collector, Fairy Lamps, Sept. 1940, Burglar's Horror by Naomi Waugh.
5. Knittle, Early American Glass, p. 140 & p.362, Illus. Plate 44.
6. Antiques, Dec. 1941, Trimming the Christmas Tree by Morgan Towne.
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SOME NOTES AND MUSINGS ON CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
There are very many shapes of Fairy lamps, as duplicates are seldom seen. They may be found in
many types of glass and many colors. Overlay, satin, Burmese, enameled, overshot are
represented, and in colors blue, green, rose, pink, burnt orange, buff, yellow and others. Fairy
lamps come in three and four parts. The three part lamps consist of (1) a dome shaped globe, (2)
either a colored base to match the globe or a clear glass dish in which the globe rests, and (3) a
clear glass cup to hold the candle which is contained in the base. The clear glass saucers are of
two patterns, one a vertical ribbed and the other a lacy diamond point. The last named comes in
two types, flat and peg. All of these clear bases have printed in the glass, "Clarke Fairy Patent
Trade Mark." There is also another base (not marked). It is of heavy glass, octagonal outside
edge and is of the peg type. These are probably not so old as the "Clarke" bases. If the lamp is a
four part one an extra bowl holds one of the three part types mentioned above. There is another
type of light which is handled. One of these bases is usually of colored frosted glass. Another is
of clear and colors and is marked in the bottom, "Blue Cross Safety Candle L