Cranberry Cut to Clear Overlay Lamp with Matching Stem, about 1865–75
Boston and Sandwich Glass Company, Sandwich, Massachusetts (active 1826–88)
Glass, blown, overlaid, and cut, with gilt bronze and brass and marble, and with glass shade blown, frosted, and wheel-cut, and glass chimney
16 3/8 in. high (to the top of brass collar)
In an article titled “LAMP GOODS,” which appeared in the Crockery Journal published in New York on February 6, 1875, this elaborate publication and its contents are described: “Upon our table lies an immense catalog, a book whose pages, a hundred of them are not less than thirty inches long by fifteen wide, are wholly occupied by the most accurately prepared designs of the various lamps and lampware manufactured by the Boston and Sandwich Glass Company. These illustrations, elegantly executed in lithograph, not only give the form and decoration, but the color as well. Lamps for parlor use are shown with wreaths of flower encircling their globes; lamps for more humble uses are in green, and blue, and red glass, and these colors are faithfully portrayed….some of the efforts are decidedly gorgeous, especially those intended for use in houses of the best class and localities where gas is unattainable [sic].”
This lamp is identical to a larger lamp of the same design that is shown on plate 76 as number 2466, third from the left in the bottom row, of the Catalogue of Petroleum or Kerosene Lamps & Chandeliers published by the Boston & Sandwich Glass Company.
Artistically, these lamps and their larger cousins are among the most striking pieces produced at Sandwich from the 1860s on. Relatively few survive that retain their original matching cut stems and are in perfect condition.