Kerosene Banquet Lamp in "Victoria" Pattern

Object Name: 
Kerosene Banquet Lamp in "Victoria" Pattern

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Object Name: 
Kerosene Banquet Lamp in "Victoria" Pattern
Accession Number: 
2012.4.120
Dimensions: 
Overall H: 64.7 cm, Diam (max): 28.7 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
about 1895-1905
Credit Line: 
Purchased with funds from the Martha J. Herpst Estate
Web Description: 
This lamp is a remarkable survival from the turn of the century when, before the advent of electric lamps, kerosene lamps were used to illuminate interiors. The term “banquet lamp” was used by the makers to describe the largest size lamps available at that time and they were extremely expensive. Because of their size and the resultant work involved in their decoration, lamps and punch bowls were the most expensive shapes made in the glass cutting business and only the wealthy could afford them, since they usually cost more than $200. Because of this, not many were made and they are rare today. With the exception of its chimney, which was cut to match by a modern craftsman, all of the elements of this lamp are original. The blank was probably made by C. Dorflinger & Sons of White Mills, Pennsylvania, one of the largest makers of blanks in the eastern United States. Corning Glass Works had phased out its blank manufacture around 1905, and the Hoare glass cutting firm, which had originally purchased all of their blanks for cutting from Corning Glass Works, was forced to find a new supplier. The Dorflinger company was relatively close and made wares of the highest quality so some blanks were purchased from it. The lamp is cut in the Victoria pattern which can be identified in an undated Hoare catalogue of about 1905, although it may have been developed earlier. As electricity became more available around the country, expensive kerosene lamps, like those produced by Tiffany Studios and glass cutting firms like Hoare, were phased out and the companies make only electric lamps at this price level.
Department: 
Pattern Name: 
Victoria
Provenance: 
From the Cutter's Wheel, Source
2012-09-20
Wilson, Jean, Former Collection
Wilson, Jim, Former Collection
Category: 
Material: 
Inscription: 
J. HOARE & CO. / 1853 / CORNING
stamp
Acid stamped (a) on top of base near edge
Primary Description: 
Kerosene Banquet Lamp in "Victoria" Pattern. Colorless glass, silver-colored metal; blown, cut, assembled. (a) Colorless glass lamp base with bulbous body, panel-cut stem with faceted knop, and circular foot with double-ogee edge. Exterior of body and base of foot decorated with elaborate cut decoration consisting of hobstars and angular lines. (b) Silver-colored metal font with threaded opening onto which wick-raiser fits. (c) Metal wick-raiser with two knobs and circular frame onto which glass shade rests. (d) Colorless glass shade with elaborate cut design that matches base. (e) Colorless glass chimney with cut decoration on top third that matches base and shade.
The Corning Museum of Glass: Notable Acquisitions 2012 (2013) illustrated, p.31, #20; BIB# AI95675
Notes: Corning Museum Makes Significant Acqusitions in 2012 (2013) illustrated, p. 258, #19;
Slivers of light: rich cut oil lamps (1997) illustrated, p. 5; BIB# 36868