Bent Glass Panel Lamp ShadesBy

Bent Glass Panel Lamp Shades

For many years, leaded shades have been the most reproduced kinds of antique shades. Now, reproductions of bent glass and panel shades are being seen more frequently.

Original bent glass and panel shades were made from about 1890 through the 1920s. Many of the lamps, like some of those below, had a decorative overlay of pieced metal which appeared in silhouette when the shade was lighted. Most of these types of shades were thought to be safe from reproductions but these new lamps prove otherwise.

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Fig. 1 A new 19" dia. shade with a pierced metal desert scene, camels and robed figures in foreground, pyramids in background. There are three areas of this shade which can be three different colors of glass--the upper panels, a 2nd band of glass behind the pyramids and a 3rd band of glass behind the camels. Available in 19" and 16" dia.

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Fig. 2 A new lamp with pierced metal scenic overlay, a with windmill, bridge and cottages. The lower band of glass behind the windmills can be ordered in a different color than the top panels. Shade dia. 19". Shades may be wired as hanging units or be attached to table or floor bases.

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Fig. 3 A new lamp with pierced scenic metal overlay of sailing ships and harbor view. Shade dia. 12".

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Figs. 4-5 Approximately 12 different styles and shapes of new lamps similar to the hanging lamp in Fig. 4 are available with fused (fired on) decorations. All decorations have a Victorian look and include hunting and fishing scenes, sailing ships (see Fig. 5), horses, Victorian winter scenes (Fig. 4), wild geese, song birds, flowers and fruit.

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Figs. 6-7 The new hanging lamp in Fig. 6 is 16" in diameter and comes with replica antique hardware. The glass band around the top rim is available in contrasting colors. Fig. 7 is 22" dia.; includes beaded fringe and contrasting colors of glass along the bottom rim. All the new cathedral glass used in lamps on these two pages is virtually indistinguishable from glass used in old lamps so don't rely on glass as a test of age. If you see lamps like any of these, be careful.

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Fig. 8 A new 10" dome shade complete with beaded fringe.

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Fig. 9 A new 21" shade with beaded fringe.