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Authentic Antique Handel Lamp Slag Lead? Glass Shade

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I ended and relisted this listing once to add a photo of the stamp I discovered on the lampshade, said I wouldn't do it again. I just found out from ebay I was in violation of an ebay policy in regards to my bigcrumbs link so was forced to end the listing a second time or face possible suspension of my account. This is becoming quite an embarrassment on my end. For everyone who had placed a bid or taken an interest in this Handel lamp, you have my very most sincere apologies. 3rd time's a charm or so they say. I said a little prayer for no more mishaps! The photographs of the lamp are at the bottom of this page, below the endless wording. To the best of my knowledge and belief this is an authentic antique Handel lamp (stamped Handel in raised lettering on the underneath side of the base) with an antique octagonal slag or leaded glass shade (I'm not sure what the difference is or how to identify the difference). I hope the photos and the reference article below about the maker ~ Handel ~ will provide the majority of the description. I can provide the condition and dimensions. I have a tendency to be over thorough so please bear with me! (Brace yourself, you are about to see one of the longest ads on ebay!) First of all, the colors in the lamp shade are phenominal as you can see in the photos with a huge variety of shades and hues. I personally love the swirls of pink in contrast with the swirls of orange, very bright and cheery. Photo numbers 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10 are of the eight individual panels around the lower skirting. The lamp base is in wonderful antique condition with few signs of wear, some small shiny spots on raised edges and a few relatively small white paint? marks or smears shown in photos #16 & 17. It's as though someone at sometime in the past picked up the lamp with white paint on their hands then half heartedly tried to wipe it off. I didn't clean the base or the shade. I will leave that to the lamp's new owner. The shade measures 18" from panel to panel when upside down and approx. 19 3/4" from point to point. With the shade still upside down, it measures about 7 1/2" from the floor to the tip of a point. I believe the glass panels were originally smooth though somewhat wavy by nature on the exterior and the smaller panels on the interior of the shade were originally textured (see photos #13 & #14). The shade feels sturdy and solid when you lift it. There's a marking (stamp) on the shade (photo #15). I don't know this mark's signifigance (you may want to keep an eye on the bottom of the page for any revisions I may need to add as the week goes on). It's the number 0 then a gap, then the numbers 75 with a round stamp mark above the 7. With a loupe it looks like perhaps an R in the center of a circle or a symbol that looks like the breast cancer awareness symbol but it's so small and old I can't positively identify it. The shade and lamp base fit together as a matched pair. The lamp base measures 24" in height with about a 7 1/2" diameter stand. I hesitate to say if the base is made of solid bronze or merely bronze finish as mentioned in the reference article. There are 3 light fixtures, each marked 250W Hubbell with 2 mismatched bulbs. They operate with individual pull chains. The 3 fixtures and their chains work just fine, the chains pull with a crisp click. The cord appears to be the lamp's original fiber coated cord and is in pretty good shape considering its age with some fraying in places. It still lights the lamp as you can see in the photos and my house didn't burn down, so that's a good thing! The prongs on the plug read "Academy Automatic Made in U.S.A.". I count ten cracks (some are hairline) located in nine of the smaller accent pieces which are located on the lower skirting between the soldered trim and the larger oval shapes. Also, I found an approx. 1/4" u-shaped mark or crack? on the interior wall of one oval shape along the edge of the soldering. Close-up photos #21, 22, 23 & 24 show examples of the general location of the cracks, the most obvious are shown in these photos. A couple have a splintered appearance also shown in these photos. There are no holes or splits where bare light comes through the glass. I don't notice any other cracks in the larger pieces (except the one I just mentioned, the u-shape). If they exist, they're very thin and mesh with the aged appearance. The glass panels have "a weathered seashell appearance" (for lack of a better description, this shows in several of the photos). The raised metallic accent trim (not the solder) is pulling away in quite a few places and one piece of this trim is missing (photos #11 & #12), it's one of the pieces that extends from the center of the shade to the edge between two of the eight panels. There may have been repairs or replacements done at one time or another on the lamp base, the shade and/or the soldering between the panels. I don't know enough about these lamps to determine one way or the other. I would prefer local pick-up if at all possible. If you opt to have the lamp shipped, I can promise to provide fully covered shipping insurance and take the utmost care with the packaging using a double box method, bubble wrap and packing peanuts but obviously can't fully guarantee the lamp shade won't be damaged in transit. I've had a lot of practice with packaging and do a fine job so if you prefer to have the lamp shipped, not a problem. I am check marking "no refunds" because of the age and nature of this lamp and shade, probably not a good idea to ship it back and forth. I have provided a clear, accurate and thorough description to the best of my knowledge along with a reference article and photos. I believe it's fair to expect everyone to carefully review the information along with the photos I've provided and draw your own conclusions in regards to the condition of the lamp base and glass shade. All sales are absolutely final on this particular item. I'm unable to offer any guarantees regarding the condition of the lamp base and the lamp shade. The lamp and shade are being sold "as is". The payment would greatly be appreciated and is expected within 3 days of final bid. Serious bidders only please. If you need to see more photos, send an email specifying what you would like to see with your email address included, I normally respond quickly. No reserve. Good luck and have fun everyone! Thank you, Steph *** Just an FYI == I contacted Mr. Hoyle , the man who wrote the article below, for any further insight or information he could perhaps provide. His company repairs this type of lamp & shade and it seems their pricing for repairs are reasonable. They also do appraisals. *Coffee break...lol then read the Handel reference article (it's interesting). And THEN please read all my other redundant so on & so forths. Philip Julius Handel first established the Handel Company in Meriden, Connecticut in 1876. They specialized in high quality reverse painted lamp shades and were generally considered a less expensive alternative to the Tiffany lamp popularized by Louis Comfort Tiffany. They also made leaded glass shades similar to Tiffany as well as vases, humidor boxes and other decorative objects. The most popular lamps of the Art Nouveau 1890-1920 and the Art Deco period 1920-1939 were Tiffany, Handel, Pairpoint and Duffner & Kimberly. Philip Handel (age 19) and Adolph Eydam (age 21) formed a partnership in 1885 and created the "Eydam and Handel Company" in Meriden, Connecticut specializing in glass decorating and lamp manufacturing. They used lamp bases from other suppliers not their own lamp bases. In 1892 the partnership ended and the company later moved to larger facilities in New York city in 1893 and was known as "Philip J. Handel" and later as "Handel and Company". In 1902 they opened their own foundry and began producing their own lamp bases. The Handel Company was incorporated on June 11, 1903 and Philip J. Handel, Albert Parlow, and Antone Teich were the principals. In 1906, Philip J. Handel married Fannie Hirschfield Handel his second wife. She became the company's president upon Philip Handel's death in 1914. In 1918 she remarried and in 1919 William F. Handel, Philip's cousin took control of the company. Following World War I was a period of tremendous growth. The economy was roaring and the company had assembled a very impressive and talented group of artists and craftsmen. However, the Great Depression drastically changed the company's fortunes and by 1929 the company was struggling. The company ceased production completely in 1936. The Handel Lamp Company was the very finest maker of reverse-painted lamps. Handel also made some leaded glass lamps. The company is a prime example of fine American quality craftsmanship. Handel bases were most commonly made of a zinc alloy, spelter with a bronze patina or finish. Some were made of genuine bronze. The marking was commonly the company name on the bottom of the base. The markings consisted of raised letters and/or a label. Sometimes the marking would be underneath the base or sometimes on top of the the base. Lamp shades were marked on metal components and/or on the glass itself. Some of the glass pieces are signed by the artists. Many of the medium to larger Handel lamp bases were wired with multiple sockets which were operated by pull chains that had small and various shaped pull balls on the ends of the chain. It has long been a common practice to match slag glass lamp shades, Tiffany type shades and others to various lamp bases that were not the original. Another common practice has been to place an unsigned shade on a signed Handel lamp base and pass the entire lamp off as a "Handel". Many if not most lamps and shades are referred to as Handel lamps simply because the style is similar to that of an original Handel lamp. Experts today suggest that about 90% of all lamps called Handel were not actually made by Handel. There are many lamps that are signed but that are not authentic. Identification of Handel leaded lamps is a subjective process that few people are qualified to do. Given the company's history it may be difficult to prove the negative: i.e. that a particular lamp is NOT a Handel. But as usual, money speaks and you will find that a Handel lamp and shade with correct markings, attributes and documentation commands a very premium price as compared to any lamp that is "attributed to Handel". For instance, some of Handel's small and simple desk and simple piano lamps have recently sold for around $500. Generally the more complex ones sell for over $2,000. There are some rare ones that have sold for over $80,000. Some Handel glass artists are highly regarded and their works bring a premium price. Their signatures can be seen on some Handel lamp shades. Among these Handel artists are Bailey, Bedigie, Broggi, Gubisch, Matzow, Palme, and Parlow and Runge. Jim Hoyle Biography: Since 1979 Jim Hoyle has owned and operated Lamp Outlet - North Carolina's Most Unique Table Lamps, Floor Lamps and Antique Lamps - Antique lamps and exclusive new unique table lamps and floor lamps. PLEASE READ: The items sold in my listings are pre-owned/vintage and/or antiques. These things come from a variety of locations...I may not always be aware if they carry a particular odor or if they have previously been in a household with pets, smoke or other allergens. If you are sensitive to certain allergens keep this information in mind before placing a bid or making your purchase. *** Most of the jewelry (costume and fine), glass, ceramic, porcelain and sterling items get at least one bubble bath at my home but on rare occassion something may run and hide at bath time or in other words, just plain get overlooked... Shipping cost often includes some of my handling cost (bubble wrap, bubble envelopes, tape, gasoline to get to and from the post office, etc.). It also includes shipping insurance if an item sells for $50.00 or more. I do everything in my power to make sure your purchase arrives in one piece!!! ***My shipping costs are estimated and set as a flat rate. Sometimes it costs as much as $4.00 dollars more to ship an item and sometimes as much as $4.00 less depending on where you live in respect to where I live. I try my best to keep it reasonable for everyone. For now, this is the only way I can list a shipping price until I buy a set of scales. I normally ship USPS priority mail, it's faster and free boxes, so I list priority mail as the means of shipping on most of my listings but on rare occassion I get caught off-guard with an extremely high priority mail cost and will have to switch to parcel post. I apologize in advance for this if it should happen. ***** 5 Stars Only Please!! ***** If you are unhappy with any part of a transaction, contact me before leaving any adverse feedback. I watch for messages regularly and will respond within 24 hours. You will find I'm very fair and easy to work with. Negative feedback is extremely harmful to a seller in a variety of ways; #1 - It affects the way a buyer views a seller not to mention, a seller gets lower discounts and credits from ebay and ultimately a selling account can be suspended. Believe me, I'm not complaining, just explaining!! I love life and hope you do too!!! On Mar-15-10 at 09:24:50 PDT, seller added the following information: I would like to add; when I say nine cracks, this represents nine cracked areas. The last four photos show what I'm referring to. Some of the nine are small single hairline cracks. I worry about a misunderstanding.