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Lot 244: FIRE FLY MINIATURE LAMPS, LOT OF TWO
October 22, 2016
Mt. Crawford, VA, USALive Auction
Description: FIRE FLY MINIATURE LAMPS, LOT OF TWO, colorless, including a finger example with colorless applied handle, each with a bell-form font embossed "FIRE FLY" and with eight stars over a band of hearts to finger and remaining with nine stars, underside with an eight-point star, opaque white ball-form and opalescent baluster-form chimney-shades, period collars including one with patent information. Fitted with period Olmstead single-tube burners.
Condition Report: Lamps and setups undamaged, finger examples collar with a split, resulting in burner not tightening, chimney-shades with normal roughness, as made.
Provenance: Collection of Helen A. Feltner, Winchester, VA.
Dimensions: 4 1/2" and 3 3/4" H to top of chimney-shades, 1 7/8" H to top of collars, 1 1/2" D base.
Exhibited: Parallels Smith - Miniature Lamps I, p. 39, fig. 7 left and right.
Medium: Fourth quarter 19th century.