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"Star Lights"
by Mary E. Monze

Sunday News, May 1951

One of the stellar examples of the early glassmaker's art is the miniature Fairy Lamp. These lovely lamps, which bring with their soft lights some of the enchantment and nostalgia of the past, consist of two pieces a holder for the candle and globe.

Dorothy Stickney, famous actress and wife of Playwright Howard Lindsay (his latest, along with Russel Crouse, is "Call Me Madam", who collects antique lamps, prizes these fairy lamps above all others. Made in satin, pressed glass, and other types of the period, they burn a candle instead of oil as the better known miniature lamps do. The fairy lamps shown here are of satin and pressed glass, both clear and colored.

The best known is Clark's Fairy Lamp, patented in England in 1880 and introduced in America at the World's Fair in 1893. Miss Stickney was lucky enough to find some old boxes containing candles made especially for these tiny lamps. One of the windows in the Lindsay's living room is shelved in glass, a fitting showcase for these storybook lamps.

The beautiful lamp shown on the table next to Miss Stickney, in the picture at right, is an old pink Bristol vase mounted on a modern brass stand. It combines effectively with the ruby glass globes and brass top, which originally were set atop an old brass standard. The lights of this reconstructed lamp are removable and in the good old pre-Edison days, each member of the household carried one at night to light the way to his room, where it was placed in a metal bracket attached to the wall.

Miss. Stickney, "Mother Day" to many, also collects actress glass, shown in our August, 1950 issue.

 

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