Handel Table Lamp with the Hampshire Pottery Base
Here for your consideration is a very nice Handel table lamp with the Hampshire Pottery base. The shade is 17" is properly signed HANDEL and is decorated with flowers in full bloom and green leaves. The colors are strong with great artistry and well coordinated colors with excellent overlay.
The base is properly signed HAMPSHIRE POTTERY and was made by Hampshire for Handel .This lamp shade and base are shown in the "METAL OVERLAYS BY HANDEL , ROBERT DEFALCO". Hampshire made 2 versions of this lamp base. Both in matt green however this is the premium style with the open loops toward the top. Also the foot is decorated with flowers and stands 23" high.Three HUBBELL sockets with acorn chain pulls and with the TEE PEE shade rest.The patina is that nice dark brown and all matching. Rewired for another near century of dependable service.
A rare and beautiful lamp is like having a bouquet of fresh flowers on the table every day.
Philip Handel joined in partnership with Adolph Eydam in 1885 to form the "Eydam and Handel Company" in Meriden, Connecticut. When this partnership dissolved in 1892, the remaining company was relocated to larger facilities and was thereafter known as "Philip J. Handel" and then as "Handel and Company". "The Handel Company" originally incorporated on June 11, 1903 with Philip J. Handel, Albert Parlow, and Antone Teich as the primary officers. Philip J. Handel married his second wife, Fannie Hirschfield Handel, in 1906, and she became company President upon Philip Handel's death in 1914. She would remarry (Fannie Handel Turner) in 1918 and managerial control of the company soon passed to William F. Handel, Philip's cousin. The immediate post World War I period was one of tremendous growth and profitability for The Handel Company. However, the economic slowdown of the late 1920's and resulting Great Depression had a devastating effect on company fortunes. By 1929, most production had ceased, and manufacturing ended all together in 1936. In Handel's hayday , they produced many types of high quality lamps which are in high demand .
About Hampshire Pottery
Hampshire Pottery InformationHampshire Pottery began production in 1871. The pottery was founded by James Taft. Hampshire Pottery first introduced the widely popular matte green glaze in 1883. In 1904 Cadmon Robertson joined Hampshire Pottery and was soon placed in charge of production. Robertson developed over 900 glazes while with Hampshire Pottery and was responsible for many of the forms.
Robertson passed away in 1914 which left Hampshire solely in the hands of Taft. Just after Robertson's death, Taft determined to cease production. In 1916 Taft sold Hampshire Pottery to George Morton who was previously with Grueby Pottery.
Hampshire pottery continued for only a year under Morton's direction and was closed in 1917. After the end of World War I, Morton reopened Hampshire Pottery with primary production being white china for hotels and restaurants. Hampshire Pottery closed permanently in 1923.