Silver-plated Argands

Circa 1800

In Regency lighting, the silver-plated argands were the earliest lamps incorporating Ami Argand’s invention. This extremely rare pair survive in complete working order with an early version of the spiral wick raiser. Fine cut glass fonts compliment the soft silver-plate finish. Detailed beading accentuates several edges. The lamps are supported by a round base that is topped by four colonnettes centering a flame finial. Plate 1 of Wolfe’s book on Ami Argand illustrates a lamp with an identical arm, chimney holder, and drip cup.

Reference: Wolfe, John J. Brandy, Balloons, & Lamps Ami Argand 1750-1803. Carbondale and Evansville, Illinois Southern Illiois University Press, 1999. Plate 1.

Silver fused to copper, tin, and glass
Height: 17¾”

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