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Parlor Lamps Large, Prevalent

No home was complete without a parlor lamp in the 1880s and 1890s. The style popular during these years had a large globular base and a matching globular shade the same size. They are often referred to as Gone with the Wind lamps.

They were made of glass, china or a combination of the two. Most were painted. Some were heavily ornamented in other ways. Bold floral painting on both the base and shade was especially popular.

Some of these are still appealing today. Many, however were overdone and are not at all attractive by today’s standards.

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Glass Rods Cut For Design

Lampwork refers to the cutting and shaping of small parts from rods or glass to use in paperweights. Flowers, leaves and similar pieces were often made at home, where a Bunsen burner or tallow lamp produced enough heat. These small parts were then embedded in the center of the paperweight at the glass factory.

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Mother-Of-Pearl Product Of Shellfish

Mother-of-pearl is the inner shell or lining of several forms of shellfish, such as oysters, abalone and some clams. It is hard and brittle, with an iridescent sheen.

A large shell can have the exterior ground away to reveal the iridescent layer underneath, and is an attractive object displayed alone. Most often, small pieces have been used in a range of objects such as jewelry, buttons and inlay work in silver, gold and wood.

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