PLUME & ATWOOD 'TWIGHTLIGHT' Kerosene Candle Lamp Lantern - 1894



This beautiful and stunning Plume & Atwood Kerosene Candle Lamp came to me as a gift from a very dear friend. It has been a learning experience for me as I generally do not collect American Lanterns. This one was a welcomed change of pace and has become one of my most favorites. Overall the lamp is a 9 out of a 10 for condition.  


One amazing surprise was that the glass base is made from Uranium.



FUEL RECEPTOR: White Opaline Glass

BURNER: P&A 'Acorn' Burner

GLASS CHIMNEY: Etched with Macbeth Company

PATENT DATE: Embossed on the side of the shade holder

(recorded May 22, 1894)


The information below was kindly shared with me by Drew Meyer who gifted the lamp to me.


SOURCE: Drew Meyer

"The lamp if it fits that definition is a Plume & Atwood "TWILIGHT".  A candle lamp.  A Plume & Atwood "Acorn" burner swaged into a metal assembly that slip fits over a glass candle, no unscrewing the burner.The metal spring assembly was missing so I used heat shrink tubing to fit it up to the candle holder. 


Plume & Atwood also made them for a company called H.G. McFaddin Co., the thumbwheel has the McFaddin name on it. 


The shade is original to my knowledge.  All Twilight lamps came with a shade.  That is why they all have the metal harp installed on them.  Now over time and different companies purchasing them the design of the shade changes and the way it sits on the harp varies.  The paper inside this one was brittle, damaged and yellowed so I had to fashion another one and tacked it inside to the metal. Paper lined shades, some with glass beaded bottom edges and cloth lined, the McFaddin had a larger pleated shade that I'm guessing was a heavy printed paper.


The chimneys varied all over the place too.  From short ones that just cleared the shade to pretty tall ones that were half exposed above the shade

Patent number 520200- Assigned to F. E. Baldwin


Patent attached as a PDF recorded May 22, 1894.  Ad from H. G. McFaddin in 1918.  So it was likely made from 1894 or 1895 up to 1918 or later.  As you can see there were a bunch of variations, believe all burner shade holder components were sourced from Plume & Atwood.  Shades and fonts came from a variety of sources.  Not sure if the plain milk glass candle base was supplied by Plume & Atwood I suspect it was but they outsourced it.  I don't think they ever did glass production themselves.  Their venue was metal working.


CIRCA: 1894

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