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Ball Shades with 4" Fitters
for Victorian Oil Lamps, Banquet Lamps, and Gone with the Wind Lamps
The appropriate size of a ball shade is determined by its diameter at the widest part of the ball. A rule of thumb is that the diameter of the ball should be equal to, or slightly larger than, the fattest part of the bottom font whether it be metal or glass.
<PIANO LAMPS: A circa 1880's tall, adjustable-height floor lamp (left) which takes a ball shade is most typically called a piano or organ lamp, as this was a favored location in the Victorian era home. However, such lamps were typically lightweight so it could easily be moved to other locations as well. Most are a tripod style that was designed to equally distribute the weight. The correct term actually is “extension floor lamp”, as a patented mechanism makes it possible to extend the top by raising and locking it in place. Piano lamps have a removable center draft kerosene font, and they were also often part of a marble-top table.
>BANQUET LAMPS: Other styles of lamps take ball shades also, such as Victorian banquet lamps. Banquet lamps are kerosene lamps from the Victorian era, circa 1837 to 1901. They are generally a very ornate, tall lamps that were designed for lighting a banquet table. Their globes were usually etched or art glass and were often much fancier than most others in the house in order to impress guests.
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