F & C Osler, Birmingham | Neo-Classical Cut-Glass Lantern | England c.1910


A rare neo-classical cut-glass and brass lantern almost certainly by F & C Osler, Birmingahm but apparently unsigned. The brass metal-wrok designed in intricate detail with signature ram’s heads for decoaration. England, c.1910.

Ht.(as displayed)97cm/38in, Ht.(lantern)71/28cm, Ht.(glass section)28/11, W.16/6.25.

F & C Osler, Birmingham & London

  • The company Osler was established in Birmingham, 1807 by Thomas Osler
  • The business really began functioning in 1831 when his sons Abraham Follett & Thomas Clarkson took over and the company.
  • Specialising in crystal glass chandeliers they opened a showroom filled with the best stock on Oxford Street.
  • In the latter half of the 19th century Osler found success in India due to the countries wealth and efficient shipping links.
  •  The name F & C Osler was first recognised on 14th July 1906 when the children and grandchildren of Follett and Clarkson became the first directors.
  • From 1911 the demand for simple clean pieces of glass was lost, however the demand for light fittings made entirely of metal was flourishing.
  • This coincided nicely with the opportunity to acquire a lighting company named Faraday & Son Ltd in 1919 and the company became Osler & Faraday Ltd.
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