F & C Osler | Neo-Classical Cut-Glass Lantern | England c.1920


A good quality neo-classical cut-glass and brass lantern almost certainly by F & C Osler but apparently unsigned, designed with detailed, intricate ram’s heads. England, c.1920.

Ht.74cm/29ins; 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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