The Holophane Company | Edwardian “Blondel” Prism Lantern | England c.1920
A Holophane Company “Blondel” prism-glass lantern, the bronzed cast-brass fitment supporting the coupe with moulded mark “Holophane”; English, c1920
Diam.30.5cm/12ins; ht. inc. chain and hook 67/26.5; ht. fitment only 42/16.5.
The Holophane Company, UK,U.S.A & France
In 1893, André Blondel invents the prismatic glass molding, on the principle of the Fresnel lens. The invention is patented under the name “Holophane” whose Greek roots mean “harmonious distribution of light”.
In 1898, Otis Mygatt, an American businessman, buys the patent and creates two companies on each side of the Atlantic for the production and sale of Holophane products.
Holophane Glass Co. (USA): manufacturing / sales, and Holophane Limited (UK)
The year 1920 sees the birth of “Holophane SA” in France. The English company (Holophane Limited) joins forces with a French industrialist to create a production site and installs glassware in Les Andelys. Holophane SA is born.