The Holophane Company | Medium “Blondel Stiletto” Prism Lantern | France Early c.20th

A large Holophane Company lantern of ovoid-globular form, complete with the original oxidised brass fitments including chain and ceiling hook. Signed Holophane, France with profuse maker’s moulded marks on all sections. France early c.20th

Ht.92cm/36in, Diam.27/10.5, Ht.(main lantern)44/17.5

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.

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