The Holophane Company | Large “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.