The Holophane Company | “Stiletto” Prism Reflector | England c.1900
A large Holophane Company reflector in “stiletto” prism with original brass gallery both shade and gallery apparently unsigned. England c.1900
Ht.(as displayed)70cm/28in, Ht.(shade & gallery)23/9, W.23/9
The Holophane Company, U.K, 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.