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Be Unique – Choose A Slag Glass Table Lamp To Light Up Your Home

By Ronnie J. Schwartz

Slag glass originated in nineteenth century and gained its popularity when glass manufacturers began to add slag from iron smelting works to molten glass to create innumerable impacts. After its invention, the slag glass also began to be used for creating lampshades. Gateshead of England was one of the first companies to produce slag glass and in 1878 invented the production of purple malachite glass.

This glass was sold in the market of United States as ‘blackberries and cream’, and quickly other colors like lemon-yellow known as Giallo and a eco-friendly shaded color known as Pomona, as well as others also followed. These techniques began to get tremendous popularity. Anyone who had made lamps during the Art Nouveau era i.e. the period when Tiffany, Roycroft and Steuben were actively involved in making of table lamps, it is possible that they might have used slag glass in making of lamp shades. Now dealers in this business are using duplicate slag glasses for their commercial pieces, far to the disillusionment of the customers.

The basic element for determining whether the piece is a true slag or not, is to look for a glass which is richly marbled rather than only streaked or colored. These glass lamps have shades with glass panels that could very easily fit into the metal frames with different kinds of slots and clips. In many lamps, the base also is adorned with the glass panels with the shade frequently adorned with the metal design laying over the part of the glass.

These slag glass table lamps had decorative metal overlays and were extremely popular during 1930s and 1940s. They are also much more labor intensive, making the glasses more expensive. The best look in the slag glass table lamps are those which has have best purplish good slag line features all over the bluish milk tinted glass. It was originally designed with the excellent condition having no losses, chips, cracks, repairs or damages but only having small edge air blisters over the base.

The classic style table lamp is also much popular and in great demand today because of its attractiveness. Equipped with six panel; this slag glass lamp is in extremely original condition with no cracks or chips. Its metal base is gold plated having an urn shape. It does not really require any chipping or repainting either. These are only two examples, but there are many slag glass table lamps similarly gorgeous and exotic and with different price ranges which can similarly fit in your budget. So make your rooms beautiful and exotic with these added beauties of slag glass table lamps.

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Schwartz, Ronnie J. "Be Unique – Choose A Slag Glass Table Lamp To Light Up Your Home." Be Unique – Choose A Slag Glass Table Lamp To Light Up Your Home. 16 Aug. 2010. 4 Aug 2014 <>.

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