The Idaho Night Lamp, originally made by Gillinder in the 1890s, has recently been reproduced by the B&P Lamp Supply Co. The original lamp is shown in Smith Book I figure 395 (SI-395). Seeing the lamps side by side as shown below, the differences seem obvious. But that is usually not possible. Here are some of the major differences:
- The ribbing at the top of the shade is slightly swirled on the original and straight up and down on the reproduction.
- The color of the reproduction is very bright, while the original is muted.
- The glass on the reproduction is cased (color over white) and the original is solid opaque.
- The real difference is in the detail of the embossing.
- Note also that the original has a "shoulder" on the top of the font while the repro is very plain.
The original lamp is shown below on the right, the reproduction on the left. Click on the image for a larger version.