Antique Argand Lamps

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Antique Argand Lamps are a type of oil lamp named after a Swiss scientist named Aimé Argand, who invented the Argand burner in 1789.

Brief history and description

An Argand lamp typically has a glass chimney, and a burner with a circular wick in order for the current of air flow to properly supply oxygen to the flame.

Some antique Argand lamps may feature cut antique prisms, frosted globes, gilt bronze or marble bases or cut crystal bobeches, while earlier models of Argand lamps used ground glass which may have been tinted around the wicks.

Guide for collectors

Pairs of Argand lamps as well as earlier models of Argand lamps which feature ground glass are considered to be rare and valuable. Pairs of gilt or patinated bronze Argand mantle lamps are also considered to be rare.

Restoration of an antique Argand lamp is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring the lamp may decrease its value.

For more information regarding antique Argand lamps, visit the Antique Lamp Company's official website.

Value

Blue Dolphin Antiques in Northport, ME sold a pair of 19th century Argand lamps with brass ewer shaped fonts for $3,100 in October of 2005.

Grand View Antiques & Auction in Roanoke, Alabama sold a pair of American bronze double-arm Argand lamps for $1,400 in December of 2007.

Neal Auction Company in New Orleans, Louisiana sold a patinated bronze two-light Argand lamp (circa early 19th century) featuring a ring of cut crystal pendants for $1,100 in April of 2005.

Flomaton Antique Auction in Flomation, Alabama sold a double arm Messenger & Sons Argand lamp (circa early 1800s) for $700 in December of 2005, and Neal Auction Company in New Orleans, Louisiana sold a gilt bronze Messenger & Sons Argand lamp (circa early 19th century) for $1,600 in September of 2011.

Grand View Antiques & Auction in Roanoke, Alabama sold a bronze Argand lamp on a marble bass for $450 in September of 2009.

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