Q: I have a hanging lamp that says “Patent Feb. 28th, 1905, B & H.” The globe is decorated with lilies of the valley and is 13 1/2 inches in diameter. We would like to know who made this lamp.
A: Your lamp was made in the early 1900s by Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Co. of Meriden, Conn. Nathaniel Bradley, William Bradley and Walter Hubbard founded Bradley & Hubbard in 1854. At first the company made clocks, sewing machines and call bells. Other products were gradually introduced, and by the 1860s it was making kerosene lamps. The company was reorganized as Bradley and Hubbard Manufacturing Co. in 1875. It made clocks, andirons, iron, brass and other metalwork. Bradley & Hubbard held several lamp patents. The Feb. 28, 1905, patent on your lamp refers to a wick raiser for central-draft lamps. The company became a division of the Charles Parker Co. in 1940. Production of Bradley & Hubbard lamps ceased in the early 1950s and the company’s buildings were torn down in 1973.