Thursday, September 3, 2015

Photo Friday: The Victorian Newel Post Lamp

By Gretchen Sawatzki

A newel post lamp is a freestanding gas or electric lamp that is mounted atop the large anchor post (called a newel post) on a staircase landing or at the bottom of a staircase. Newel post lamps were popular from the post-Civil War era through the 1930s and ranged from a simple lamps to large decorative centerpieces.

Newel post lamps could be found in all types of homes from garish Victorian manors to minimal Mission bungalows. Whatever their purpose, newel post lamps gave a sense of grandeur to the home. Waining in popularity before WWII, modern post-war homes eliminated their use. Today, antique newel post lamps are often converted for use as a table lamp.

Image by Hannah Manning for Materials Unlimited

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