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Center Draft Lamps
Plume & Atwood
P & A Royal #2 stand lamp, Royal #1, and Mammoth Banner lamp
Victorian "white light" lamps are a wonder to behold when lighted. They produce a beautiful white reading light while consuming little fuel. Plume & Atwood produced a full line of lamps and lamp accessories. Their lamp lines included Royal, Plumbwood and Naugatuck in table, bracket and hanging versions. On this page I am showing the model known as the Royal in brass in a wall bracket, as a table model and also in a hanging set up with smoke bell and frame. Plume & Atwood made gas burners, shade rings of all descriptions, filler caps, and just about any brass lamp part you could mention. Their burners included Banner, a high quality Duplex, the Moehring and Harvard burners often associated with finer student lamps, the Hornet, Nutmeg and Acorn burners often found on night lamps, and scores more.
Plume and Atwood (P&A) Royal oil lamps were produced by P&A starting around 1890 and for many years thereafter. They were very popular and were sold in at least 3 sizes (junior, No. 1, and No. 2.) , and were often nickel plated to reduce maintenance of the brass finish. P&A also made parts for many other major lamp manufacturing companies (including the Aladdin burner), and they also sold lamps to department stores that re-branded them with their various store names (especially with names on the flame spreader).
P&A had it's main factory in Waterbury CN, but also had big warehouses in Boston, New York, and Chicago. The Royal line evolved into other models in the early 20th century. One was the Naugatuck, which was actually made up to the 1950's, P&A also made very popular brass oil pots/fonts for use with vase lamps, and these were branded as Royal, but often P&A made these pots for Fostoria (WV) lamps. The P&A plant was eventually destroyed by a flood in 1955, along with the lamp-making equipment. The famous Aladdin lamp came into being when Victor Samuel Johnson acquired improved center-draft burners patented by Charles E. Wirth (assignor to Plume and Atwood Manufacturing Company, Waterbury, Connecticut). Early in 1909 Johnson introduced the Aladdin lamp.
Royal Stand or Reading Lamp
# 1942 in the 1906 catalog
Royal Stand Lamp # 1942 in the 1906 catalog
Royal Base of Iron would have been a copper or red bronze color before the plating wore away
Stand lamp #1515 in the 1906 Plume & Atwood Catalog
Plain Wall Bracket Royal
I am not at all certain this is a P & A bracket I use with this lamp but it works well
(The glass shades pictured on this page are not original to these lamps. except the one at the top of the page)
Hanging style Royal with same style font as the wall bracket lamp pictured above.
The pan allows the lamp to rest on a peg bracket or to be in a harp as a hanging lamp.
The hole in the bottom is threaded to screw onto a wall bracket.
This is a short video of the hanging Royal lighted.
This lamp lights up a whole room!
This was painted black it would have had a bronze finish over iron.
From the 1902 Sears Catalog.
Embossed banquet lamp
The tank lifts out of the brass bowl on the iron trunk and can be
inserted into any lamp that takes a 5 inch Royal font or tank
Plume and Atwood
Royal Parlor Lamp
Center draft lamps are a joy to use.
We use them almost daily in our home in the winter
and they not only give off a wonderful white light
they also give off allot of heat.
*Special thanks to Mike Moore for his help with research and images.
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