Jeffrey Evans to auction famed Aladdin lamp collection March 23

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One of many new unburned Aladdin lamps in original boxes from the Thomas W. Small collection. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

MT. CRAWFORD, Va. – Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates will present over 700 lots of American and European 19th and 20th century lighting at unreserved public auction on March 23 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Eastern time. Bid absentee or live online through LiveAuctioneers.  

The auction will feature the Thomas W. Small estate collection of Meyersdale, Pa. Small was a well-known expert on early Aladdin and other kerosene mantle lamps and had just completed a book with James Christner titled Aladdin to Ziu: The Early Kerosene Mantle Lamp Era in America.

More than 170 pieces illustrated in the book are included in the auction. Aladdin lamps are the main focus of the Small collection and include rare early models, many unburned and in their original box, a unique kerosene floor lamp, rare sales agent sample cases, hanging and student lamps, advertising items and rare ephemera.

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From a wide variety of Aladdin lamps. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

Company president Jeffrey S. Evans commented, “Tom Small had been collecting and studying Aladdin and related early mantle lamps for nearly 50 years. His ultimate goal was to acquire every Aladdin model in unburned condition and in its original box. This quest took him across the Midwestern United States on numerous occasions stopping at every country store he could locate and searching their storage areas for unsold Aladdin stock.” Evans added, “Since the Midwest was the area where Aladdin lamps were most popular, Tom was able to find many new, old lamps tucked away in attics and store rooms, as well as advertising ephemera and all types of Aladdin accessories. His collection contains more of this material than anyone else has ever put together.”

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Over 15 rare sales agent sample cases. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

In addition, the Small collection includes many early pre-Aladdin mantle lamps and related German incandescent lamps.

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Wide selection of other kerosene lighting. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

The auction will also feature the final installment of the Culver Collection, Tom and Michael Andrews of Berlin, Md., including a large selection of Victorian hanging, parlor, student, and banquet lamps; Victorian opalescent lamps; other kerosene lighting including wedding lamps;  and lighting trade catalogs.

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Many Gone With the Wind-style and other Victorian lamps will be sold. Jeffrey S. Evans & Associates image

An uncatalogued session of all types of lamps and lamp parts will be held on Thursday, March 22, beginning at 4 p.m. These lots will only be available to bidders in attendance.

For further information email or call 540-434-3939.