Amazing Artifact

Courtesy Anaheim Public Library

Jane Newell, Anaheim Heritage Services Manager, showed us this incredible Anaheim Brewery artifact.  With her kind permission, I took it to the Old California Lantern Company (www.oldcalifornia.com) to see if they could replicate it.

Courtesy Anaheim Public Library

Craig Richard, the General Manager, told me that he’d never seen anything like it.  He remarked that it was a wonderful piece of opal glass, and kept turning it over in his hands.

I described the fixture in this picture from the Exchange Bar, circa 1908.  It looks similar, but the lamp in the photo is obviously meant to hang upside down.  Craig said this Anaheim Beer globe was clearly intended to be placed over a socket, resting on a flat surface.

We kicked around ideas for making a copy.  The Old California Lantern Company doesn’t make its own glass, so Craig gave me some ideas for places that might have a similar mold.

I took measurement and photos, and brought the globe back to Jane.  It was hard — this lamp is the coolest thing we’ve come across lately.

By February, you’ll be able to see the lamp in person.  It will be on display at the new Founders’ Park on West Street.

What other wonderful Anaheim Brewery artifacts are out there?

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6 Responses to Amazing Artifact

  1. Art says:

    That’s so cool!

  2. Keith says:

    The best place for history is the real world, where people can enjoy it as a part of their everyday life, not a museum where it’s merely an artifact on display and completely out of context. This belongs in the brewery.

    • I’d worry about hundred-plus year old glass in the brewery. It’s asking to be broken. That said, I’d be delighted to keep it in a locked cabinet where we could all gaze upon it while drinking Famous Anaheim Beer.

  3. Sara says:

    What an awesome piece of history! Did Jane tell you how she came to get it? I hope you can find a place that can replicate it.

  4. AnaheimDennis says:

    Wow all this is new to me including the packing house and the brewery. I just ran across that old beautiful artwork that looks like it was part of a lamp of some sort.

    I don’t know if you will get this message but I think that best place to have your “lamp” replicated is here. It’s one of the oldest custom glass makers in the United States.

    Gillinder Brothers in Port Jervis, NY specialize in custom-molded, hand-pressed clear and colored glass products.

    I really think that this is exactly what you need. Go to their website and see for yourself. I can’t wait to meet all of you when this opens.

    http://www.gillinderglass.com/

    P.S. I am not affiliated in any way with this business

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