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.
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?