Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Detecting Report: Blue Ridge Summit, PA
Holmes, Booth, & Haydens (HB&H on the turner). This company operated in Waterbury, CT from 1853 to 1901 making many different copper and brass products. The back of the turner bears the patent date of July 23, 1872 indicating that this lamp was likely produced in the 1870's-80's and fitting for the timeline of both the nearby railroad and horse barn. Based on their proximity, I would expect the other two lamps to also date to the late 1800's. Below is an example of the burner and chimney assembly from a non-dug HB&H Star lamp, found online here.
My oldest dated wick turner comes from the Oaks area near Saxapahaw. Patent dated 1859 by maker E.E. Jones, it was found at the McPherson family cabin (now belonging to the Teers) on Morrow Mill Rd. I imagine that site still has a good deal of history left to find, but it has been abandoned for many years, and a large amount of modern trash targets and overgrown weeds makes for some very difficult detecting.