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Pittsburgh Lamp Co. "Indian Encampment"
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Pittsburgh Lamp Co. "Indian Encampment"

  • Rarest and most desirable of all Pittsburgh Lamps
  • 22" tall and 16" shade
  • Special "Owl" base with copper patina..properly signed on top of base weight
  • Circa 1920's
  • Reverse paint...salt glaze
  • Near mint Condition

The Pittsburgh Lamp, Brass & Glass Company

Nicholas Kopp founded the original Kopp Glass in 1900. Kopp was a renowned chemist, he built the company upon his knowledge and ability to hand mold beautiful lamps and tableware in many colors. In 1901, Kopp took on new partners and renamed the company Pittsburgh Lamp, Brass and Glass Company, again specializing in lamps and lighting in an array of colors and decorations. Pilabrasgo, as it was called, produced some of the finest crystal etched and cardinal red satin glass lamps in the world.

Nicholas Kopp developed Selenium Red Glass in the 1890's. The vibrant red coloring met the railroad's standards for signaling lights, so the company began making selenium red railroad lights. As the railroad industry grew, and the industrial revolution progressed, so did Pilabrasgo.

In 1903, Dithridge & Company (1863-1903) was absorbed by Pilabrasgo. At the height of their business, Pilabrasgo was comprised of three factories, located in Pittsburgh, Swissvale and Jeannette, Pennsylvania. They maintained showrooms in New York, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore, Chicago, San Francisco, St. Louis and Kansas City. They also maintained a sales office in London, Ontario, Canada.

The prosperity didn't last forever. In 1926 Pilabrasgo went bankrupt and Nicholas Kopp reorganized and renamed the company Kopp Glass, Inc. Signal lenses, light fixtures, lamps and vases were the core of Kopp's business.

Two styles of SUCCESS founts are shown here. The fount on the left is an early version and is scarcely seen. The version on the right is quite common, and to most collectors, is the style most readily identifyable as a SUCCESS fount. The burner galleries are similar. The main differences are in the air intake perforations at the base of the burner - the earlier having fancy holes, the latter are plain. The wick knob on the latter fount is embossed SUCCESS, the early fount is not marked as such.

Through the years, Kopp Glass, Inc. has made and continues to make, important contributions in the industrial, transportation, scientific, medical, aerospace, and theatrical fields. Kopp produces traffic signal and railroad lenses, glass filters, airport and aircraft lighting, architectural and stage lighting and automotive parts. In the 1980's and '90's Kopp engineers developed night vision compatible filters used in many of the world's military aircraft. These filters allow a pilot to use night vision goggles without being blinded by the instrument panel lights. 

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