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60th Anniversary Celebration: Sturbridge Lantern Lamp History

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

As part of our 60th Anniversary here at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, we continue to celebrate by taking a look back at our catalog and company history. In previous blog posts, on our Facebook page, and on the Articles & Tips of our website, you may have seen us discuss various catalog covers or products from our past. Today, we explore the evolution of our Sturbridge Lantern Lamp.

Colonial Wall Lanterns

From the very beginning, Sturbridge has presented some version of a sea lantern style light. Evoking the essence of what was a common lighting source in early Colonial America, these lamps have long complemented other SYW home decor and furnishings. Pictured here to the left is our Shelburne Brass Lantern from a 1979 catalog, and to the right of that we see our Independence Lanterns, sold once in a 1993 catalog. Both of these lanterns hung from the wall and offered unique entryway or hallway lighting. The Shelburne features a candelabra style bulb, with candlestick appearance, inside enclosed glass panes; resembling the interior of our current Sturbridge Lantern Lamp.

Nautical Inspiration

The popularity of this lantern light grew over the years, as it also coordinated well with a nautical and cottage inspired decorating style; a home decor trend highly sought after in the 1990’s. The Beacon Hill Brass Lanterns shown below on the left, continue the theme of “candlelight” inside framed glass panes, to form its distinguishing shape and appeal.

As we skip ahead to 2005, we see the most similar lantern lamp collection to the one we carry today, our American Heritage Lamps; pictured above on the right. Constructed of paned, seeded glass and a solid brass base, it too had a hinged door to assist in enjoying a dual option light source. Available at the time in only brass, Antiqued, or Verdigris, the construction of this lamp eventually evolved into the Sturbridge Lantern Lamp we know it as today.

Our Best-Selling Lamp

Shown here to the right we see our best-selling lamp from our current 2013 assortment. Now available in Brass, Bronze, Red and Verdigris (a much brighter verdigris than offered in 2005), the glass panes are further textured and boast a wooden base instead.

Perhaps you might own one of our past lantern style lamps such as the American Heritage Lamp from a Sturbridge purchase years ago, or maybe you’re considering ordering one of current Sturbridge Lantern Lamps. Here are just some of the reviews shared by customers of this top-rated table lamp:

“I got the large in red and it goes wonderfully with Americana Antiques.” — “Love my lamps. They are each on night stands by the bed.” — “I was able to unpack and set up both lamps in a matter of minutes. They look exactly like the picture, and are beautiful in our bedroom.” — “Thanks to my daughter who said, “just order it,” I am so glad I did. I am very pleased with the quality of the lamp and the lightning speed delivery. I would recommend to family and friends.”


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Celebrating 60 Years – History of Our Shaker Furniture

Friday, March 22nd, 2013

Shaker Simplicity

Simplicity, purity, and utility have been the founding cornerstones of Shaker furniture, design, and living, for nearly as long as America has been a nation. Today we will discuss the history of Shaker furniture at Sturbridge Yankee Workshop, in honor of our 60th Anniversary.

The Shakers sought to apply harmony and order to every aspect of their daily life. As they put it, “Do your work as though you had a thousand years to live and as if you were to die tomorrow.” Implying a work ethic devoted to simplicity, functionality, and longevity.

Shaker Comparisons

Shown above is a long Shaker style table, that was once referred to as our “Pine Sofa Hall Table” in our 1975 catalog. The sides folded down as many of our drop-leaf tables do today. Pictured below, we see the development of our furniture line through the end of the 1970’s. The appreciation for our commitment to American traditions and workmanship became well known throughout the Northeast by the end of this decade, and the furniture collection was expanding as well. Seen on the left is a large “Shaker Hutch” and to the right, a Shaker style “End Table.” You’ll note its striking similarity to our current Country Shaker End Table.


Shaker Ingenuity Since 1953

Pictured to the right is an assortment of Shaker style furniture we offered in our very first catalog in 1953. When compared to our current assortment in 2013, the classic, clean lines and simple functionality of the pieces have not changed very much at all. Here’s an except from pg. 5 of this catalog, describing “The Story Behind SYW Furniture:”

‘The worth of Sturbridge Yankee Workshop furniture can be measured from the spirit of craftsmanship which goes into each piece. The originals from which our pieces are copied stood the test of time because of that same craftsman’s spirit of accepting nothing but the best.’

Strurbridge Yankee Workshop’s Shaker Furniture is now handcrafted locally, here in Maine. The ability to form fine workmanship and quality materials into valuable pieces you will be pleased to have in your home or office, is a commitment all of us at SYW are proud to offer to our customers year after year.

~ Browse the Shaker Furniture Collection at SYW today.


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