Many of us are still attached to the nostalgia that comes with incorporating rustic, historic themed or ‘rescued’ items in our spaces. They create incredible focal pieces, discussion points, and even add an element of uniqueness to our rooms. If you are looking for a lighting option that can contribute to that effect, try onion lights. The history behind these handmade lighting fixtures is quite interesting. Their origins can be traced back to the whaling industry of the early 19th century. Mariners would burn whale oil in onion globes or bulbous glass orbs to illuminate the night. These globes were originally made out of tin, but as the lights evolved, so, too, did the materials to include copper and brass. Eventually, to create a safer, sturdier lighting option, metal-smiths began to explore the ideas of creating thin wire cages to protect the glass from impact. The incorporation of these cages allowed for new innovation in onion lights. They enabled the use of thinner, lighter glass, and soon these handmade lighting fixtures were also fitted with a loop handle on top to create a portable light source that could be hung on the wall.
All along the New England shoreline, you will see the use of onion lights. If you are looking to add that colonial touch to your home, try checking out some handmade lighting options today. This colonial taste of the coast is now being exported throughout the country, adding appeal to both antique and modern contemporary structures, both inside and outdoors.
Onion lights are still quite popular today. They range in price from $170 to over $700 for larger, more intricate designs and handmade lighting options. One of the brands offered at Crescent Harbor are the Brass Traditions by Malco. These beautifully handmade onion lights are made in Western Connecticut. They have a history of over 25 years of innovation and customer service. Each of their handmade lighting fixtures is enhanced by the various finishes that are offered by Brass Traditions. Great effort is taken to ensure that the onion lights and post mounts are manufactured with a craftsman’s love and attention. The old-world manufacturing techniques add a quality that is unparalleled.
If you are looking for handmade lighting options that are unique, but with a touch of colonial tradition, check out our beautiful selection of handmade lights today.