The Three Volume Set

Over the past twenty years, Cindy and Chris Allen have been educating their friends and customers

about antique lighting from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Now is your opportunity to learn from

their expertise in this series of books on one of the least understood areas of collecting.

For the First time ever!


Volume One documents the gas Fixtures of the C.H. McKenney Company of Boston, Massachusetts.

These are important historical designs of chandeliers, wall brackets, newel standards, glass shades and

other lighting devices from the 1870s and 1880s. Over 300 fixtures are richly illustrated with the use of

leading edge technology, which has enabled the painstaking restoration of the original catalogue

lithographs. These digitally-enhanced images are reproduced here with the highest quality printing

standards available, so you can see every crisp detail!

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Volume Two documents the gas and electric Fixtures of the W.C. Vosburgh Company, Brooklyn, NY.

These are important historical designs of chandeliers, newel standards, table lamps, and glass shades

from the 1880s and 1890s. Nearly 100 breathtaking fixtures are richly illustrated.

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Volume Three documents the gas and electric fixtures of Mitchell Vance and Company, New York, NY.

These are important historical designs of chandeliers, newel standards, wall brackets, table lamps,

glass shades, and other lighting accessories from the 1890s. Over 200 fixtures are richly illustrated.

In addition, the illustrations are explained in practical, straightforward text intended to help the

reader identify and appreciate the pieces in their own collection. Each book also includes a

handy pull-out value guide that will be updated annually by the authors.

These books are invaluable references for anyone who is interested in fine antique lighting!

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Titles in the series:

Antique Lighting of the Nineteenth Century, Volume One:
The Lighting Fixtures of C.H. McKenney & Co. , Boston, Massachusetts

Antique Lighting of the Nineteenth Century, Volume Two:
The Lighting Fixtures of W.C. Vosburgh Company, Brooklyn, NY

Antique Lighting of the Nineteenth Century, Volume Three:
The Lighting Fixtures of Mitchell Vance and Company, New York, NY

Antique Lighting of the Nineteenth Century, Volume Four:
The Shades and Globes of the Gleason, Phoenix and Williamson Companies

Look for the Allens’ other reference texts:

The Architecture of Antique Lighting: A Historical Perspective

Art Glass Shades of the Early Twentieth Century: A Pictoral Essay




The complete set of books: Volumes 1, 2, and 3 are available for only $70 for the set plus $7.00 priority mail shipping and our own insurance. Regular price for books individually $85.00 Volume 1 ($35), Volume 2 ($25.00), Volume 3 ($25) plus shipping. They have arrived and are ready for immediate delivery!


The Three Volume Set
The value guides, one for each volume
Volume I
Volume II
Volume III
Here are what some of our readers are saying about our new book series: Color


"Hi Cindy and Chris,
Just wanted to drop you folks a line. I have just finished reading your books. I just wanted to tell you what a great job you have done on reproducing the catalogues. The computer-enhanced plates are outstanding! You did a nice job showing the evolution of the gas light over 1870s, 1880s and the 1890s. I also like how you suggested to new home restorer to compare the vintage fixture to the reproduction and see how they enhance one's living space. I feel one of the most important thing you highlight was, an owner of a gas fixture should be sensitive to the beauty and the age of the light. And take the time to have the lamp wired properly and make sure to keep the drill in the toolbox. As we all have seen, there are too many early brackets that have been drilled and poorly wired.
Good Luck,"
Erich - Oceanside, New York

"Cindy, The books arrived today. They're great!
Bob - Snohomish, Washington


"I received the books today. WELL DONE!! They are of high quality,
professionally done and very informative. They are certainly a nice
addition to my lighting reference library. Thanks,"
Dan - Hurleyville, New York


"I received the books. They are fantastic! I learned quite a bit from them already! I can't wait until the next one about shades comes out! As reference materials, they are invaluable..."
Joe - Cummings, Georgia

"Cindy - Your books arrived today and I just wanted to drop you a line and say that they are spectacular. Very well done. We appreciate your
efforts, which are much needed in the field."
Bo - Portland, Oregon

"Hi Cindy, rec'd books and think they're great.
Tom - Ben Lomond, California"

"Hi Cindy, I just wanted to let you know that I got the books today in the mail! They are fabulous! Everyone here loves them."
Anthony - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


"Three great books for one great price!"

Phil - Great Barrington, Massachusetts



If you care to order our books you may call us at 1-978-688-6466 or send us a check for $77.00 made payable to Cindy Allen and mail to Cindy Allen,

Allen's Antique Lighting

43 Under Pin Hill Road

Harvard,MA 01451

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or phone us at 978-688-6466