French 19th Century Bouillotte Lamp & Tole Shade
French Bouillotte lamp with its original painted tole shade. Bouillotte is a card game, popular in France during the 18th & 19th centuries. For light, they would use a bouillotte lamp. This particular one is brass with 3 candelabra arms, now U.S.. wired. As the candles would burn down one would use a key, where the shade connects the middle shaft, to lower the shade as the candles burned down. Allowing the players to be free of glare. 1880's or earlier.