Period Reproductions and Restorations

The highly skilled craftsman who individually hand-blows each chimney works out of his shop located in the New England area. All glassware profiles have been copied from period pieces and all glassware is made using Pyrex glass that will not crack as a result of the heat generated by oil-burning lamps. Top and bottom cut edges are fire polished to help reduce chipping in these two vulnerable areas. Fitter diameters can be custom adjusted to meet your particular needs and where noted, custom heights can be ordered.

Argand Chimneys

These reproduction Argand chimneys come in two styles and two stock heights. The difference in styles is in the shoulder design: the chimney pictured to the left has a soft shoulder and the chimney to the right has a sharp shoulder. Both styles show up on period chimneys. Stock heights are 8-1/2" and 9-1/2"; the fitter outside diameter is 2". This fitter dimension seems to be fairly standard. Both top and bottom edges are fire polished to reduce the chance of chipping in these vulnerable areas. Chimneys are made using Pyrex glass to minimize the risk of breakage when they are used with oil-burning lamps. Custom chimneys are available - call for a quotation.

AC-1-R Argand Chimney - 8-1/2", specify shoulder style


AC-2-R Argand Chimney - 9-1/2", specify shoulder style


AC-3-R Argand Chimney - custom length, either shoulder style



Solar Chimneys

Solar chimneys are available in two sizes. The large chimney is 10-1/4" high, the top-outside diameter is 1-5/16", and the diameter at the bottom is 2-1/8". The flair diameter measures 2-13/32". The small chimney is 8-3/8" high, the top outside- diameter is 1-3/8", and the diameter at the bottom is 1-13/16". The flair diameter measures 2-1/16". These sizes seem to be fairly standard but if you should need a chimney with custom dimensions please call for a quotation. The top and bottom edges are fire polished to reduce the chance of chipping in these vulnerable areas and the chimneys are made using Pyrex glass to minimize the risk of breakage when they are used with oil-burning lamps.

AC-3L-R Solar Chimney - large


AC-3S-R Solar Chimney - small



Argand Chimney/Shade

This shade was designed to be used on lamps that had a chimney holder that did not accommodate a shade. It is a nice alternative to be used on more stylish lamps that might benefit from a more fashionable chimney. The fitter is identical in size to that of the Argand chimneys and the chimney/shade can be furnished with a custom height to suit your needs. The shade on the lamp above measures 8” in height; the photo below shows both the 8” shade as well as a 7” shade. The profile of this shade was copied from the chimney on the lamp on page 179 in 19th Century Elegant Lighting by Gerald T. Gowitt.

ACS-1-R Argand Chimney/Shade, specify height



Argand Chimney
Separate Prison, Tasmania, Australia

This chimney and shade were developed for use on one of two custom designed hanging fixtures that I made for the restoration of the Separate Prison located at the Port Arthur Historic Site in Tasmania, Australia. Three sketches of the Prison's interior that were drawn in the period along with surviving documents that are in the Site's archives were used to develop the various lighting fixtures. Enlarging and tweaking the photo of one of the sketches yielded an image of the chimney as it has been reproduced and is pictured here. The shape of this chimney is similar to that of the Chimney/shade with the exception of the diameter and height of the portion above the bulge.

The fitter of this chimney is 2-5/8 inches and can be re-sized to fit your holder. The diameter of the bulge is 3 inches and the height as pictured is 10 inches . The bulge can be frosted and the height can be adjusted to meet your requirements.

Click HERE for more information & images about the Separate Prison..

AC-5-1 Argand 'Separate Prison' Chimney - outside frost bulge


AC-5-2 Argand 'Separate Prison' Chimney - clear bulge



Custom Chimneys

There has been a demand for reproduction chimneys that can be used without fear of them cracking due to heat shock when lamps are burned. Chimneys that are made from borosilicate glass which is most commonly known as Pyrex glass can be made to fit your needs. These chimneys will withstand the stresses of heat shock and can be safely used.

The photograph above pictures an original period chimney at the left. The client requested chimneys based on this profile to fit two different burners; the chimneys to the right are the result.

Cost depends upon a number of factors such as size, the number required, the complexity of the profile, and the amount of time needed to prepare the necessary information that is needed by the glassblower. In many instances the glassblower will have to have the burner(s) on hand so that he can fine-tune the fit of the chimney to the burner. Please get in touch for more information.

Terms for glassware:

Full payment must be received for the total order including packing, insurance, and shipping prior to shipping. Chimneys are stock items; shades that are not in stock at the time an order is placed are considered to be special orders. Shades and chimneys made to your specifications are considered as special orders. Special orders require a non-refundable 10% deposit at the time the order is placed. You will be notified when a second non-refundable deposit of 40% will be due - this date will coincide with the date your order will be scheduled to be made; this payment must be received within 7 days of receipt of the notice. The remaining 50% plus packing, insurance, and shipping is due within 30 days of payment of the second deposit and before the order is shipped. Returns are subject to a 50% re-stocking charge; packing, insurance, and shipping charges are not refunded. Deposits are forfeited if any of these terms are not met. A $35 fee will be charged if any payments are returned for insufficient funds or other reasons.


Prices are subject to change without notice. Web site errors, whether photographic or typographic, are subject to correction when ordering.


JP - Tinsmith
Joel Paradis
7249 West Main Street
Westmoreland, New York 13490
Telephone: (315) 853-1444
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