Handel Company

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Handel Company
Founded1885 (1885)
Defunct1936 (1936)
Area served
Predominantly the United States
Key people
P.J. Handel
Productslamps, glass objects

The Handel Company (1885–1936) was formed in Meriden, Connecticut, and over the years produced lamps and glass designs. The company was incorporated in 1903. As of c. 1911, P. J. Handel was president and treasurer of the business. In Meriden Illustrated (c. 1911), "[The company has] obtained [a] national reputation for the artistic and the high quality of their product. A number of patents are controlled which makes their business a very successful one. There is a force of 125 people skilled in the various branches and steadily engaged." Also at this time, the Handel Company maintained a showroom in New York City at the corner of West Broadway and Murray St. with dedicated sales agents for the entire United States. The production location was in Meriden on East Main Street, just east of Broad Street.[1]

Over the years, the following books have focused on the designs of Handel lamps: Joanne Grant's The painted lamps of Handel (c. 1978);[2] De Falco, Hibel & Hibel's Handel lamps: Painted shades and glassware (1986);[3] Carole Hibel's The Handel lamps book (1999);[4] and Robert DeFalco's Metal overlays by Handel (c. 2000).[5] Handel Company lamps were also included in Martin May's Great art glass lamps: Tiffany, Duffner & Kimberly, Pairpoint, and Handel.[6]

As of 2016, lamp designs by the Handel Company are in the following museum collections: Brooklyn Museum; Corning Museum of Glass; Museum of American Glass in Millville, NJ; Tucson Museum of Art; and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.[7]

In 2008, a Handel Company "fine and rare elk lamp" (c. 1917) was sold at Sotheby's in New York for US$85,000 in its "20th century design" sale.[8]


  1. ^ (c. 1911). "Meriden Illustrated", (p. 22). William S. Kline & Company: Kinderhook, NY. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  2. ^ Grant, Joanne. (c. 1978). The painted lamps of Handel. New Windsor, New York; 98 pp.
  3. ^ De Falco, Robert; Goldman Hibel, Carole; & Hibel, John. (1986). Handel lamps: Painted shades and glassware. 254 pp. H&D Press: Staten Island, NY.
  4. ^ Hibel, Carole Goldman. (1999). The Handel lamps book. 260 pp.
  5. ^ DeFalco, Robert. (c. 2000). Metal overlays by Handel. 108 pp. New York
  6. ^ May, Martin M. (c. 2003). Great art glass lamps: Tiffany, Duffner & Kimberly, Pairpoint, and Handel. 239 pp. Atglen, PA: Schiffer Pub. Ltd.
  7. ^ (2016. "Handel & Company designs in collections and at auction". artdesigncafe. Retrieved December 18, 2016
  8. ^ (2008). "Handel: A fine and rare elk lamp". Sotheby's website. Retrieved December 18, 2016.