How to Replace Globes for Fenton Hurricane Lamps

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Though replacing glass for a Fenton hurricane lamp provides a challenge, a number of sources exist for finding globes. Fenton globe replacements include peach, turquoise, milk glass, clear, hobnail--a textured glass with large bumps--and thumbprint, a vintage glass style with rounded dents. According to the University of Kentucky, Fenton Art Glass--founded in 1905--is the top U.S. handmade glass manufacturer. Antique dealers, shops specializing in lamps, auctions and collectibles websites offer the possibility of tracking down the desired globe.

Things You'll Need

  • Tape measure
  • Write down what you know about the Fenton hurricane lamp globe you're replacing. Make a note of the color and type of glass, for example, hobnail milk glass.

  • Extend a tape measure across the center of the bottom of the existing globe, if it's available. Measure the bottom area of the globe that rests on the lamp, from the outside edge of the glass on each side. Hurricane chimney sizes go by the outside measurement of the globe's base.

  • Measure the base of the Fenton hurricane lamp--the part the globe rests on--if the former globe isn't available or is too badly damaged to measure. Measure inside the lip or prongs where the globe rests on the top of the lamp base. Take the measurement straight across the widest part of the circle where the globe sits.

  • Buy or order the replacement glass in the desired size and color.

Tips & Warnings

  • Some companies that carry Fenton replacement globes offer a finding service. This allows you to specify the color or type of glass, such as hobnail milk glass or other choice to replace your globe with one that matches the original lamp.
  • Some colors and types of glass are more difficult to find than others. You may find a suitable globe that fits and looks appropriate at a lower price and with less effort. For example, replace the globe with clear glass rather than holding out for a particular color.
  • If possible, examine the globe in daylight, near a window, to check for chips or cracks.
  • Check the dealer's reputation and return policies, the site's rules and buyer protection practices before bidding at online auctions.
  • Contact dealers who specialize in hurricane lamps, art glass or antiques. Antique stores often carry complementary directories of antique dealers, including businesses that specialize in replacement glass.
  • Look up unfamiliar businesses with the Better Business Bureau before placing an order.

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