Today, for the first time, I've noticed a replica base being offered for sale. In all fairness, the base was offered as a "Pairpoint-style" lamp base, and I am not claiming anything nefarious at all. The Seller offers full disclosure that the base is made in Taiwan by the Odyssey Lamp Company. With all candor, I think the workmanship is good and the appearance is true to the original designs.
Now for my reason for writing...we all know that as time passes, and new collectors come to the market, attribution can get fuzzy. There are those that eventually decide to take some liberties with the facts. I merely want to alert our visitors to our observations. With regard to Pairpoint Lamp authentication, every lamp base I've seen has been clearly signed (by casting or incision) under the foot. The Mahogany wood bases have their catalog numbers incised into the washer-nut that holds the lamp together. This is just a reminder to those collectors, who may be new to this collecting area, to be careful. As the old saying goes, "Caveat Emptor."
March 7, 2020