Selecting Ball Shades
Ball shades are customarily used on tall banquet lamps and piano lamps.
Smaller ruffled top ball shades are used on shorter banquet lamps and some table lamps.
Ball Chimney Shade with a standard 3" base is another option for average size oil lamps.
Bottom Fitter: most ball shades have an open, straight-sided base fitting a 4" fitter shade holder.
Height: shade should be proportional to lamp. Height is measure by inserting a ruler inside shade.
Chimney height must be taller than shade. Bulge of chimney should be thin enough to slide through interior of shade base.
Ball Shades were the darling of the Victorian era. These shades are most remembered as the very decorative. A favorite pattern was large hand painted flowers. These were frequently used on Gone with the Wind Lamps.
Sizes and Neck Shapes vary: