I loved this leather lampshade when I was a little girl. At that time, it sat atop a rounded orange glass base and had a plain little ball on top rather than this finial.
If my theory is correct, and my great-grandmother was one of the 'Delaware Moors' then perhaps this shade was made in imitation of the kind of work their forbears did in the past. It's obviously a modern adaptation, not something from the old country.
My mother was amazed and somewhat disturbed that I 'liked' this piece so much. But I absolutely loved it, especially when it still had its orange glass base. I got a wonderful feeling from it. On the other hand, my mother was convinced that it was ugly. I think it worried my mother that I liked all the things that had belonged to her grandmother, with whom she obviously had a very conflicted relationship. She didn't approve of that 'Delaware Moorishness,' and from what I've been able to read about them on-line, they were a group of people who for so many years 'lived apart' and had their own ways.
Written about at the turn of the last century, an author stated that they still kept to many of the old 'moorish' ways, but he did not enumerate any of them. I'm recollecting those pieces of coin jewelry, this leather lampshade, my great-grandmother's Tuareg cosmetic case, dagger, and Moroccan tea-glasses. Perhaps these are some of the things he was referring to. Anyway, I think my mother wanted to assimilate, and found this branch of the family 'too backward' - this was the reputation of the Delaware Moors in my mother's day, let's say, the 1920's. They don't seem to really exist any more. The 1970's opened the way for them to really assimilate, I suppose. They are now a part of America's past.