Antique and vintage lamps span a broad spectrum, including well known-styles like Victorian and slag glass and leading names like Tiffany, Handel, and Aladdin. Values vary greatly and reproductions abound, so do your homework.
The earliest type of lamp, the oil lamp, was a simplistic vessel with an absorbent wick. These were mass-produced starting in the 19th century. Manufacturers typically made the metal base and burner and bought the glass from another manufacturer.
Between the 1840s and the early 1900s, during the Victorian era, oil lamps and candelabras coexisted with early electric lamps. In 1908, Aladdin Industries Inc. created the Aladdin lamp, an oil lamp so bright that no one was able to find another oil lamp that compared, despite Aladdin's offer of a thousand dollars if they could.
The biggest development in lamps toward the end of the 1800s was the growing popularity of ornate glass lampshades, often with floral imagery. Lamps started to become a decorative, rather than just functional, item. Slag glass (pressed glass with milky stripes), for example, became popular in England and America, and many lamp companies used it to create beautiful lamp shades.
Decorative table and floor lamps reached the height of their popularity in the U.S. in the first two decades of the 20th century, spurred by the success of Tiffany and its Arts and Crafts and Art Nouveau competitors, like Handel.
Tiffany and others made bronze and gilt-bronze lamp bases, often simulating plants or tree trunks, and floral or other naturalistic art glass shades with colorful iridescent glass pieces leaded together. Thousands of Tiffany lamps were made, and they're highly collectible today. By the 1920s, many lamp designers had started to shift to Art Deco styles, characterized by angular lines and squared glass or paper shades. Also common were deco figural lamps with stems made to look like people.
Post WWII, mid-century lamps tended to be simpler (Eames), sillier (TV lamps) or groovier (lava lamps). Eames lamps were often made of metal and featured long, narrow, and sometimes wavy stems. Lamps with multiple bulbs and lamps with swiveling necks were also common. So-called TV lamps were also popular in the 1950s. Typically made of ceramic or plaster, these were backlit decorative sculptures created in the shape of animals, people, and plants...
Lava lamps, an icon of the 1960s and 70s, combined heated wax, chemicals, and dyed water to create lava-like imagery. Lava lamps were used more for decoration than for lighting.
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The antique lamp hanging in front of the building is the exact replica of one hanging at the Taj Mahal." Condition: It's in prime condition and maintained beautifully as the pivotal bank of the nation, playing a vital role in balancing the economy of...Read more
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And if you're feeling the holiday spirit already, Susan Tobin is happy to help inside "The Antique Lamp and Gift Emporium." "One of a kind customer service. We know our customers by their first name, they come in regularly to see us, even if it's just...Read more
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Leroy Welborn pursued a philosophy similar to Swinney's and Burgess' — offer services the big hardware outlets didn't. Because of his background in all things electrical, he branched into lamp rewiring and antique lamp rebuilding. Initially, the labor...Read more
Go North for ChristmasArtvoice, November 20th
On Hertel, you can take your pick: The Antique Lamp Co. (1213 Hertel), Buffalo Antiques & Quality Furniture (1539 Hertel). There are all kinds of clothing shops to choose from—from colorful tie-dyes, silk sarongs and warm mittens at Terrapin Station...Read more
Belkin WeMo Motion, Switch, And Light Switch Review: Good Luck Getting Them ...Android Police, November 13th
My app Lightbow was originally created for Philips Hue (and family) but some of my users also had Belkin WeMo and wanted to use the two together. (For example, you could have a crazy modern Philips LED setup, but still keep that old vintage lamp you...Read more
Jeremiah Brent's 10 Easy Home Design UpgradesGQ Magazine (blog), November 13th
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