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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Hertel Avenue: A tip-top spot to shopBuffalo News, November 8th
The Antique Lamp Co. and Gift Emporium, 1213 Hertel Ave., has exquisite vintage lamps from the 1800s to the 1960s, as well as estate jewelry, china, glassware, linens, lace and furniture. Webb Exchange, 1507 Hertel Ave. has high-end furniture, antiques ...Read more
Self-storage customers finally get their goodsNapa Valley Register, November 8th
She had boxes of children's books, an ironing board, an antique lamp, a chalkboard, ladder, stereo and small Christmas tree. Hart has another unit at Napa Self Storage that she plans to keep, “but it's in a single-story building,” she said. Units on...Read more
Pimp up your lampshades this Diwali, all by yourselfHindustan Times, November 7th
Cut them in the dimension of your lampshade and stick it on the shade to pretty it up instantly. Has years of dust taken a toll on your pastel-hued lampshade? Spin some floral magic by covering the shade with artificial flowers. Let this vintage lamp...Read more
Incorporate fun decor elements at home this seasonTimes of India, October 31st
A brass kettle as decor piece, an old bucket as a magazine holder, a vintage lamp as corner accent -all these can be fun as decor elements. Article continues. Stay updated on the go with Times of India News App. Click here to download it for your device...Read more
Six bright ideas to add your personal style to your lightingMetroNews Canada, October 28th
Add a jolt of colour when re-wiring a boring or vintage lamp. $1.50 per foot, ColorCord.com. Clip Brass Light. Clip to the top of a mirror or painting, or add a couple along the top of a bookcase for sexy downward lighting. $100, CB2.com. Globe...Read more
Burglars steal 103-year-old antique lamp from grandparents' homeEcho, October 12th
Burglars raided a home while the owners were on holiday and stole their prized possession – a 103- year-old antique lamp. Thieves completely ransackedaWickford home while a 62-year-old woman and a 69- year-old man were visiting Suffolk for their only ...Read more