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    Trying to figure out how old it could be. We got it from a friend who was moving. It belonged to his grandmother.

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    1. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
      Is it actual Tiffany (marked) or Tiffany style? Really neat looking either way.
    2. caycat52 caycat52, 2 years ago
      I have almost the same lamp, mine is signe underneath, is yours?
    3. KatyK, 2 years ago
      Look on the bottom, there might be a B & H and that stands for Bradley & Hubbard. That is the style the made.
    4. caycat52 caycat52, 2 years ago
      Mine is Miller, not B & H
    5. groveland, 2 years ago
      A very pretty desirable lamp but most definitely not Tiffany. Not even really correct to call it "Tiffany style" but many do.

      Contemporaneous with Tiffany were other companies that made glass shade lamps. Some were of a quality rivaling that of Tiffany and were quite expensive in their day as they are now. Others, like yours, are very nice but lower cost alternatives of varying quality. Some of the better quality makers were Miller, Salem Brothers, Bradley and Hubbard, just to name a few. Many are not marked.

      The curved glass inserts in the shade are called slag glass. The butter scotch color is the most common. Sometimes swirls of other colors were added or predominant.

      The shade frame and base for most of these lamps were made out of an alloy called white metal. It was a lesser cost alternative to the bronze used in the more expensive lamps of the day. The castings of the lamps by the better makers could be quite crisp and well done. The white metal was given a coating which could be a color, resemble bronze, etc. That said, the base of yours may be bronze. There are ways of telling.

      These lamps might have a trademark molded into the underside of the base (if present, to see that, you might need to remove the baseplate to see it), the rim of the shade and even the harp (e.g., Pittsburgh used an adjustable harp where the thumb screws are marked "PLB&G" for Pittsburgh lamp, brass and glass, the full name of the company). Other at times obscure locations for the trademark were sometimes used. Give a good look over.

      Most of these lamps were NOT marked. Yours may be one of those.

      A nice lamp the type of which I have a number. They're pretty and useful.


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