The characteristics of collecting change, not only in general but with the individual as well. Lamps are not my thing; however, my recent finds have all been lamps. I bought 11 lamps in the past three weeks. Who needs 11 lamps besides someone who collects lamps or lives in a very big, very dark house? It often happens this way. You buy one of something then suddenly it seems you are finding that something everywhere.
How to Determine the Year a Table Lamp Was Manufactured
How can I date my vintage or current Anglepoise lamp? – Anglepoise
When identifying an antique lamp, consumers may need to determine the history, age and period of the lamp to assess its historical relevance. This can be done by examining the lighting fixture for casting or foundry marks, which are believed to have been used by the installer to identify the parts and avoid duplication. Casting marks are often numbers and symbols and help distinguish originals from reproductions. Examine the base of the lamp. Tiffany Studios, a renowned maker of lamps during the early s, always made lamps with a bronze base. An antique bronze base would reveal a golden brass color if scraped using a fingernail or a metal screwdriver.
Vintage Wire And Supply
Old oil lamps can be a fun addition to your home or a source of a profit, depending on the condition and age of your lamps. While you can tell what shape the lamp is in by looking at it, you probably won't be able to find much manufacturing information on antique oil lamps. The best way to get an exact date of manufacture is by having an appraiser view the lamp.
Lamps offered at auctions might be trash or may be treasure. The lamp you use daily might also be a valuable item. Determining the worth of any lighting fixture means taking a good look at some obvious clues and doing a bit of research to estimate the value. Don't assume because it's old that it's valuable. The same is true of modern lighting.