First why don’t we define antique floor lamp. Of course a floor lamp normally rests upon the ground as opposed to resting upon a table, the wall or the ceiling. The general definition of an old-fashioned means something from a bygone era. This places the term beyond your legal arena and into common usage. “era” is general perceived and means a long indefinite time period which also works out perfectly because of this general definition.
This general definition works perfectly since any identification of an “antique floor lamp” is rather useless without a while period designation normally by means of circa 1905 which literally means “about the year 1905”. So I use the term antique floor lamp with this basis and often substitute it with the word vintage floor lamp. This discussion does not address modern reproductions of antique lamps that is another subject to itself.
More and more people are learning to appreciate the quality and styling of antique floor lamps especially as most of the ones being produced today are molded plastic and literally designed to be thrown away. Most all floor lamp makers from the turn of the century made their lamps from heavy metals such as for example cast iron, brass, steel and cast zinc sometimes combined with marble, onyx, glass and stone. Our lamp shop regularly restores these antique floor lights for resale in addition to for the customers’ own use.
From our 30 years of experience it really is clear that many of the antique floor lamps will last for hundreds of years. The electrical components, the fabric shades and the painted finishes often need restoration but most were made with such fine quality, that they are a far greater value than brand new high end lamps that sell for many hundreds of dollars. You will discover some other surprises about these collectible works of art below.
Top quality, beauty and function were powerful influences on the makers of antique floor lamps. Many people know about their outstanding quality and beauty but completely surprised concerning the highly developed functional and technical characteristics. There are too many examples to list here but I will mention several the more important ones.
The brightest lamp that you could purchase today in any store was designed and made circa 1920. It is also the most versatile lamp that one could buy anywhere. Further it will outlast most any modern lamp that you could find at any price. This antique floor lamp is known by a numerous names such as for example: 6 Way Floor Lamp, Reflector Floor Lamp, and “JUNIOR”. The design begins with much metal base sometimes highly decorated with an upright tubing before a central electrical socket surrounded by 3 arm lights (4 lights total).
The central light requires a 3 way bulb (low-medium-high) that’s often a MOGUL size which is larger than a typical socket with higher wattage (100-200-300 watts). The three arm lights are controlled by way of a switch that can turn on separately just 1, 2 or all 3 of the arm lights. Further, a number of these JUNIORS had a small light under the base which provided a very subtle nighttime floor light operated by way of a foot switch mounted on the medial side of the base.
As if this were not enough, the central top socket is encased in a large metal cup which holds a white waffle patterned glass bowl that reflects light upward to bounce of the ceiling. diy cloud with lights A fabric or silk shade (also known as JUNIOR shade) rests upon the glass reflector bowl to reflect light downward for reading. A single arm light can provide a straightforward night light or at it brightest setting, it can light up an entire room. There is no brighter lamp or even more versatile lamp available anywhere today also it was designed and made nearly 100 years ago!
One of the best reading lamps on the globe was also designed circa 1920. It has been highly imitated nonetheless it still remains unchallenged. The Bridge Arm Floor Lamp or Bridge Lamp has a typical floor lamp design with metal base and upright standard which can take the form of varied types of decorated tubing, twisted iron rods, etc. At the top of the standard is a decorative cast metal arm with a graceful arc or curvature which ends having an electrical socket pointing downward and covered by a fabric or glass shade.
This has the result of offsetting the light by about 14-18″ from the upright standard at the same time lowering it in order that it is closer to the reading material or work project. The result is an excellent reading lamp or work lamp which places the lamp very near the task at hand. A number of these Bridge Arm Floor Lamps have convenient pull chains which hang below underneath of the lampshade for ease of operation.