How can you tell a vintage lamp?

How do you know if a lamp is vintage?

Antique Lamp Supply recommends picking up the lamp and looking for a manufacturer’s symbol, name or date stamp embedded into the base. Also look on the lighting fixture itself; sometimes, the manufacturer includes a sticker that includes the name, or date of manufacture.

Can you tell how old a lamp is by its cord?

In an electric lamp, the cord often reveals the clue to the lamp’s age, unless the cord has been replaced. Inspect the cord; if it looks old, the lamp probably is as well. The metal prongs on the plug are likely the same size, rather than one end that is larger than the other.

How do you identify an Art Deco lamp?

Authentic art deco lamps have small, inconspicuous markings, commonly found at their bases or lower sides. These markings were either sand-blasted or acid-etched. Fakes, on the other hand, have very visible, larger markings.

How do I know if my antique lamp is valuable?

Lamps are often more valuable when left in an original condition with most or all the original parts. Lightly scratch the underside of the lamp surface to determine the type of material it is made from. Some lamps may appear to be made of metal, but they might also be painted to look and feel just like metal.

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How do you date an old lamp?

LOOK FOR A MAKER’S MARK

Look under the base of the lamp for the hallmark. It can also be a symbol or date stamp, which is really helpful. Even if it doesn’t feature a date, you can research the maker’s mark on the Internet.

How can you tell if a lamp is brass?

Solid brass is not magnetic. If the magnet sticks, the item is usually steel or cast iron, with a brass plating. If the magnet does not stick, you can test further by scratching a hidden area with a sharp tool. If you see a shiny yellow scratch, the item is likely solid brass.

How can I tell if I have a Bradley and Hubbard lamp?

The value is based on the condition of the glass shade and the size of the lamp. The shade appears to be intact, and the lamp is a nice size. If the lamp were marked, it would have a triangle with Bradley and Hubbard’s names.

What are Stiffel lamps?

The Stiffel Lamp Company, founded in Chicago in 1932 by Ted Stiffel, sought to use a variety of metals and creative designs in the lamps. The trademark feature of Stiffel lamps is a foil signature and a combination of metal and other materials in the composition of the lamp.