How do you date a lamp by the plug?
Clues in the 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 can you tell if a lamp is porcelain?
There are several ways to tell if a dish is pottery or porcelain. If your dish is chipped porcelain, the chip is shell-shaped. Pottery is opaque; light does shine through a piece of porcelain.
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.
How do you know if a lamp is worth money?
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.
How do you tell if something is made of porcelain?
The easiest way to identify porcelain figurines as opposed to earthenware or stoneware figurines is to examine the piece. Porcelain figurines have a delicate, fragile quality to them and are somewhat translucent, whereas, stoneware or earthenware figurines are not.
How can you tell ceramic from porcelain?
Porcelain tends to have a thinner, whiter, and more delicate appearance than ceramic. If both figurines are white, note which figurine has more gloss. The fusion of petuntse and kaolin in porcelain gives it this glossy, glass-like appearance. Strike both figurines softly with a fingernail.
How do I identify an antique lamp?
Antique lamps should feature hand-painted designs, so look for brush marks. If the work is perfectly smooth, it might be a decal. You can also identify a decal by touch — decals are smooth, while paint feels textured. Generally, the presence of decals indicates a modern reproduction rather than an antique.
How do you tell if a lamp is an antique?
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.