First let us define antique floor lamp. Of course a floor lamp normally rests upon the floor instead of resting upon a table, the wall or the ceiling. The general definition of an antique means something from a bygone era. This places the word beyond your legal arena and into common usage. “era” is general perceived and means a long indefinite time frame which also works out perfectly because of this general definition.
This general definition works perfectly since any identification of an “antique floor lamp” is fairly useless without a while period designation normally by means of circa 1905 which literally means “about the year 1905”. So I will use the term antique floor lamp on this basis and often substitute it with the term 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 product quality and styling of antique floor lights especially as most of the ones being produced today are molded plastic and literally made to be thrown away. Most all floor lamp makers from the turn of the century made their lamps from heavy metals such as cast iron, brass, steel and cast zinc sometimes coupled with marble, onyx, glass and stone. Our lamp shop regularly restores these antique floor lamps 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 since way back when. The electrical components, the fabric shades and the painted finishes often need restoration but most were made out of such fine quality, that they are a far greater value than brand new high end lamps that sell for most hundreds of dollars. You will find some other surprises about these collectible artwork 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 about the highly developed functional and technical characteristics. There are far too many examples to list here but I will mention a few the more important ones.
The brightest lamp that you can purchase today in any store was designed and made circa 1920. It is also the most versatile lamp you could buy anywhere. Further it’ll outlast most any modern lamp you can 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 look begins with much metal base sometimes highly decorated having an upright tubing leading up to a central electrical socket surrounded by 3 arm lights (4 lights total).
The central light takes a 3 way bulb (low-medium-high) that is often a MOGUL size that is larger than a standard socket with higher wattage (100-200-300 watts). The three arm lights are controlled by a switch that can turn on separately just 1, 2 or all 3 of the arm lights. himalayan salt lamp melting Further, a number of these JUNIORS had a small light beneath the base which provided an extremely subtle nighttime floor light operated by a foot switch mounted on the medial side of the base.
As if this weren’t enough, the central top socket is encased in a big metal cup which holds a white waffle patterned glass bowl that reflects light upward to bounce of the ceiling. A fabric or silk shade (also called JUNIOR shade) rests upon the glass reflector bowl to reflect light downward for reading. An individual arm light can provide a straightforward night light or at it brightest setting, it could light up a whole room. There is no brighter lamp or even more versatile lamp available anywhere today and it was designed and made nearly 100 years ago!
One of the better reading lamps on the planet was also designed circa 1920. It’s been highly imitated but it still remains unchallenged. The Bridge Arm Floor Lamp or Bridge Lamp has a typical floor lamp design with metal base and upright standard that may take the form of various types of decorated tubing, twisted iron rods, etc. Near the top of the standard is really a decorative cast metal arm with a graceful arc or curvature which ends having an electrical socket pointing downward and included in a fabric or glass shade.
This has the result of offsetting the light by about 14-18″ from the upright standard concurrently lowering it so that it is closer to the reading material or work project. The result is an excellent reading lamp or work lamp which places the light bulb very near the task accessible. A number of these Bridge Arm Floor Lamps have convenient pull chains which hang below underneath of the lampshade for ease of operation.