First why don’t we define antique floor lamp. Needless to say a floor lamp normally rests upon the floor as opposed to resting upon a table, the wall or the ceiling. renaisance canopy bed history The overall definition of an antique means something from a bygone era. This places the term beyond your legal arena and into common usage. “era” is general perceived and is defined as 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 rather useless without a while period designation normally in the form of circa 1905 which literally means “about the year 1905”. So I will use the term antique floor lamp on this basis and frequently 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 lights especially as most of the people 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 cast iron, brass, steel and cast zinc sometimes coupled with marble, onyx, glass and stone. Our lamp shop regularly restores these antique floor lights for resale as well as for our customers’ own use.

From our 30 years of experience it really is clear that many of these 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, they are a far greater value than brand new high end lamps that sell for many hundreds of dollars. You will find some other surprises about these collectible works of art below.

Top quality, beauty and function were powerful influences on the makers of antique floor lights. Many people are aware of their outstanding quality and beauty but completely surprised about the highly developed functional and technical characteristics. You can find too many examples to list here but I’ll mention several 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 that you 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: 6 Way Floor Lamp, Reflector Floor Lamp, and “JUNIOR”. The design 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 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 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 little light beneath the base which provided a very subtle night time 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. A fabric or silk shade (also known as JUNIOR shade) rests upon the glass reflector bowl to reflect light downward for reading. An individual arm light can provide a simple night light or at it brightest setting, it could light up a whole room. There is absolutely no brighter lamp or even more versatile lamp available anywhere today and it was designed and made nearly a century ago!

Among the finest reading lamps on earth was also designed circa 1920. It has been highly imitated nonetheless it still remains unchallenged. The Bridge Arm Floor Lamp or Bridge Lamp includes a typical floor lamp design with metal base and upright standard that may take the form of various forms of decorated tubing, twisted iron rods, etc. Near the top of the standard is a decorative cast metal arm with a graceful arc or curvature which ends with 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 simultaneously lowering it so that it is closer to the reading material or work project. The result is a superb reading lamp or work lamp which places the lamp very near the task accessible. Several Bridge Arm Floor Lamps have convenient pull chains which hang below underneath of the lamp shade for ease of operation.

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