Antique Floor Lamps — World’s Best Reading Lamps


First let us define antique floor lamp. Needless to say a floor lamp normally rests upon the surface as opposed to resting upon a table, the wall or even the ceiling. The typical definition of an antique means something from the bygone era. This places the term outside the legal arena and into common usage. «era» is general perceived and is described as an extended indefinite timeframe which works out perfectly just for this general definition. This general definition works perfectly since any identification of an «antique floor lamp» is pretty useless without a little while period designation normally such as circa 1905 which literally means «concerning the year 1905». Thus I make use of the phrase antique floor lamp on this basis and sometimes substitute it together with the term vintage floor lamp. This discussion is not going to address modern reproductions of antique lamps that is another susceptible to itself.

Increasing numbers of people are finding out how to appreciate the standard and styling of antique floor lamps especially as most of the ones being produced today are molded plastic and literally intended to be disposed of. Most all floor lamp makers from the turn in the century made their lamps from heavy metals like cast iron, brass, steel and cast zinc sometimes put together with marble, onyx, glass and stone. Our lamp shop regularly restores these antique pendant lighting for resale as well as for our customers’ own use. From our 30 years of experience it is actually clear that a number of these antique floor lamps may last for many years. The electrical components, the fabric shades and also the painted finishes often need restoration but the majority were made out of such fine quality, they are a better value than brand new top quality lamps that sell for several several hundred dollars. You will find a few other surprises about these collectible works of art below.

High quality, beauty and function were powerful influences in the makers of antique floor lamps. So many people are mindful of their outstanding quality and beauty but completely surprised about the highly developed functional and technical characteristics. You will find quite a few examples to list out here having said that i will mention a couple of the greater important ones.

The brightest lamp that you could purchase today in any store was made and made circa 1920. Also, it is the most versatile lamp that you can buy anywhere. Further it is going to outlast most any modern lamp that one could find at any price. This antique floor lamp is well known by way of a numerous names such as: 6 Way Floor Lamp, Reflector Floor Lamp, and «JUNIOR». The look starts with a large metal base sometimes highly decorated with the upright tubing leading as much as a central electrical socket in the middle of 3 arm lights (4 lights total). The central light requires a 3 way bulb (low-medium-high) that is often a MOGUL size which can be greater than a standard socket with higher wattage (100-200-300 watts). Three of the arm lighting is controlled with a switch that can turn on separately just 1, 2 or all 3 in the arm lights. Further, a number of these JUNIORS enjoyed a small light under the base which provided a really subtle night time floor light operated from a foot switch mounted on the side of the base. Just as if this were inadequate, the central top socket is encased in the large metal cup which holds a white waffle patterned glass bowl that reflects light upward to bounce of your ceiling. A fabric or silk shade (also known as JUNIOR shade) rests upon the glass reflector bowl to mirror light downward for reading. A single arm light provides a basic night light or at it brightest setting, it may light a full room. There is absolutely no brighter lamp or maybe more versatile lamp available anywhere today and yes it was designed and made nearly 100 years ago!

Among the best reading lamps on earth had also been designed circa 1920. It has been highly imitated but it still remains unchallenged. The Bridge Arm Floor Lamp or Bridge Lamp carries a typical floor lamp design with metal base and upright standard which could take the form of various types of decorated tubing, twisted iron rods, etc. Towards the top of the standard is actually a decorative cast metal arm using a graceful arc or curvature which ends by having an electrical socket pointing downward and protected by a fabric or glass shade. It has the result of offsetting light by about 14-18″ through the upright standard as well lowering it that it is even closer the reading material or work project. The result is a superb reading lamp or work lamp which places the lighting bulb very near the task available. A number of these Bridge Arm Floor Lamps have convenient pull chains which hang below the bottom of the lamp shade for easy operation.


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