First let us define antique floor lamp. Needless to say a floor lamp normally rests upon the floor instead of resting upon a table, the wall or the ceiling. The overall definition of an old-fashioned means something from the bygone era. solid wood bunk beds for sale This places the term beyond your legal arena and into common usage. “era” is general perceived and is defined as a long indefinite time period which also computes perfectly because of this general definition.
This general definition works perfectly since any identification of an “antique floor lamp” is fairly useless without some time period designation normally in the form of circa 1905 which literally means “concerning the year 1905”. So I use the word 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 which 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 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 combined 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 is clear that many of the antique floor lamps can last for hundreds of years. The electrical components, the fabric shades and the painted finishes often need restoration but most were made with such fine quality, they are a much better value than brand new high end lamps that sell for most hundreds of dollars. You will discover various 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 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 am going to mention a number of the more important ones.
The brightest lamp you could purchase today in any store was designed and made circa 1920. Additionally it is the most versatile lamp that you can buy anywhere. Further it’ll outlast most any modern lamp you could 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 with an upright tubing before a central electrical socket surrounded by 3 arm lights (4 lights total).
The central light takes a 3 way bulb (low-medium-high) that’s often a MOGUL size that 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, many of these JUNIORS had a small light under the base which provided an extremely subtle night time floor light operated by a foot switch mounted on the 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 known as JUNIOR shade) rests upon the glass reflector bowl to reflect light downward for reading. A single arm light can provide a simple night light or at it brightest setting, it can 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 a century ago!
The most effective reading lamps in the world was also designed circa 1920. It has been highly imitated but 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 having an electrical socket pointing downward and covered by a fabric or glass shade.
This has the effect of offsetting the light by about 14-18″ from the upright standard at the same time lowering it in order 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 LIGHTS have convenient pull chains which hang below the bottom of the lamp shade for ease of operation.