Light up your memory with some some great old home décor — antique and vintage table lamp bases and shades from the beginning of the twentieth century to its end!
The retro electric lighting shown here ranges from popular to obscure, basic to artistic, budget to luxury, and includes some of the most memorable styles, like Tiffany-inspired, art deco, art nouveau, craftsman and mid-century modern.
Popular lamp materials from the past included art glass, brass and other metals, wood, ceramics and porcelain, silk and crystal — all of which you will see below.
Taken together, you will find a wide range of vintage table lamps for some good old-fashioned interior decoration inspiration… or even just a warm and bright trip down memory lane.
Antique electric table lamps from the early 1900s
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Art glass electric portable table lamps (early 1900s)
Electric portable lamp featuring an iridile shade with verde ribs (1912)
Antique lamp designs from the 1910s
Electric portables – featuring wood portable Mission oak finish lamps (Craftsman style) and a Butler silver 5-light lamp.
Lamps created by R. Williamson & Co, Chicago
“Titania” and “Lulli” L’Art Noveau lamps (1910)
Unique designer lamps (1910s)
Featuring lamps made of old brass (with a beaded fringe), brushed brass, and a rich gilt and satin globe lamp.
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Various Mission oak finish/Craftsman-style art glass lamps from the 1910s
Painted glass Library Table Lamp from Handel (1919)
In the making of these unusual lamps, every device of the artist-craftsman is brought into full play.
The search for the motif; the choice of pleasing lines which shall bring the base in harmony with the shade; the fashioning of the durable materials, and finally the hand-decorating of the shade, make them art objects of permanent attractiveness.
The Library Table Lamp in the illustration is No. 6637 — a lamp of decorative value as well as utility.
Colorful home lamp styles (1920)
A portion of “The lamp as a color note” — by Ethel Davis Seal / Drawings by Marion Dismant
The old idea that a lamp is primarily designed to give light in dark places has become a mere matter of course in the midst of the constant flux of delightful possibilities we are growing daily to associate with the new lamps.
We are learning to demand and to appreciate such factors as beauty of shape, a fine choice of materials, a decorative relation between the lamp base and the shade, stunning color, and, whether we make or buy our lamps, we are learning to require a rich simplicity that is colorful and in good taste,
As a color note in the room nothing can surpass the possibility of the lamp, for whether it is richly dull or brilliantly daring, this choice depending upon the needed accent, in the daytime the color of the unlighted lamp brings out and intensifies the scheme of which it may be the strongest note, or it shines forth as-a jewel against a contrasting setting especially prepared for it.
Antique Handel yellow brass glass lamp (1922)
Handel Lamps are ever in accord with the best in interior decoration.
To the richness of Oriental rugs, the dignity of fine old paintings and the gleam of deep mahogany, they bring harmony of color and grace of line not found in ordinary lamps.
All glass shades are hand-painted, all metal parts superbly finished. Handel Lamp No. 6930 goes admirably on the library table. No. 6993 is a unique floor lamp.
The Handel name is on every Handel Lamp. Look for it.
Striking red and gold Handel table lamp with parrots and flower design (1923)
During the long, bleak evenings of winter, the soft, colorful beauty of a Handel Lamp adds a warm glow of friendly welcome to every room.
So skillfully are the rich colors blended that there is a perfect harmony between shade and standard — between lamp and the most thoughtfully selected interior draperies and furnishings.
The true beauty of permanence is wrought into each Handel Lamp. With ordinary care, it will last for a lifetime. You will find many exquisite designs at the better dealers — one which blends with your decorative plan in every room.
The name “Handel” is on every genuine Handel Lamp. Look for it when you select the lamp for your home or for a distinctive gift. The table lamp illustrated is No. 7026.
European style lamps by Carbone (1927)
Exquisite craftsmanship in iron and clay from over the sea has inspired designers in this country to incorporate the work in our household arts of all times and periods.
Through years of importing Italian, Spanish and French wares, we have been working toward a unification of foreign and domestic ideals and with our lamps have reached a point which brings the merited acclaim of decorators far and wide.
Lamps shown included a bird statuette with flower arrangement (No. G.B 379), a rustic painted jar lamp (No. F.R. 5025), and a green leaf lamp (No. R.V. 2592).
“Masculine” lamps designed by Waylande Gregory (1936)
Sport motifs on lamps for masculine rooms, by Waylande Gregory. Above, a tennis player cut in white on terra cotta porcelain. A tennis net covers the shade.
Center, polo-player on smoky gray porcelain. The shade is natural. Above right, a sailor in white wig-wags on a marine blue base.
Dashing animals, also designed by Waylande Gregory, for gay lamps. Lower left, a giraffe on lemon suede-finished porcelain.
Green wool grass grows an the shade. Center below, painted ponies with wool tails curvet on the shade. Lower right, gray and white zebra on gray and white striped base.
Table lamps… traditional and modern (1937)
Spread shows various lamp styles — including column style, white china, burnished silver, porcelain, cut crystal, heavy crystal, glass, bridge, and more.
Traditional-style vintage table lamp designs
1. Charming for an 18th Century English or French room is the graceful column lamp of shining silver lustre in spiral effect. holding a simple natural colored parchment shade and crystal finial. About 16 inches overall.
2. For a Chinese Chippendale scheme, we have selected this white porcelain lamp with its all-over Chinese floral motif in soft greens and pinks on a teakwood stand. The simple tailored shade is white silk shantung.
3. To complement a Classic or Empire setting is this delicate white china base decorated with a Greek key motif in deep blue and gold lines. Its lovely white silk shade is trimmed with narrow grosgrain bands in blue.
4. Burnished silver over copper shell, in a lovely melon and swirl shape, forms the base of this lamp which rests on a natural wood stand. The beige silk shade has a narrow fold trim in beige and copper faille ribbon.
5. Especially attractive for a traditional living room done in tones of white is this old-white pottery jug with a raised bird and flower design. Its shade of rough white silk shantung has a decorative self-tone binding.
6. Although practical and pleasing in any scheme, this standing thee-light lamp would seem to fit best in a typical Empire card or game room. Of painted tin, it is finished in black and gold. Matching oval-shaped shade.
7. The delicate Spode porcelain lamp above has a lovely floral decoration in reddish brown coloring on a natural wood base. Narrow pink and white folds border the tailored silk shade in a soft pinky copper tone.
8. A “Bibliothec” lamp — and how fitting it is for the well-decorated library! Made of leather to simulate book bindings in reds, greens and browns. it is topped with a natural silk shade with contrasting colored bindings.
Modern-style table lamps from the 1930s
1. This delicate lamp of cut crystal on a chromium silver foot would be charming in a modern bedroom done in pale tones. The bell-shaped taffeta shade in champagne col-or has a small flower motif in self tone.
2. The smart note of emerald green is emphasized in this modern lamp of Sevres porcelain, set on a chromium stand. Emerald green velvet bands decorate the pale pink claire de lune shade. About 25 inches overall.
3. Distinguished both in shape and color is this terra cotta pottery lamp with its raised design of figures. Further to enhance its beauty is a lighter toned terra cotta silk shade having deep bouclé trim in off-white.
4. The striking color combination of this zebra lamp makes it an excellent choice for the modern-minded man’s study. Made of black and white pottery with gray suede cloth shade; black and white grosgrain trim.
5. Any table would be proud to display this beautiful heavy crystal lamp — modern in design. Frosted on two sides, with front and back of clear cut crystal, it holds a diagonal striped silk shade in white; velvet band trim
6. This smart cut-crystal lamp with its swirl-shape pleated ivory taffeta shade has copper silk folds at top and bottom and would be a distinctive note in a contemporary background. It measures 26 inches over all.
7. The modern reading lamp of architectural glass demonstrates a new use of this mate-rial. Shade is topped by disc of slanting metal louvers which rest on the column. Bulb and socket are concealed and light diffused.
8. For your modern brown and beige scheme is this bridge lamp with standard finished in tobacco brown on spun aluminum base, and meeting I.E.S. specifications. Beige silk shade has triple bands in silver and brown.
The Guardsman retro metal desk and table lamps (1939)
Vintage table lamps from Harmony House (1946)
Two sensational lamp developments, representing the utmost progress in post-war lamp design.
Both give a greater light spread… more usable light… because the source of light is lowered! The bulb is the heart of a lamp — and the hearts of these lamps are in the right place… not lost at the top of the shade.
Wanamaker’s vintage lamps (1948)
Light up your Christmas with a hand painted Tyndale china lamp, a Westwood English brass finish urn lamp, an all brass colonial chimney lamp, or any other of these festive lamps.
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Whitmer western style lamps (1953)
Westwood Eastern styled lamps (1959)
Lightolier fashionable line of lamps (1953)
Highlight the beauty of your home with Bradley lamps (1953)
Whatever your room theme… whatever your color scheme… Bradley lamps dramatize, emphasize the beauty of your home.
Brilliantly fashioned Bradley originals are perfectly proportioned for maximum lighting efficiency… always pleasing to the eye. Moderately priced, of course.
Choose Bradley lamps — the most beautiful lamps in all the world.
Retro styled lamps by Bradley (1953)
Lightolier — work wonders with light (1959)
Make light of his work with a wonder-working Lightolier desk lamp. The exclusive new molded one-piece shade and diffuser bowl gives a flood of sight-saving, glare-free light. The perforated metal top baffle shields the eye from direct glare.
The three-way switch insures the right amount of light for every need. And the style is lovely in any home: slim, slender, simple… a credit to your taste. Base and shaft in a variety of smart contrasting and matching colors.
It’s just one of Lightolier’s many flexible, fashionable desk lamps (there are floor and wall models, too).
Stiffel classic style pine lamp (1962)
Late British Renaissance (or George I) carved pine urn characteristic of the work of Inigo Jones and H. Tanner, Jun. Unusual frieze on urn with excellent leaves throughout carved ornament retains vestiges of gilt and old whiting.
Vintage Stiffel lamp with cut crystal (1962)
Early 18th Century French candelabrum of Provincial origin with some Flemish influence apparent. Original likely executed in old pewter with steel or brass arms. Finished totally, here, in old golden brass with cut crystal.
Modeline mod style lamps from 1962
Smart! Intelligent! Bright! Lightolier (1962)
Smart, intelligent, bright. To some people these words mean the same thing. To Lightolier, they mean three different things.
Smart is for graceful, attractive lamps like these Lightolier reading lamps. They come in beautiful contrasts of rich walnut and gleaming brass… or in combinations of colors to go with any decorating scheme.
Functional lamps that are intelligently designed for seeing without strain. These exclusive Lightoliers have a one-piece styrene shade and diffuser that provides a wide circle of light — full, pleasing, without glare; one of the most efficient lighting devices ever designed.
And so practical…virtually unbreakable, easily washable.
Early American lamp styles from Grants (1965)
Grant Crest Early American lamps are like the olden days in Williamsburg, Charleston, or Old Salem. Our own designer makes sure of that. And she sees that the manufacturer follows Grants every specification.
We’re rather fussy, you see. We insist that some are hand-antiqued, some hand-finished, and others have hand-blown chimneys. This kind of detail and workmanship could cost you as much as $15 in other stores.
Then how can Grants sell them for $9.99? Easy. Other stores may order a dozen or so at one time. We order thousands. In fact, we sold nearly one million lamps last year alone. Selling so many, we make savings we can pass on to you. Big savings.
And Grants doesn’t stop at Early American. We have styles for any decor. From boudoir to pole lamps. From imported bristols to crystals.
Come see our lamp collection. You’ll quickly know why the W. T Grant Company has been known for values since 1906.
Retro lamps and lampshades (1973)
Featuring spool lamps and parquet-look lamps, for ceiling lights or desk lighting.
Antique inspired table lamps from 1973
Bright 1970s fashion lamps (1973)
Featuring French-style oil lamps, colorful quilted-glass lamps, amber glass lamps, Ginger Jar ceramic lamps, and lamps with simulated cane outer shades.
Cane lampshades on vintage Sears lamps (1973)
The timeless look of Tiffany in the brilliant colors or today.
Mr. Tiffany’s shades were shaped like exquisite Oriental umbrellas. So are Sears. Mr. Tiffany brought color to the Victorian world.
Now Sears brings you the colors for today’s home. Not only our popular walnut tone but brilliant sunflower yellow, bright jungle green and cornflower blue.
The original Tiffany shades were handmade. So are ours. And the columns of every lamp in Sears Cane Collection are made of solid hardwood. (Mr. Tiffany would hove liked that.)
Sears traditional-style brass lamps (1977)
Hand turned and hand finished. Sears brass-plated lamps recall the quality workmanship of centuries gone by.
The bold turnings of the heavy bases are antiqued to a soft deep gleam. Then each base is topped with a finely pleated fabric shade.
Waterford crystal quilt-glass lamp (1978)
Vintage brass Stiffel lamps (1979)
NOW sleek brass lamp collection by Stiffel. The dramatic impact of today’s designs — shining, streamlined, with the unquestioned excellence… a contemoproary lok for floor, wall-mounted, and table lamps.
Retro eighties Stiffel lamps and shades (1980)
If for some the very idea of perfection is unattainable, know that for Stiffel it is a most singular goal. Each lamp we create is a meticulously detailed classic design.
We use, of course, only the finest materials — brass, porcelain, crystal and wood. Then each lamp carefully crafted, plated and finished, often by hand.
Anything less would mean a lamp that is less than perfect. And for Stiffel, that would never do.
Vintage Stiffel living room table lamps made of brass (1980)
Vintage Frederick Cooper plaid-effect designer table lamp (1989)
Vintage Frederick Cooper porcelain table lamp (1989)
Vintage Frederick Cooper floral porcelain table lamp (1989)
Vintage Stiffel large ceramic lamp base (1989)
Vintage Stiffel bedroom table lamp made of brass (1989)
Large brass Marbro vintage table lamp (1988)
Chapman Cathedral column designer table lamp (1988)
Glass etched iris design lamp (1988)
Designer floral pattern lamp by Frederick Cooper (1988)
Vintage lamps with squared crystal column bases topped with porcelain doll heads (1989)
Vintage Marbro Original hand-cast bronze table lamp – Torre di Giotto design (1990)
Vintage Marbro Original alabaster table lamp with curved fabric shade (1990)
Vintage Frederick Cooper metal art nouveau table lamp (1993)
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How do I know if my old lamp is valuable? ›
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 I identify my lamp maker? ›
Lamp Maker's Mark
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.
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.How can you tell if a lamp is a mid century? ›
Vintage Mid-Century Modern lamps are characterized by simple lines and a fun space-age feel. In general, these lamps are geometric, with globes, hourglasses, and rings being the dominant shapes.Are vintage lamps valuable? ›
Most of these lamps are made of ancient materials that hold high value in society today. Check your lamps for materials like bone, ivory, quartz, tourmaline, and many other rare similar materials like this. Also, don't forget the bulb itself. Old bulbs are now worth a fortune.What are the old lamps called? ›
A kerosene lamp (also known as a paraffin lamp in some countries) is a type of lighting device that uses kerosene as a fuel. Kerosene lamps have a wick or mantle as light source, protected by a glass chimney or globe; lamps may be used on a table, or hand-held lanterns may be used for portable lighting.How can you tell if a lamp is a Stiffel? ›
Stiffel lamps are also marked on the bottom of the base. Sometimes the green felt on the bottom of the lamp would hide the label, but if you carefully unscrew the base, you can find the plaque or find etched in the metal the words “Stiffel,” “Stiffel Lamp Company” or SLC in the base.How can you tell if a lamp is brass? ›
You can tell the difference with the help of a magnet. If you hold a magnet against the item and feel a pull, you know the piece is brass plated. If there's no attraction, then the piece is solid brass. That's because the underlying metal is usually iron or steel, both of which are magnetic.What is the rarest lamp? ›
Pink Lotus Lamp Fetches $2.8 Million - Most Expensive Lamp The most expensive lamp in the world the Pink Lotus sold at Christie's Auction House in New York, on December 12,1997 for an unbelievable price of $2.8 million. It is believed to be the only known example in existence.What is the most expensive lamp bulb? ›
Biel Molten Lava Light – $300
The Biel Molten Lava Lightbulb may be the most expensive bulb in the world. Created by Only 1 and designed by Toshiyuki Yasuda, the Biel Molten Lava Lightbulb looks like melting lava. The lightbulb itself is energy efficient and LED.
How can I tell if I have a Bradley and Hubbard lamp? ›
If the lamp were marked, it would have a triangle with Bradley and Hubbard's names.What is MCM lighting? ›
Mid Century Modern Pendant Light - Crystal Glass Shade - MCM Lighting - Ceiling Light - Custom Finishes & Cord Styles - Rare Find.Are oil lamps worth any money? ›
Most antique oil lamps sell for between $25 and $150, but some examples may be especially valuable. Lamps with cut crystal shades, beautiful details, unusual colors, and other features can bring the most at auction.Can you use olive oil in a kerosene lamp? ›
Unlike kerosene, olive oil won't ignite if the flame drops down into the oil — in fact, it will smother the flame. It's quite amazing that olive oil will burn at all. Unlike kerosene or paraffin oil, there are no fumes to burn. If the lamp is tipped, the oil will smother the flame in an olive oil lamp.Are Stiffel lamps made in China? ›
Proudly all of our products are still made in America at our 40,000 square foot facility in Linden, NJ. If you take pride in possessing the unusual, as well as the finest, then Stiffel should be your choice in lamps. Precise craftsmanship and magnificent design combine to make Stiffel Lamps the world's finest.How do you clean old Stiffel lamps? ›
- One of the best ways to clean brass is to mix salt with vinegar and warm it in the micro-wave. ...
- My mother had 3 Stiffel lamps with the "Antique finish" that were badly tarnished and had black spots.
The best way to differentiate between bronze and brass metal alloys is by examining the tarnish on your piece. Bronze tends to tarnish brown while brass might turn black. Another indicator is the color and how the object reflects light. If the piece is yellow with a shiny finish, it is likely brass instead of bronze.Does WD 40 clean brass? ›
We like to use WD-40. It is not only very easy to use, but is also quick and very effective. All you need to do is coat the gold and brass lamp with a layer of WD-40, which is a great to clean brass and let it sit for about 15-30 minutes.How do you know if brass is valuable? ›
As of 2021, brass tends to be worth about $1.76 per pound with brass scrap coming in at around $1.74 per pound. When you compare this with the value of other recyclable materials,(including cast aluminum at about $0.45 per pound) you see why so many people want to learn more about recycling brass!How can you tell Tiffany glass? ›
To be sure of the authenticity of the glass used, dab a cotton swab in nail varnish remover and gently run it over the glass. With real Tiffany lamps, the color pigment is embedded in the glass and won't rub off, while fake Tiffany glass will have been painted, and the paint will come off when rubbed.
Are Tiffany lamps worth money? ›
Tiffany lamps' value can be anywhere from $4,000 to over $1 million. The most expensive Tiffany lamps sell for upwards of $1 million. The highest price ever paid for a Tiffany lamp remains $2.8 million at a Christie's auction in 1997.Are Tiffany lamps marked? ›
Many Tiffany lamps will have a stamp on the base that identifies the maker as Tiffany Studios. This stamp may not be on the base of all lamps, so the lack of a stamp doesn't necessarily mean the lamp isn't authentic. If a stamp is present, it should read "TIFFANY STUDIOS NEW YORK" and display a makers mark.What is the rarest Tiffany lamp? ›
One of the most valuable Tiffany lamps ever sold reached $2.8 million at a Christie's auction in 1997. The “Pink Lotus” lamp is a very rare form and few survive today. According to the department, it has a lot of unusual elements to its design, including a beautiful and spectacular mosaic base.What is the most expensive chandelier in the world? ›
#1__The most expensive chandelier ever sold at auction was a__Givenchy Royal Hanover German silver eight-light chandelier by William Kent. It earned more than $9 million at Christie's London's July 7, 2011, sale. The piece, designed in 1736, was valued at $4 million to $5.7 million.Are incandescent light bulbs expensive? ›
Incandescent bulbs cost much less than their energy-efficient alternatives – mainly CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) and LEDs (light emitting diodes). An incandescent bulb can cost as little as 70 cents. Meanwhile, a CFL bulb sells for at least a few dollars and an LED starts at $10 but usually runs around $20.Why are light bulbs expensive? ›
Manufacturers are constantly pushing the envelope of LED technology, but the price of adding features to LED light bulbs means that production costs need to go up. After all, the additional research, labor, and equipment to enhance LEDs doesn't come cheap.Are light bulbs expensive? ›
An average 60W bulb will cost around $2.70 to purchase. Let's say that in one year, you used this bulb for 1,000 hours at a rate of $0.11 per kWh. In 10 years, operating this bulb would cost you $66. However, incandescent bulbs have an approximate lifespan of 1,000 hours.What is chandelier light? ›
The definition of a chandelier is a decorative light that hangs from the ceiling and that has branches for light bulbs or candles. A crystal light fixture that hangs from the ceiling over your dining room table and that has five different branches, each of which accommodates a light bulb, is an example of a chandelier.Where are Bradley and Hubbard lamps marked? ›
This mark is found on the oil font filler caps of Bradley and Hubbard's kerosene burning lamps produced during the 1880's and well into the twentieth century. This mark is found on the wick raising knob of lamps fitted with the duplex burner.Where is Bradley and Hubbard made? ›
"BRADLEY & HUBBARD MANUFACTURING CO., Meriden, Conn. Gas Fixtures at Manufacturers' Prices.
Who made Rayo lamps? ›
Bradley & Hubbard manufactured the Rayo Standard Oil Company lamp. Since Standard Oil also was among the largest sellers of oil in the Far East, I wonder if many Rayo's are still working in the People's Republic of China today. Figure 14 shows a rolled tin oil funnel stamped "Filler for Rayo Lamp."Are Tiffany lamps outdated? ›
Tiffany lamps certainly have a time and place. Namely, they look like they belong in a home at the turn of the 20th century. Unfortunately, just one of these colorful glass lamps can instantly date your otherwise polished décor.
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As with many trends, Tiffany lamps did of course fall out of fashion. By 1913 Tiffany lamps completely disappeared from fashionable homes and the factory even ceased production, pushed away by the rise of Art Moderne and Expressionism.Is my lamp bronze or brass? ›
The best way to differentiate between bronze and brass metal alloys is by examining the tarnish on your piece. Bronze tends to tarnish brown while brass might turn black. Another indicator is the color and how the object reflects light. If the piece is yellow with a shiny finish, it is likely brass instead of bronze.How can you tell if a lamp is bronze? ›
The only dead easy step is to test it with a magnet. If it's magnetic, it is plated steel rather than either brass or copper. Copper is not as strong and stiff as brass, and also more expensive, so it usually isn't used for lamps except when you want the color of a penny; brass is much yellower, bronze is browner.How can you tell if a lamp is brass? ›
You can tell the difference with the help of a magnet. If you hold a magnet against the item and feel a pull, you know the piece is brass plated. If there's no attraction, then the piece is solid brass. That's because the underlying metal is usually iron or steel, both of which are magnetic.What are Stiffel lamps? ›
Stiffel lamps were made using a variety of materials that included bronze, brass, pewter, and silver. Finishes included brushed, polished and antique brass, polished nickel or silver, or a combination of silver and black. A few were gunmetal gray, Roman bronze or burnt umber. Most of all, look for quality.Which is more expensive brass or bronze? ›
Bronze is usually more expensive than brass, partly due to the processes required to manufacture bronze.How can you tell the difference between bronze and Spelter? ›
The metal has been used since about the 1860s to make statues, tablewares, and lamps that resemble bronze. Spelter is soft and breaks easily. To test for spelter, scratch the base of the piece. Bronze is solid; spelter will show a silvery scratch.”
How can you tell the difference between brass bronze and copper? ›
Copper has a distinctive reddish-brown color. Brass has a brighter yellowish-gold appearance. Bronze, meanwhile, is a duller gold or sepia color and will typically have faint rings on its surface. You can lightly strike the metal to test whether it is copper or an alloy.How can you tell if bronze is antique? ›
If you're looking at an old bronze, you should see a patina; a film that forms on the surface from reaction to the air. If it flakes or scratches off easily, it's probably a painted on patina-substitute. Scratching the patina also shows the surface of the metal underneath.How can you tell if it's brass or gold? ›
Apply acid to the metal.
Apply concentrated acid to the metal. Brass will react with acids and gold will not. If you see bubbling or discoloration where the acid is applied, your piece is brass. If there is no change after applying the acid, you have gold.
How to Identify the Differences Between Antique Copper, Bronze ...Does WD 40 clean brass? ›
We like to use WD-40. It is not only very easy to use, but is also quick and very effective. All you need to do is coat the gold and brass lamp with a layer of WD-40, which is a great to clean brass and let it sit for about 15-30 minutes.How do you know if brass is valuable? ›
As of 2021, brass tends to be worth about $1.76 per pound with brass scrap coming in at around $1.74 per pound. When you compare this with the value of other recyclable materials,(including cast aluminum at about $0.45 per pound) you see why so many people want to learn more about recycling brass!Can I clean brass with Coke? ›
Although it's not our personal go-to for cleaning brass, Coca-Cola can be used to clean brass. Actually, any type of cola soda can be used, too. Just rub the cola of your choice on your brass and leave it for about 10 minutes so it can really sink in. Afterward, give it a rinse to reveal your newly cleaned metal.Are Stiffel lamps worth it? ›
A Stiffel lamp has a rare quality that transcends the strictly utilitarian and goes beyond the merely decorative. The purchase of a Stiffel lamp is one of the finest investments you could make for your home.What is a Hollywood Regency lamp? ›
Hollywood Regency, sometimes called Regency Moderne, is a design style that describes both interior design and landscape architecture characterized by the bold use of color and contrast often with metallic and glass accents meant to signify both opulence and comfort.What happened to Stiffel? ›
Stiffel survived the Supreme Court ruling and stayed in business until 2000, when it closed its factory because of insufficient financing. The Salton Lamp Company acquired the Stiffel Lamp Company and its assets and has recently reintroduced the Stiffel Pole Lamp.