Thursday, May 12, 2016

ANTIQUE LAMP ID

This is a lamp that's been in the family for a long time.  It belonged to my Great Great Aunt.  We don't really know anything about it as there are no identifying markings on it that we can find.

Vintage Table Lamp
Several of you emailed me or commented after I posted the GUEST BEDROOM PHOTO TOUR and asked about this lamp.  It's unique in that there is a three way switch.  The first turn lights up the large globe on top which takes a regular bulb.  The second turn lights up the base which has a candelabra type bulb in it so that it can be used as a nightlight.  The third turn lights up both at the same time.  We're curious as to what time period it came from originally.  She had it in the 1950's from what everyone can remember but she apparently had it long before then.

Anyone ever seen anything like this?  

18 comments:

Gemmagirl said...

Full of charm and beauty.

Colleen said...

Have seen many hurricane type lamps ( Parlor lamp) but nothing as gorgeous as this. That lamp could dat back to the Late 19th/early 20th century.
It goes well in that guest bedroom and what a beautiful keepsake and family heirloom.
I would think that there would be some sort of marking up under the base, or somewhere. It's a shame if there isn't some sort of mark.

anne marie in philly said...

it's pretty.

John Gray said...

Hate the lamp
Love the clock

Janie Junebug said...

That's a beautiful lamp. My mother had a similar one that also had separate lights in the top and the bottom or both could be on at the same time. Some Tiffany lamps have that feature, but of course, this one isn't a Tiffany lamp. That clock is very cool and reminds me of the alarm clock that awoke my father every morning for so many years of working to take care of his family.

Love,
Janie

Texas Rose said...

Such a beautiful lamp - with some lovely family memories. It is perfect in your guest room.
I also love the crocheted doily under the lamp - so pretty. Someone put some love and time into making that.

Jennifer L said...

That is so pretty (despite John's questionable taste, LOL, I kid John, love you and your blog too, ha). Very nice, even if it remains a mystery.

Practical Parsimony said...

Still cannot post, just reply.

The base looks like pot metal. It was used in the early twentieth century and no later than the 50s. It was cheap, so many Depression Era lamps and statues were made from pot metal. I cannot understand the shiny metal between the globes. My lamps with pot metal are pot metal all the way. Maybe yours was more expensive. ???

I do think it is probably near 100 years old. It is a miracle both globes are intact. My lamps with three lights has a three-way switch for each of the three arms. Then, the foot light has its own switch on the base. The light above the three arms has a third switch just for it. However, the light on top is the night light. I put a 7 watt bulb there.

Don't ever wash the globes too hard. I have seen the decals or painting wash right off. I learned a valuable lesson there.

Is the clock Bakelite?

1st Man said...

Why thank you!!

1st Man said...

"Parlor Lamp", never heard them called that. thanks. I might should look a little harder next time and see, maybe age has covered it up, ha. Thanks!!

1st Man said...

Thank you!

1st Man said...

Always a way with words, HA! Different strokes for different folks. At least you like the clock. :-)

1st Man said...

The clock is not super old, maybe 70's/80's I guess (though in some aspects, that's old in itself, ha) but at the time (no pun intended) it was modeled after a vintage model. It even has the old fashioned buzzer alarm. Thanks!!!

1st Man said...

Thanks. Sadly, I'm not sure of its history, not sure if it's family owned or thrift store found (it was in my Mom's stuff when I was packing up her apt) but you know, love is love wherever it comes from and I'm glad we have it.

1st Man said...

John's a big old softy, ha Thanks, it may indeed remain a mystery.

1st Man said...

Hello Linda!! Wish I could explain why it is only on replies but just comment any way you can. Thanks for the info, you have given us some great info. I have feared that with the globes, I've just used a damp cloth and I don't rub hard, ha.

The clock is oldish, it's from the 70's/80's as a reproduction of an older one. So no bakelite (though I LOVE bakelite stuff). Thanks!!

Sharon Cross said...

This lamp does not date to the early part of the century...My opinion, it's a 1950's lamp...

1st Man said...

Thanks for this info! I'll have to do some googling of lamps in that era....thanks!!