Antique Lamp Manufacturers
USA: Antique Lamps: Antique Lamp Manufacturers
ABOUT ANTIQUE LAMPS
Most antique lamps sold in the US market were made in the USA during the 19th Century. These may have been powered by kerosene, gas, or electricity. Those that were powered by kerosene or gas can be professionally converted to electricity without harming any of the original parts. Antique lamps take a wide variety of forms, including floor lamps, table lamps, wall sconces, and various types of hanging lamp including glass and metal chandeliers. Some suppliers also offer restoration and spare parts services.
The most valuable type of American antique lamp is the Tiffany Lamp, with stained glass shade. These were originally designed and made in the studio of Louis Comfort Tiffany, the son of Charles Lewis Tiffany who co-founded the famous New York jewellery store of the same name.
LEADING USA ANTIQUE LAMP MANUFACTURERS
The following leading antique lamp manufacturers and suppliers have comprehensive websites, with information on all aspects of antique lamps, including online catalogs, designs, colors and materials.
19th Century Lighting. 19th Century Lighting, based in Union City, Michigan, is a specialist retailer of antique lamps owned and run by Ron Gibson since 1972. The company specializes in restored Victorian Patterned Art-Glass Lamps, which it sells to museums as well as to the general public. In addition to sales, the company offers a lighting restoration service; this covers everything from supply of spare parts to complete restoration. It also covers the custom painting of new globes to replace broken globes. Any lamp or chandelier can be passively electrified without harm to the original parts.
The 19th Century Lighting website is organized into the following main sections: Patterned Art Glass Lamps, Victorian Parlor Table Lamps, Replica Fabric Antique Lamp Shades, Victorian Hanging Lamps, Restorations & Lamp Appraisals, and Old & New Lamp Parts.
Antiques Lighting. Antiques Lighting is based in Rockville Center, New York, 20 minutes from Kennedy Airport. It is run by Joan Bogart, who has been a specialist in antique lamps since the 1970s. Joan Bogart specializes in high style 19th Century American Furniture Chandeliers and accessories. In addition to selling antique lamps, the company rents antique lamps for film and television productions. The Antiques Lighting website covers: Astrals, Argands & Sinumbras; Kerosene & Electric Lamps; Girandoles, Sconces & Candelabra; Gas Chandeliers, Kerosene Chandeliers, and Electric Chandeliers.
There is a huge variety of glass chandelier designs, some of relatively simple geometric design, others featuring highly elaborate decorative metalwork. In some cases the metalwork of the chandelier carries brightly colored enamel decoration.
Antique Tiffany Lamps. Antique Tiffany Lamps is a brokerage which brings together those who wish to buy antique Tiffany lamps with those who wish to sell. It is owned and run by Dennis Tesdell, who founded the company in 1972. It represents an extensive list of screened private collectors and buyers, who are willing to pay the best prices for authentic, old, Tiffany lamps. Fees are paid entirely by the purchaser. The website contains a Tiffany Lamp Assessment Form, which enables a lamp to be accurately described using multiple choice drop-down menus.
The website explains that there are many old and new high quality fakes and reproductions of Tiffany lamps, some so good that they can fool collectors and dealers. Stamps, signatures and other markings are often added to fake antique Tiffany lamps during and after production. Only an expert appraiser can identify these fakes.
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