Antique Glass Lamp Shades
Antique glass lamp shades became popular as far back as the early 1800’s. They were created mostly because of the kerosene lamp, which was a much harsher and brighter light than gaslight lamps. In order to soften the glow of the kerosene lamp, glass lamp shades were manufactured.
Sometime after kerosene lamps were made, electric lighting was created and those lights also called for lampshades. They became a most popular commodity in the 1880’s when manufacturers made millions of them available for purchase to the public. Antiquities dealers and enthusiasts today seek them out for their collections as well. Depending on where and from whom they are bought, their price range varies from a few dollars up to and past over a million dollars.
There are various sizes and shapes of antique glass lamp shades. Below is a list of the types of antique glass lampshades that can still be found today and are also functional and the most popular shapes. They are also made with either pressed glass, stained glass, plain glass, or something much more artistically created and more expensive usually.
Flower Shaped Glass Lamp Shades
Those that were shaped like tulips and upside down tulips were what many households would have and many collectors still do. But they were also shaped like roses or adorned with little glass flowers all around the shade.
These curiously shaped lamp shades exude class while at the same time bringing some playfulness into a person’s home, which is the reason why they were, and still are, so popular. The soft glow emitted by lamps of this style is able to cast a dim light in a room, allowing the homeowner to create an ambiance that the harshness of a light bulb just can’t compete with.
In a more modern setting, a flower shaped glass lamp shade will give a stylish touch to your home décor. Whether you use it as a focus piece in your sitting room or as a source of soft light for when you’re entertaining guests, you’ll find that your lamp shade will bring a sense of softness and beauty to your room.
Shell Shaped Glass Lamps Shades
These were shaped like the many varieties of seashells that can be found. Or plain glass shades adorned with glass
seashells just like the flower shaped ones.
Nothing says art deco more than a seashell, so if you love the style that the 1920s and 1930s made famous, then make a fashionable statement with a shell shaped glass lamp shade. Not only will you be able to showcase your fashionable, classy side, but you’ll also being a sense of the sea to your home.
Some of the first lamps ever used by early humans were actually made from shells. There’s a reason why this shape has remained a timeless classic when it comes to lighting. It began as a functional tool, but evolved over time into a symbol of the carefree, ocean-side life. Complimenting your modern décor with a shell lamp is a great way to add a touch of personality and style to your room. There are many types of shell, so finding the right shell shaped glass lamp shade will be easy.
Ball Shaped Glass Lamp Shades
These gained popularity around the time that the movie Gone With The Wind came out and continued to be popular in the late 19th century, many years after the Civil War.
Ball shaped lamp shades work great for both table lamps and ceiling lights, thanks to the way they emit light. Rather than be limited to just one direction with other styles of lamp shade, the light is dispersed equally in every direction when using a ball shaped lamp shade. The effect this has is one that allows the lamp shade to act as a conduit for the light, rather than inhibit it. You will find that you get a strong but not overwhelming emission of light throughout your room.
These lamp shades can be plain or patterned, and because of this, they tend to fit in with any décor style. Whether you have a parlor-style sitting room to a modern, minimalist condo, the ball shaped glass lamp shade is versatile enough to add the perfect finish to your style. There’s a reason why this particular lamp shade style has passed the test of time.
Cylinder Shaped Glass Lamp Shades
These shades are shaped like large or small cylinders, they are the most simply shaped glass lampshades.
While these were the most popular shapes for glass lampshades made for vintage desk lamps and other types of lamps that require shades to soften the lighting, there are still several shapes and sizes to choose from like a square,
rectangular, triangular, almost any shape that you can dream up could be made with glass.
Different types of Antique glass lamp shades are also used to create these masterpieces. Some are made of stained glass, while others are made of plain glass, frosted glass, etched glass and more. But the most sought-after glass lampshades are made from some of the rarest glass, and hardcore collectors will seek the following types of glass out and pay incredibly high prices for them. Should you come across any of these treasures, consider yourself very lucky.
These lamp shades represent order, so choose a cylinder shaped glass lamp if you want to add a professional tough to a home office, dining room or sitting room. Cylinder shaped lamp shades make perfect centerpieces when they feature patterns, etchings or trim that draw the eye from around the room.
Cranberry Glass Lamp Shade
To create cranberry glass, minimal amounts of gold are added to the glass mix. By adding the small amounts of gold to a batch, the color of the glass ends up being a striking pinkish-red color, thus the name. A variation of cranberry glass is hobnail. This is when polished, and raised white dots were added to it. The Victorian era is when this became the most popular. Now, trying to find an original one can cost upwards of $5000. Needless to say, it is a very rare
commodity that draws the attention of many collectors.
Cranberry glass has been delighting designers and collectors since the 17th century, and this classic style gives a touch of the wonder and shimmer that this period was known for. Extremely popular in Italy, the popularity of cranberry glass has reached the far corners of the world. While you may be paying a lot of money for the real thing, there are many newer versions of the glass made in the same style that can be found if you look hard enough.
The decorative and unique style added to your room by this glass confers a special warmth. Cranberry glass is typically hand blown in the original style of the classic Victorian pieces, so you can get the same beautiful look without spending a fortune. Cranberry glass is used to make lamp shades of many shapes so finding the one that compliments your décor will be easy.
Peach Blow Glass Lamp Shade
Probably the rarest type of glass used to make antique glass lamp shades. A full lamp is a rare find and will be very
expensive, even the shades alone are extremely expensive. The peach blow glass lampshade came in colors such as pink, yellow, blushing pink, and deep pink. They are truly a treasure if found, but be prepared to pay much more money than even the cranberry glass.
Peach blow has roots that go back to the late 19th Century, and the more modern peach blow glass is based on the original Chinese porcelain Morgan Vase. Peach blow is made with either a shiny or a matte finish, and you will often find a milk-white lining. Thanks to the value of peach blow glass, you’ll find many reproductions that have been made since the original pieces were first created.
Most peach blow glass items were created in a round shape, and as such, they are ideal to use as lamp shades. Peach blow highly resembles porcelain in most of the older pieces, and when illuminated, it casts a very dim but beautiful glow. Lamp shades in this style will look the most impressive in rooms that carry a parlor-style décor.
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