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Vintage Hurricane Lamps

Vintage Hurricane Lamps

Vintage Glass Hurricane Lamps

Hurricane lamps date back a few centuries, well before the modern day lighting we are familiar with now. Many individuals of later generations may not know what a hurricane lamp is. To recognize vintage hurricane lamps, look for a glass base that fills with oil and sits on a brass or sometimes metal base. The globe of a vintage hurricane lamp, also known as a chimney, is longer than its base and has an opening on the top. It sits atop a metal or brass bracket of sorts, with a wick that moves up and down and sits in the oil at the bottom. The chimney of a hurricane lamp has two different functions. Firstly it helps to emit light throughout the room with the help from the globe. Secondly the globe protects the wick and flame from wind or drafts, thus the name hurricane lamp.

Hurricane lamps date as far back as 1780 when the son of a Swiss watchmaker came up with an idea. He created something unique that helped light up dark rooms in households and places of business. Back in the early days of the hurricane lamps, the oil used was often either whale oil or olive oil to help ignite the adjustable wick. Although they were convenient when created, they did have a few drawbacks. The illumination was not very bright, the oils often smoked a lot, and a breeze could put out the flame. Despite the setbacks of such a creation, they were used in many different ways and for different reasons.

Vintage Hurricane Lamps

Vintage Hurricane Lamps On Ships

As mentioned before, aside from their setbacks vintage hurricane lamps had many different uses for different reasons. The 18th and 19th centuries were chock full of ships due to the fact that roadways of today were still an unknown mode of transportation. Whether the ships were pirate ships, naval vessels, vintage hurricane lamps could be seen hanging from the ships. Furthermore the vintage lamps we also recorded being on sea battle vessels or even transatlantic voyages. They were also placed in cabins to light dark spaces and were even used as signals from ship to ship.

Movie Set Lamps

Before the fluorescent movie lights of today lit up movie studios, hurricane lamps came in handy when filming various pictures. Especially during the Civil War era, Americans often associated hurricane lamps in their favorite films with the Civil War era. They were a popular staple for many in the 1800s and 1900s and could be seen in various films as lighting for small abodes and extravagant homes. Vintage hurricane lamps were used in many Western films as well and individuals today still associate them with such features.

Modern Times

Believe it or not, there are still some areas of the country that have no modern electricity and depend on hurricane lighting or candlelight for their homesteads. While hurricane lamps are not an item that is still used every day in many societies there is no denying that their presence is a wonderful addition for emergency lighting needs and most households should have at least one or two stored away for such situations.

There is no denying the fact that hurricane lamps give off a romantic glow and warmth to any household that takes pleasure in using them in modern times. The world is so used to the benefits of technology, it’s nice to consider that vintage hurricane lamps can make any house feel homey, cozy, and they offer a piece of history that many do not think about. While they may not be the first choice for modern time lamps, these lamps are pieces of our history that many people choose not to forget about and indulge in when possible. They also make great gifts for those we care about. Vintage hurricane lamps are a great choice for the older generation, history lovers, scholars, students, homesteaders, preppers, and those we love that reside in rural areas.

Vintage Hurricane Lamps

Vintage Hurricane Lamps

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Bankers Desk Lamp

Bankers Desk Lamp

Bankers Desk Lamp Green Glass Shade

What is a bankers desk lamp? This is the lamp that has shown up in hundreds of movies, films, tv shows, and more. Everyone that has access to movies or television or classic film, has seen one of these green lampshaded bankers lamps. They have appeared in multiple cartoons, movies, sitcoms, and more but often go unnoticed used as a simple prop in the background on a desk. Aside from film and tv shows, bankers lamps were frequently used in libraries, banks (thus the name), and courtrooms.

Why were these lamps so popular? Well, the experts have said that the green glow of the light from the lampshade is easy on the eyes, soothing, and relaxing. When used by Hollywood for filming, the directors felt it added authenticity to the scene, and the rest is history. Unfortunately, you won’t see them as abundantly as you once could in the real world. This is what is helping to make them sought over and interesting to learn about.

Bankers Desk Lamp

History of the Bankers Desk Lamp

Even though society refers to it as a bankers lamp, its original name when it was created in 1909 was Emeralite due to the green color of the shade and the light thatit emitted. The company that manufactured the lamp was called H.G McFaddin & Co., but they no longer exist today even though their creation lives on. The banker’s desk lamp shade was originally available in a few different colors. However over time the green lamp became the one that stood the test of time and is the most recognizable.

What Materials Make The Desk Lamp

The materials of the banker’s desk lamp were made of easily available and simple materials. Its shade was made of glass that was created by using the cased glass technique. This was done by melding or fusing to different pieces of glass together and making them one. The white opal glass was used inside the lamp shade and the emerald green colored glass was on the outside. Once these fused together, they created one piece of glass that was used to shape the lampshade  we know today. These lampshades were placed on the brass or metal neck and base of the lamp. Glass and metal were the materials used to craft such a piece of American history.

As their early production continued, additions were added to the lamps. Furthermore these included add on’s  such as removable inkwells, pen holders, clocks, and even calendars. Many of these can still be found today in the antique market.

Placement and Popularity

Banker’s desk lamps could be placed on any desk, table, or countertop. They were sought after for their functionality and durability, easiness on the eyes as well as other reasons. They gained their popularity in the years prior to World War II. Once the war hit, it was hard for the company to obtain glass from Europe causing changes to the design and popularity of the lamp. By 1962 the company which had been sold and renamed multiple times went under ending the creation of the original banker’s lamp.

While there are still companies that produce reproduction banker’s lamps, the originals are highly sought after. The antique and collectors markets are a growing industry with an appetite for these lamps. If having a piece of history is what you seek, then be prepared to spend a good amount of money.  If you are lucky enough to find an original, authentic banker’s desk lamp it will have a price tag to reflect its history. But if you aren’t as concerned with obtaining an antique or original bankers lamp, there are several companies that do create replicas in today’s society.

Although owning an original banker’s desk lamp would be a wonderful addition to any home or office, a reproduction of one could be just as valuable to you.

Bankers Desk Lamp

Bankers Desk Lamp

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Vintage Desk Lamp

Vintage Desk Lamp

 How To Choose A Vintage Desk Lamp

When choosing a vintage desk lamp for your home office or desk, how do you know if what you are looking at is truly vintage or antique? While many people use the two words, vintage and antique, interchangeably, there is a difference between the two terms. For the average person in society, it can be confusing, to say the least in knowing the difference. The goal by the end of this article is to give you a better understanding of antique vs vintage and help you know exactly what you’re looking for. Knowledge is a wonderful thing to have!

When proceeding, keep in mind that these are just general standards that many collectors follow. Furthermore other industry experts may still use the two terms, antique and vintage interchangeably.  You however will now know the difference when searching for that perfect home or office desk lamp.

Antique Desk Lamp

Age is an important factor in knowing the whether an item is vintage or antique. By trade standards, the trade being antique collecting, an item is an antique if it is over 100 years old. It is true that some people in the collecting trade consider an item antique if it is over 80 years old, which to them spans two generations. Generations are considered to be 40-year lifespans. Much of the debate over whether 80 years or 100 years also depends on the items themselves. For example, antique guns are held to a totally different standard as opposed to antique desk lamps.

So as an easy way of remembering, if you come across a lamp that dates back at least 100 years you have indeed acquired an antique desk lamp.

Antique Table Lamps

Vintage Desk Lamp

Again, age plays an important role in determining if something is antique or vintage. To the general public and by general standards, the word vintage applies to a popular item from a past era. It is generally no longer popular or even manufactured as such currently. The best example of this is perhaps the Flapper dress from the 1920s. Most older folks have heard of or seen what a flapper dress looks like. They are a popular Halloween costume in many places around the world. Flapper dresses were specific to their era, and aren’t quite old enough to be considered antique. They are considered vintage instead when going by the 100-year rule, at least or another couple of years. With this in mind, the age cut off for a vintage item is 50-99 years by trade standards.

So as a general rule of thumb in this instance, if you come across a lamp that dates back 50 years to 99 years, then you have acquired a vintage desk lamp.

Whether you choose to purchase an antique desk lamp or a vintage desk lamp for your office, study, library, den, home office, or living room, you can rest assured that the ownership of one will add a certain feeling of nostalgiato the space you decide to put it in. Your newly acquired piece of history whether 100 years old or 50 years old, will make for tantalizing conversation. You now also have the added benefit of knowing the difference between an antique desk lamp and a vintage desk lamp.

Vintage Desk lamp

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Magnifying Desk Lamp

Magnifying Desk Lamp

A Magnifying Desk Lamp For Your Work Space

Keep in mind that a magnifying desk lamp is not only for individuals that have less than perfect eyesight. Many times it depends on your career field, whether you would benefit more from a regular desk lamp or a magnifying desk lamp. For example, antique collectors or jewelers will definitely benefit from having a magnifying desk lamp due to the intricate nature of many of the items they must examine, from paintings to precious gemstones and metals. These types of lamps can be used for various reasons, and they put the light right where you need it the most to perform your work.

We’ve combed the internet and found five of the best magnifying desk lamps available for purchase. Check out the list to see if any of these lamps suit your immediate or future needs. They also make great gifts for the special person in your life.

Studio Designs 12308 Magnifying Lamp

Can be used on most any flat surface without any trouble. The adjustable arm is 36 inches and contains steel springs, as well as tension knobs. Be sure that the pin is in place or else it will loosen up. The Studio Designs 12308 Magnifying Lamp can be put together and ready to use in less than 10 minutes. It has a 60 watt light bulb that emits more than enough light when examining minor details or small intricacies. The magnifier is known as a 3 Diopter glass lens and works great to bring the smallest things into focus.

Studio Designs Magnifying Lamp

Pro Magnify Professional Spring Arm Magnifier Lamp

Energy efficient and its bulb is quite close to natural light. The 5” glass lens that it contains can increase vision over 200%. It has a 3-foot long cord that helps to easily position it where you need it the most. Does contain a dust cover for the lens that can be removed with no trouble. The arms are very flexible and can be positioned exactly where you need it to be.

Pro Magnify Professional Spring Arm Magnifier Lamp

TMS Tabletop Gooseneck Magnifying Lamp

Extremely lightweight plastic base with 5X magnifying lens and 10 watt light bulb that will not hurt your eyes. The desk lamp can easily be moved around anywhere on your desk that you need it but is very lightweight. Its sturdy gooseneck will stay in position without any trouble and the lens comes with a dust cover. The lens measures in at 3 ½ inches.

TMS Tabletop Gooseneck Magnifying Lamp

Docooler Magnifying Lamp

The base of this lamp is heavier than most as it is padded with steel and thicker. It also comes with clamps to keep documents or items in place as they are being examined. Its bulbs are bright LED lights and also comes with three magnifying options. The lamp’s size is smaller, but it’s heavier than many of the others and more sturdy and durable.

Docooler Magnifying Lamp

Carson Daylight UN1030 Magnifying Lamp

This can be powered by battery or outlet and is great when there’s a power outage. The size is also smaller than many, but the adjustable neck makes up for its shortcomings. With a 5X magnifying lens that is 4”, it gives you plenty of space to look through the lens. It adjusts perfectly to your work-space and will not need to be readjusted very often.

Carson Daylight Magnifying Lamp