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Vintage Oil Lamps

Vintage Oil Lamps

Vintage Oil Lamps Price Guide

Have you ever wondered about vintage oil lamps? If you have so we did a little research for you to provide some information you might need when in the market for one. Antique oil lamps have been around for thousands of years and come in a variety of different sizes, styles, patterns, and more. The most well known antique oil lamps are hurricane lamps, but there are others. One of the biggest complaints with oil lamps then, and now, is that they do not emit as much lighting as we are used to in modern day society.
Society has been spoiled by electricity and LED lighting, so using old time antique oil lamps is not common practice. But there are individuals out there that prefer the use of oil lamps due to the same reason others complain about– the light that they emit. Many people still prefer the soft, soothing light that an antique oil lamp emits. This is considered much nicer compared to the bright, blinding lights of modern technology.

What Types Of Oil To use In Vintage Oil Lamps?

Centuries ago the most commonly used oil was the oil from animal fat. But as the year went on, other oils began to make an appearance such as kerosene. But research has shown that you can burn almost any oil in an antique oil lamp. These can include such oils as olive, coconut oil, citronella oil, hemp oil, nut oil, seed oil, mustard oil, fish oil, castor oil, and more. Be sure to do you research before burning any oils in your antique oil lamps for your safety and the life of the lamp. You can also purchase specific lamp oil at hardware stores or stores such as Kmart, Walmart, CostCo and so on. Thanks to the creation of electricity, antique oils lamps are not often used in the world we live in today. There are a few emergency lighting situations or preppers that may use them but these are rare.

Vintage Oil Lamps

Should you own an oil lamp that you may use occasionally, there are a few safety tips to keep in mind before lighting it.

Use the proper fuel:
-clear lamp oil is the most recommended, or you could choose colored lamp oil but keep it mind it may stain delicate material. Any of the other oils mentioned above can be alternatives.

Never use any of the following to light your oil lamp:
-propane, gasoline, alcohol, diesel fuel, acetone, turpentine, paint thinners, or household cleaners.

Caution with refueling:
-proceed with caution when refueling your lamp because globes, chimneys, and glass shades can be extremely hot after use. Be sure they are completely cooled before refueling.

Do not overfill:
-do not overfill the lamp, you only want to wick to ignite not the oil inside its container.

Take care when pets or children are near:
-never leave an oil lamp anywhere that young children or pets could knock it over. Pets and children might also think that colored oil is something drinkable, so be sure they are out of reach.

Maintain wick length:
-you want to make sure to keep the wick of the lamp trimmed. Ensure its still long enough that the flame will ignite the oil below it.

With proper care and caution, you and your family can enjoy your antique oil lamp for longer. Sometimes soft lighting in a relaxing atmosphere is just what the doctor ordered to relieve stress. Enjoying a good book by your favorite antique oil lamp is an activity that everyone should engage in at least once in their lives.

Vintage Oil Lamps

Vintage Oil Lamps

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Vintage Hanging Lamps

Vintage Hanging Lamps

Vintage Hanging Lamps For Sale

When you think about vintage hanging lamps, dozens of different pictures may pop into your mind. Vintage hanging lamps may include pendant lamps, chandeliers, candelabras, sconces, and much more. They have been made with simple designs right up to designs that included stained-glass. The styles are endless, but they are still incredible additions to any home or office or any interior space you can think of. Hanging lamps have a history that dates back centuries.

A Look At The Vintage Hanging Lamps History

The history of vintage hanging lamps is a long one, but we’ll try to summarize it for you. The first hanging lamps were created, literally, thousands of years ago. They were simply made of clay and various animal fat was used as their fuel source. A bit later, oil was used to fire either bronze or glass. Sometime in the Middle Ages, they hung in churches or other buildings attached to a pulley of sorts so they could be relit or put out. Many of the metal fixtures held a bowl or container of some type of oil for lighting. While some used oil for lighting, others were created for candles to be lit in.

Around the 1800s, gas-fueled lamps were created and used by people that could afford them. They were basically sconces that hung on the walls of homes or other interior locations. The mid-1800s brought about kerosene lamps. While we still associate them with being tabletop lamps, kerosene was used to fuel Victorian era hanging lamps as well. Then came the 20th century and the creation of electricity, and the rest is history.

How These Lamps Are Made

The materials used for vintage hanging lamps varied from clay back thousands of years ago to metal, brass, steel, porcelain and the list goes on. Today hanging lamps are made of metal or brass with etched glass, stained glass, and intricate carvings. These can range from simple right up to chandeliers that are worth thousands even millions of dollars. There are no longer constraints from using certain materials due to fire that was used to light the lamps originally, so manufacturers can make hanging lamps any way they choose.

Vintage hanging lamps may be a thing of the past, but the new modernized versions are nice to have also. It all depends on your taste and what you are looking for. Modern hanging lamps are easy to come by, they can be found on the shelves of any hardware store or department store all over the world. But if you’re looking for something more, vintage hanging lamps can be found in second-hand stores, thrift stores, even antique and collectible stores. With their long history, they can give the customer a sense of nostalgia, a piece of our history, and they are certain to be the topic of discussion among many.

Vintage Hanging Lamps

Vintage Hanging Lamps

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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.

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Victorian Lamps

Victorian Lamps

Five Popular Victorian Lamps

Without a doubt, Victorian Lamps are a popular staple in many households, but their prices can be a little high for individuals with a low budget. Despite their beauty, they can be useful and look great with most any decor in your home or home office. There are literally hundreds to choose from when purchasing Victorian Lamps, and you can find them online, in thrift stores, second-hand stores, antique dealers, and other marketplaces if you know what you’re looking for.

While many of them are expensive, they are still unique, and wonderful additions to your home and decor. Here are five to consider when shopping for a Victorian desk lamp that suits your needs.

Vintage Emerald Green Oil Lamp

This lamp is gorgeous and functional. It will catch the eye of anyone that looks at it. The glass design contains some
of the most intricate details you will ever see. Even though it doesn’t use a bulb, being an oil lamp just adds to its
beauty and you sure don’t see them like that anymore. The price tag on it from some retailers is around $195.00.

 

Vintage Emerald Green Oil Lamp

Cranberry Glass Table Lamp

This lamp looks exactly like you would expect an oil lamp to look, except it runs on electricity, not oil. The cranberry depression glass is a dark red and simply beautiful. Its details help it to keep the vintage antique look that it as.  One of the higher priced lamps it rings in at around $175.00 and is perfect for any desk, table, shelf, or even a fireplace mantel. It is sure to be a conversation starter for anyone that sees it.

Cranberry Glass Table Lamp

Italian Urn Table Lamp

This lamp is sure to stand out from a crowd with its hand-painted designs and interesting shape. It actually looks like an urn with a lampshade and holds two light bulbs instead of just one. The base is ceramic with pink and blue flowers on one side and a painting of person looking at a lake on the other side. Its price tag is a little higher and rings in at around $299.00.

Italian Urn Table Lamp

Dale Tiffany Rose Table Lamp

This lamp became popular in the 1960s. The light has rose shaped colored glass patterns weaved into the shade, hence the name. The on and off switch is a pull chain and it comes with a neat looking lampshade that can be changed out if you don’t like it. The price tag on it varies but it is normally found at around $135.00. The lamp will go great with most any decor or desk that you choose to put it on.

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Vintage Pink Frosted Glass Lamp

This is what you would expect from Victorian Lamps, round base, pink frosted glass, and round on and off switch. You could pair this with a lampshade of your choice whether Victorian or traditional, and it will look great in your house no matter where you put it. The price tag on it sometimes runs around $25.00 because often it doesn’t come with a shade.

Vintage Pink Glass Lamp

Victorian Lamps