Frequent question: Are old oil lamps valuable?

How can you tell if an oil lamp is antique?

Antique lamps have a metal fitting collar that screws into the burner, a metal font-to-base connection and metal fitting holes where the oil is poured into. A real antique lamp also has hardware that is attached to the lamp with plaster.

How do I know if my antique lamp is valuable?

Lamps are often more valuable when left in an original condition with most or all the original parts. Lightly scratch the underside of the lamp surface to determine the type of material it is made from. Some lamps may appear to be made of metal, but they might also be painted to look and feel just like metal.

How can you tell how old a lamp is?

LOOK FOR A MAKER’S MARK

Look under the base of the lamp for the hallmark. It can also be a symbol or date stamp, which is really helpful. Even if it doesn’t feature a date, you can research the maker’s mark on the Internet.

What do you do with old oil lamps?

Many gas stations or auto shops accept unused lamp oil as well. You can get their information from the website. You can even visit them to know their required criteria to receive your oil. Always consult with them in advance and then take necessary steps for the disposal.

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How do you date a lamp by the plug?

Clues in the Cord

In an electric lamp, the cord often reveals the clue to the lamp’s age, unless the cord has been replaced. Inspect the cord; if it looks old, the lamp probably is as well. The metal prongs on the plug are likely the same size, rather than one end that is larger than the other.

How can you tell if a lamp is bronze?

One simple test is to apply a magnet to the artwork and see if it sticks there. Iron is highly magnetic, and you’ll feel the pull in the magnet. If you set a magnet on bronze, it’ll fall off. Also, watch for patches of corrosion, because bronze doesn’t rust.

How can I tell if my lamp is brass?

Solid brass is not magnetic. If the magnet sticks, the item is usually steel or cast iron, with a brass plating. If the magnet does not stick, you can test further by scratching a hidden area with a sharp tool. If you see a shiny yellow scratch, the item is likely solid brass.

How can I tell if my lamp is a Stiffel?

Stiffel lamps often contain a foil signature decal on the bottom of the lamp’s metal or high-quality wood base. Look for “Stiffel Lamp Company,” “SLC” or “Stiffel” on the decal or etched into the bottom of the lamp’s base.

How do you identify an Art Deco lamp?

Authentic art deco lamps have small, inconspicuous markings, commonly found at their bases or lower sides. These markings were either sand-blasted or acid-etched. Fakes, on the other hand, have very visible, larger markings.

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