Featured “Rod Iron” Lamp Info

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by Shwikman, Jun 10, 2019.

  1. Shwikman

    Shwikman Well-Known Member

    Trying to find info about this poor little lamp. I’m also wondering if the shade is an original type for this or not.
    Thank You!
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  2. SBSVC

    SBSVC Well-Known Member

    Shwikman, do you think this was originally an oil lamp?
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  3. Shwikman

    Shwikman Well-Known Member

    It seems possible. I would imagine the cord would’ve gone up through the body of the lamp if it was originally electrified...but I’m not knowledgeable about these things so I make no presumptions.
    Edit: I’m not even sure if the tube/pole is hollow.
  4. SBSVC

    SBSVC Well-Known Member

    I was just thinking that the shade on it now wouldn't have worked if it was an oil lamp, but I'm not sure about it, either!
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  5. Bakersgma

    Bakersgma Well-Known Member

    I don't think it could have been an oil lamp. See how the glass "font" is attached to the piece it sits on with a metal rod that then goes up through the bulb fixture? I doubt it would have had that hole in the bottom if it was supposed to hold oil.
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  6. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    isn't that Wrought Iron...?
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  7. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

  8. silverthwait

    silverthwait Well-Known Member

    Had an identical one when I was small -- including the shade. Even at the time, I didn't like the blanket stitching! Finally got my mother to get me a black & white toile substitute. The shade was much better, but that gawdawful SCREECH when moving the light...

    However, it was my favorite reading lamp!
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  9. patd8643

    patd8643 Well-Known Member

    We've had similar type lights and this is the first one I've seen with that type of gizmo for holding it when it is moved up and down the pole.
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  10. verybrad

    verybrad Well-Known Member

    This is an adjustable height bridge lamp. The styling is Colonial and dates circa 1950. It simulates an oil lamp but has always been electric. The shade could be right for it.
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  11. Shwikman

    Shwikman Well-Known Member

    Yes! Thank you for the correction! Typical lazy American English phonetics on my part!

    Thanks so much for the info!
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  12. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    How are we poor furrinners ever supposed to learn English with 'you lot'!:rolleyes::hilarious:
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  13. Drew

    Drew Well-Known Member

    Never an oil lamp... as mentioned Colonial influenced - 1920s -50s. Popularity started on these wrought iron lamps with the sesquicentennial anniversary of the U.S. in mid the 20's. Has a period shade.
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