Featured Nephrite or Soapstone Part Of A Lamp

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by kraftblue, Apr 24, 2020.

  1. kraftblue

    kraftblue Well-Known Member

    This looks like it was a lamp? at some point. I plan to take the stone of the base. Would anyone know age of stone?
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  2. flipper

    flipper Striving to face adversity with tact and humor

    It says MADE IN .......?
     
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  3. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    China
     
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  4. kraftblue

    kraftblue Well-Known Member

    I think it is soapstone. I don't care about the metal part. Just curious about the stone itself.
     
  5. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

    Age of stone will be thousands if not millions of years old.
    As to when it may have been turned into a lamp. I have a pink one that because of the wrapped cord, I've always thought to be 1920s/30s. But that is just a guess on my part.
    We were importing from China at that time.

    Not soapstone. Not sure it is Nephrite either. There is another stone. Mine looks more like rose quartz.

    You are missing the top. They had a tubular bulb.
     
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  6. kraftblue

    kraftblue Well-Known Member

    Thanks Clutter. I know it is missing a top of some sort.
     
  7. Hollyblue

    Hollyblue Well-Known Member

    If you are removing the complete base,you can try to scratch the base with your fingernail.That will tell you if it is soapstone or a harder material.
     
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  8. evelyb30

    evelyb30 Well-Known Member

    I'd be thinking serpentine.
     
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  9. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    Can you scratch it with a sharp hard steel point? YES=serpentine, NO=Nephrite

    Nice piece whatever it is.
     
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  10. kraftblue

    kraftblue Well-Known Member

    Thanks Evelynb

    Blooey yes, it leaves a mark.
     
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  11. blooey

    blooey Well-Known Member

    So a serpentine piece. Still, no matter, a very lovely thing anyway and certainly not modern.
     
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  12. Crim000

    Crim000 Active Member

    @kraftblue put a hair on edge at base and try to burn it if it burns it is not jade. Make sure hair is tight. soapstone is a very very soft stone
     
  13. kraftblue

    kraftblue Well-Known Member

    Thanks Blooey.
     
  14. Oldlampguy

    Oldlampguy New Member

    maybe onyx material?
     
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