How to Value an Antique Table Lamp

Answer

If it is very rare or was crafted by a highly sought-after designer, an antique table lamp may hold a large value. On the other hand, just because a lamp is ancient or even uncommon does not automatically make it expensive. If the lamp is in bad shape, is not operating correctly, or is not of high quality, then its value may be limited to the amount that someone is prepared to pay for it. You will be able to better estimate the lamp’s worth if you give it great consideration and study as much as you can about the object.

  1. In order to view the underside of the light, turn it on its side. Emeralite recommends looking for a sticker, a nameplate, or a stamp that bears a maker’s mark on the product. If you find a stamp but are unable to read it well, you should use a magnifying lens. If the bottom of the base is covered with felt, carefully raise the felt and examine below it for any indications of who made the lamp.

  2. Investigate the lamp in other regions as well if there is no maker’s mark on the base. Some producers, for example, affixed a metal nameplate to the socket in order to identify the product. If the lamp is dirty, you may clean it up a little bit by rubbing it gently with a dry dust cloth while you look for the name of the lamp’s producer.

  3. Carefully inspecting the lamp’s cord and plug will help you assess whether or not it is secure to plug the light into an electrical outlet. In such case, you may test the lamp by putting a light bulb in the socket and then plugging the light into an outlet. Do not plug it in if the chord looks like it has frayed ends or if there are wires poking out of the cord or the plug end. Take note of if the cable and plug have the appearance of having been used for a long time; many older cords have a fabric covering, and the end of the plug is often open with screws visible, rather than being sealed during the manufacturing process. Lamps from the early half of the 1900s are exceptionally good examples of this phenomenon. If the cord does not seem to be very old, it is possible that someone has replaced the original.

  4. Conduct a thorough inspection of the lamp for any indications of wear and tear, such as cracks, dents, or crazing, particularly if the lamp is made of ceramic material. Examine the lamp closely for any indications that it has been repainted or repaired, since this might lower its value.

  5. Whether the lampshade is still whole, you should inspect it to see if it has been damaged. According to Country Living, this is particularly significant when it comes to lamps that have glass shades or painted glass shades, since the sophistication of the glass is what gives the lamp a considerable deal of its worth.

  6. According to Collectors Weekly, you should look for collector sites online and compare the information you’ve gathered about your lamp, such as the manufacturer, the kind of light, and its current condition. It is important to keep in mind that collector prices may be exaggerated, but using them will provide you with a basic notion of the highest possible worth for your lamp.

    Things You Will Need

    • Magnifying glass

    • Dust cloth

    • Lightbulb

    Tip

    Using a lighting kit, replacing the cable on a lamp is often a straightforward process; however, the value of your lamp may be negatively impacted if all of the elements are not original.

    Since many years ago, people have been collecting lampshades made of stained glass or reverse-painted glass. Many were manufactured to imitate the styles developed by well-known fashion designers, much in the same way that less expensive firms now copy the appearance provided by designer apparel and accessories. If you don’t know who manufactured your lamp but it seems to be of high quality construction, you should see a local antique appraiser to learn more about its history and to get an estimate of its worth.