how to identify antique lighting fixtures
Several indicators help determine whether your fixture is antique, replica or light inspired by the old style.
Check the wiring, gas tube and mark on the socket to narrow the use of the fixture.
If the fixture looks brand new and has modern wiring, it is likely to be a replica, not an antique.
If it is a light fixture, check whether the fixture is wired.
If the fixture is antique, its wiring is also Antique, unless it has experienced an upgrade at some point.
Antique wires may look old, yellowed or worn, and their typical feature is cloth coating, not plastic material that covers modern wires.
If the metal tube replaces the wire, the fixture may be a gas lamp.
In some cases, even if the wire is an electrical fixture, it may have been completely removed from the fixture;
In other words, it may not be a gas fixture just because it has no wires.
The outlet of the bulb is a good indicator of the lamp age, because the law requires that the electrical ratings be clearly marked on them.
Check whether the external part of the socket or the socket itself has lettering.
Electrical codes need to be marked since 1899;
If the socket is not marked at all, it can be traced back to before 1900 s.
From 1899 to 1910, the rated power of the socket is Candela Watts, not Watts;
The socket of this era may have \"50 ° c \". P.
Printed on it, it means 50 candelaveneng.
All sockets in 1910 and beyond have wattage grades.
Zipper takes much longer than you think;
It can be traced back to the end of 1890.
Although the chain itself has not changed much in the past 100, the decoration or decoration at the end of the chain varies by manufacturer, trend and era.
Several versions of the Acorn
From the early days of electric lights and lamps, the shape of the finish was found on the chain.
If the fixture has an acorn
Shaped chain finial, most likely from 1930 or earlier.
Modern chain with tassels
Pull in the style at the end, typically shaped like a flower arrangement.
This version of the tassel was available back in 1910.
Some manufacturers use gorgeous balls
Finials or snap in shape-on pieces;
Compare the pull on the fixture to the chart on the collector\'s website to determine the age range.
If your fixture has the original glass lampshade or ceiling
The fixing device cover, which may help determine whether the fixing device is antique or not.
Painted glass ball
Typical floral design style tones are used on some fixtures, lamps and even oil lamps.
Check the curtains carefully to make sure the design feels like paint;
If it is drawn, the strokes should be obvious.
Modern replicas use decals, leaving a completely smooth surface throughout the design area.
If this tone looks old and outdated compared to a similar modern tone, then it is likely to be an old tone.
Compare shades to items on auction sites or antiques-
Lighting website, learn about the Age of Shadows.
There are still some antique lampshades as reproductions of old lamps;
Ask an expert like an antique dealer to make sure that the curtains and fixtures are antiques if you are not sure about it yourself.