my matching chandelier lamps

janmo_ncAugust 21, 2012

I would like to know approximately how old this lamp is. There are two, and they've been on a mantle since the 1950's. They are not marked in any way, they have tubular light bulbs and a small two-prong plug with a plastic cord. Dating these lamps could help solve a mystery.

Any ideas would be greatly appreciated!

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lindac

The lamps look very 1930 to me....but the plastic cord says later. could that cord be new?
Linda C

    Bookmark   August 21, 2012 at 3:34PM
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janmo_nc

I think it is the original cord, Linda. I doubt anyone that lived in that house would rewire a lamp (or pay to have it done), and the way the cord comes through the marble base it would have been a lot of trouble. They were in a room that hadn't been used in many years, and I had to replace the sockets to get them to work. When did they start using plastic cords? Thanks for your help!

    Bookmark   August 21, 2012 at 8:43PM
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lindac

In my memory....post WW II for sure....but how much? There was a period when they used "rubberized" cords....think that was before plastic. And before that those "silk" coated cords.

Are the prisms cut or molded?

    Bookmark   August 22, 2012 at 12:08AM
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janmo_nc

I found one very similar online and they describe the prisms as pressed glass. They are claiming 'antique' but I know how that is. Thanks again!

Here is a link that might be useful: similar lamp

    Bookmark   August 22, 2012 at 8:28AM
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