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Identifying a Vintage Table Lamp?

Identifying a Vintage Table Lamp - off white bean pot lamp with floral motif
Vintage lamps, like furniture, can have resale value. To determine what that might be can be aided if the lamp has markings on the bottom. Otherwise, an internet search or trip to an antique and collectibles shop likely come next. Stye and color palette can be indicators of era of manufacture.
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July 15, 2021

I recently acquired this monkey lamp and would like to know its value or any background information as to the manufacturer or age of the lamp.

A lamp that has a monkey under the shade.
 
A close up of the monkey
 
A close up of the monkey.
 
A close up of the base.
 

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I see these periodically for sale. They are MAITLAND-SMITH STYLE METAL MONKEY IN HAMMOCK LAMP. Unless it is marked with the Maitland name, then it is in the style of their work.

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You could always call the company to see if they will say if it is actually theirs. Their number is (828) 495-8235. I personally have never dealt with them in my resale ventures so I can't vouch if they will or will not answer.

One sold on Live Auction (a website I belong to) for $50 in 2019. That is the last one I saw sold. The value today would be in that same range (for an unverified piece). A genuine (marked) piece sold a while back for $100....not your exact piece, but one similar.

Post back your next steps.

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July 15, 20210 found this helpful
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I happened to stop at my local Humane Society Thrift store about two weeks ago and they had a similar lamp for sale. It was marked $75. Not really a good store to base 'value' but it does show they can be found. I did not look for a mark but I believe it was a Maitland-Smith since the workmanship was superb.

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History:
Maintland-Smith was founded in 1979 by Paul Maitland-Smith, a London antique dealer and designer. The company was founded in Hong Kong to reproduce eighteenth century furniture and decorative accessories.
furniturebrands.typepad.com/.../get-to-know-the-brand-maitland-smith...
www.homefurnishingshalloffame.com/paul-maitlandsmith

One of these lamps sold in 2019 for $50.
www.liveauctioneers.com/.../76096828_maitland-smith-style-metal...

eBay has a lamp listed for sale for $165. You can place a watch on this listing to see if it sells for the asking price.
www.ebay.com/.../174815914645?hash=item28b3d72a95...

It looks like your lamp has a damaged shade but many lamps are sold without the shade as lamps with shades are very difficult to ship.

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July 31, 20210 found this helpful
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I found a very similar lamp: www.liveauctioneers.com/.../76096828_maitland-smith-style-metal....

This is not MAITLAND-SMITH lamp, this MAITLAND-SMITH STYLE METAL MONKEY IN HAMMOCK LAMP.

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Styled in the likes of Maitland Smith, with metal monkey swinging in a hammock and safariana detail, with shade, 34" tall.
Compare the dimensions with your lamp.

The estimated price of such a lamp is $200-400.

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March 21, 2021

I know there are multiple lamps, but hopefully someone with knowledge of lamps could answer in one spot instead of multiple questions. Looking for age and if possible what they are worth. Thank you in advance.

A lamp with a decorative flower on the side.
 
A lamp with a decorative flower on the side.
 
A decorative lamp with an ornate flower on the side.
 
A decorative lamp with an ornate flower on the side.
 
A decorative lamp with a rose and stripes.
 
A decorative lamp with a rose and stripes.
 

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March 21, 20210 found this helpful
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I believe these are 1940s "parlor" or "boudoir" lamps. The urn shape and floral decor mimics Victorian style and was very popular.

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The more valuable ones, it seems, are converted to electricity from oil lamps. On ebay they appear to be asking $40-$70 USD.

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March 23, 20210 found this helpful
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Lamps are a challenge to tell much from limited photos.

There is so much that needs to be examined to tell age and provenance.

First thing I look at are cords. What I can see, on the cords, the white with green cord looks older (maybe 1950 and looks to be damaged). The white and pink lamp cord looks much newer, so hard to tell if that cord was replaced or not.

I don't see any tops so I can't tell if there are finials or not.

I don't see the brackets that old the bulb or the switches. Those all figure into to date (or replacements).

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Are they one way, two way, three way switches?

My best suggestion with lamps--especially if you are asking for age to help you figure out how to sell--would be to take them to a reputable vintage shop and have them assessed in person. They can also help you value them for your town.

While people sell lamps online, it is a huge challenge so we can talk about that if you want to go down that path.

Post back with what you learn and I can certainly help with next steps if you are trying to sell.

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April 1, 20210 found this helpful
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These vintage electric table lamps are hand painted. Perhaps, if you examine them, you would even find signatures.

In the first photo, the lamp is most likely made of frosted/milk glass, with brass base. The painting is not in very good condition, so I think the price is about $22-30. The prices you can check here: www.ebay.com/.../252615358952, www.ebay.com/.../372612868652, vatican.com/.../

In the second and third photos, the lamps are made of ceramic, in 1940's. In the second photo the lamp is with brass base. The price is about $25-40 www.ebay.com/.../184165615685

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August 20, 2020

I understand this site to be predominantly US and as such maybe one of your members could assist. My enquiries in the UK have so far proved fruitless. This lamp base was given as a wedding gift in 1967 for a marriage taking place in London. It measures 30 x 19 x 8 cm and appears to be resin or a similar man made material with exception of the stem which I believe is brass.Identifying a 1960s Vintage Lamp? - stylized human on a lamp base, perhaps Mesoamerican design or other tribal design

 

The design, which is the same both sides, is certainly not English and I am keen to know if any member recognises either the pattern, manufacturer, or could perhaps suggest a value, stateside, of such an item.

Many thanks.

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You are right the design is not from London. This is from the South Pacific and one of the islands there in the South Pacific. I have seen these tiki figures from different islands in the area. I live in French Polynesia and here we have a few of these images. I want to say Tonga or somewhere near there. There are so many islands in the south pacific and most of the people migrated to these islands by canoe. The story of the islands is very interesting and when a family was banned from one island they had to pack up all their belongings and family in a canoe and set off in search of a new home. Many of these traditions were carried with them to the new home. The figurine is like a Tiki in a way and it represents the different Gods the people worshiped.

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August 26, 20200 found this helpful
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Hi Cybergrannie, I contacted the Ancient History Encyclopaedia Europe, who informed me the design is most likely inspired by Mesoamerican imagery. They suggested the standing figure is likely Inti or Viracocha and the creature below him, the feathered serpent Quetzalcoatl.

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April 28, 2020

This was a gift given to me when I had no furniture. She told me she had it for 40 years. I'm curious about it. Can anyone tell me about it?

Identifying a Vintage Table Lamp - off white bean pot lamp with floral motif
 

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You should look on the bottom of the lamp to see if there are any marking at all. If the lamp is around 40+ years old this. There were a lot of pottery shops in older parts of some cities that made lamps similar to these. They were thrown on a wheel and then baked in a kilm. After this they were handpainted and baked a second time. Some shops sold these where they were made and others sold them in stores. I would like to see if there are any marking on the wood base of this lamp (it sort of looks like there is a wood base) this will give me an idea of where to start looking for more information.

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Ginger jar lamps have been in and out of vogue for years. The colors lend themselves to 1960s/1970s. Unless the lamp is marked and one of the large ones, most smaller lamps sell between 5 and 40 dollars depending on supply and demand in your area.

If it has been rewired that may alter the value, as may the condition of the shade.

Everyone from dime stores to furniture stores sold these in that time period so finding and exact match may be like finding a needle in a haystack.

If you are asking to sell, start high and take best offer. Pretty piece! Post back if you sell!

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January 18, 2022

Is this lamp authentic and worth anything , I have found only one like it on the internet but it is in a language I don't understand, I believe it to be a Bohemian, on Czech glass. Please clarify. Thank you.

A decorative lamp.
 
A decorative lamp.
 
A decorative lamp.
 
A decorative lamp.
 
A decorative lamp.
 

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On the bottom of the photo you posted, it says "Turkish" in blue and "English" greyed out. It looks like if you click on English, you will see the translated page. If not, you could copy and paste the text into Google Translate and it will do it for you. It's usually close enough to understand.

Your lamp does look very similar to the one shown. But I don't see the lampshade in your photos. Is it missing? If so, the value would be much less than the one shown. I'm sure they get broke easier than the base.

Good luck and do let us know what you find out. It's a cool lamp and would look great in a living room or bedroom.

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January 18, 2022

Need help finding the value and authentic verification of this lamp. Any leads on where to find this lamp on the internet? Some criteria I can study and utilize for resale of lamp, as I cannot find anything on it.

Thanks, I've googled everything you see in photo and have had no luck.

A retangular table lamp.
 
An old rectangular lamp.
 
A sticker on the bottom of a lamp.
 
A sticker on the bottom of a lamp.
 
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January 12, 2022

I have two lamps I purchased at a thrift store. I thought they were very unique and different. I have searched and searched but I am coming up empty handed on finding out the makers, age, value, or anything.

I have found very little information for the Bohemian one but not in my language. Any information would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

A vintage painted table lamp.
 
A close up of the painted designs on a lamp.
 
Manufacture's information on the bottom of a lamp.
 
The bottom of a painted lamp.
 
The top of a lamp.
 
An old square table lamp.
 
An old square table lamp.
 
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August 31, 2021

Just curious about this lamp. I inherited it from my grandmother, I always loved it. Just wondering if it's worth anything or any history behind it. It probably weighs about 6 lbs and needs to be cleaned.

So if someone had any information on it, I would be so grateful. Thank you!

A decorative globe lamp.
 
A decorative globe lamp.
 
A brass cherub on the base of a lamp.
 
Brass cherubs on the base of a lamp.
 

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August 31, 20210 found this helpful

You need to have some identifying mark on it to see if it is an original or a knockoff. Look on the bottom. You may need to turn the lamp over.

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