Cecil. Floor Lamps. May 10th , 2018.
One of the best reading lamps in the world was also designed circa 1920. It has been highly imitated but it still remains unchallenged. The Bridge Arm Floor Lamp or Bridge Lamp has a typical floor lamp design with metal base and upright standard which can take the form of various types of decorated tubing twisted iron rods etc. At the top of the standard is a decorative cast metal arm with a graceful arc or curvature which ends with an electrical socket pointing downward and covered by a fabric or glass shade. This has the effect of offsetting the light by about 14-18" from the upright standard at the same time lowering it so that it is closer to the reading material or work project. The result is an excellent reading lamp or work lamp which places the light bulb very near the task at hand. Many of these Bridge Arm Floor Lamps have convenient pull chains which hang below the bottom of the lamp shade for ease of operation.
First of all there is always a touch of class and elegance brought upon by an antique piece in this case an antique floor lamp. Its mystery and unknown past is always very appealing and could serve as an enchanting conversation topic when friends family and guests visit. However genuine antique floor lamps are very hard to find and are therefore very costly. In fact in some auctions French antique lamps could sell for up to a thousand dollars and more. That is why today manufacturers seek to mimic the antique look by making use of gilded bases ornate cloths and stained-glass lampshades. The color or hue of finish is also imitated to reflect the antique look.
Some skills are easier than others to gain when considering beautifying our surroundings. As an example decorating with floor lamps takes little skill but it does take forethought. Effective interior designers generally have a properly considered plan for success and now we offer several of their easiest and most economical strategies to share with you.
More and more people are learning to appreciate the quality and styling of antique floor lamps especially as most of the ones being produced today are molded plastic and literally made to be thrown away. Most all floor lamp makers from the turn of the century made their lamps from heavy metals such as cast iron brass steel and cast zinc sometimes combined with marble onyx glass and stone. Our lamp shop regularly restores these antique floor lamps for resale as well as for our customers` own use. From our 30 years of experience it is clear that many of these antique floor lamps will last for hundreds of years. The electrical components the fabric shades and the painted finishes often need restoration but most were made with such fine quality that they are a much better value than brand new high end lamps that sell for many hundreds of dollars. You will find some other surprises about these collectible works of art below.
Floor lamps are sometimes used to represent or pay homage to regional pride as seen in Southwestern selections showcasing characteristic elements added to a lamp such as images of cacti and rattlesnakes. A New York City-themed floor lamp may showcase a silhouette of the Empire State Building. Cozy wilderness scenes of Colorado and other rustic locations may utilize the image of wild critters such as the grizzly bear or bald eagle.
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