Decorative Lamps and Lighting Fixtures

Antique Lighting Fixtures: Why Brass Shows Class

by Vintage Lamps

When you enter a room that is illuminated by antique lighting fixtures such as an antique brass floor lamp, you cannot help but notice a definite gleam of elegance and allure associated with it.

It’s almost as if you are carried back in time long gone by.

The charm of antique brass lamps not only emanates from the light it cast but more significantly from its monetary, historical and cultural value.

The craftsmanship put in these antique lamps is what makes them valuable.

Their designs are like personal signatures of the craftsmen who created them, and are considered as stamps of their period.

Antique Lighting Fixtures - Not Your Average Lamp

antique lighting fixturesTo classify a lamp as antique however, the minimum age of the lamp must be 100 years old.

This is the prerequisite age for an antique to be considered an antique. A lot of antique light fixtures are made out of brass.

In fact, a majority of them are brass. Brass was a thoroughly experimented and proven product for a very long time.

It is an alloy of copper and zinc, usually 67 percent copper and 33 percent zinc, and produces a golden yellow color.

Its characteristics make it ideal in making light fixtures among other things. It is harder than copper and does not tarnish as quickly.

When heated to very high temperatures it easily melts, so it can be poured into molds.

The most common form of brass lighting's are candlesticks, candelabras, chandeliers, table lamps, and floor lamps.

A majority of home decorators consider brass as a great choice for antique lighting fixtures.

This is because brass enhances the glow of the flame or the light bulb itself.

There is certain warmth that glows from brass lamps, sconces, lanterns, and candlesticks which adds a pleasing comforting feel of the past to a room.

Moreover, brass also proves to be perfect match for fireplace implements, and it’s hard-wearing for homes with kids and pets.

Another practical reason is it is easy to maintain.

Wash them in warm, soapy water, and polish with any available commercial metal polish, or rub them with a combination of homemade remedies like salt, vinegar and lemon juice…and voila! They shine like new.

Nowadays, antique lighting fixtures are rare finds, and this is attributed to the fact that these decorative light fixtures are custom-made, by hand to be exact so there are only a small number of them produced, and even a fewer survive the test of time to shed their light to this day.

There are quite a few who are interested in acquiring these pieces as fixtures in their homes as well as part of their personal collections.

There seems to be not enough flea markets and antique shops to rush in to, and let’s face it, getting the real thing would bust our bank accounts.

Hence today, manufacturers abound trying to replicate the features of antique lighting fixtures.

These companies invest in historical and cultural research in order to recreate the ornamental approach and designs of antique furniture.

Detail is very important in the reproduction of antique light fixtures, as this will determine the quality of the craft.

The brass finishes is just one of the common characteristic of antique lamps that are popularly copied besides the stained-glass lampshade and the intricate designs.

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