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Vintage Lighting & Antique Light Fittings

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As any interior designer knows light is one of the most important variables in any room. From the soft glow of a candle held in a simple brass candlestick, to a pair of carefully positioned wall lights, or a grand statement chandelier dangling from the ceiling, your choice of lighting really matters. Although there are many modern lights out there to choose from, Antique and vintage lamps offer unique designs you won’t find on the High Street as well as appealing age-worn finishes and colours. Indeed, with old lighting it is all about being bold and letting your instincts guide you to the best creative designs of the past. Often vintage desk lamps are mini sculptures themselves, so give them plenty of physical space in the room to let them shine (quite literally!)    


While old electrical lighting can be the perfect solution to any space, due to deteriorating parts it is important to either buy from reputable dealers or get them professionally checked and rewired yourself. That is one reason why buying from our specialist Dealers is so beneficial (as unless otherwise stated) they do this hard work for you. Also rewiring rarely harms the overall value of an antique or vintage lamp, and usually enhances it instead.


At LoveAntiques we have an impressive selection of genuine antique and vintage lighting for all your needs.

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Candlesticks - Spring Loaded Candle Holders

£ 395

€461
$497
Candlesticks - Spring Loaded Candle Holders

Candlesticks - Spring Loaded Candle Holders

£ 395

€461
$497

Sunnyside Antiques

Wonderful Quality Antique Victorian Brass Oil Lamp by Hinks & Sons

£ 595

€695
$748
Wonderful Quality Antique Victorian Brass Oil Lamp by Hinks & Sons

Wonderful Quality Antique Victorian Brass Oil Lamp by Hinks & Sons

£ 595

€695
$748

Unique Antiques By Emma Jade

Mahogany & Brass Reading Lamp Book Shelf c.1930

£ 195

€228
$245
Mahogany & Brass Reading Lamp Book Shelf c.1930

Mahogany & Brass Reading Lamp Book Shelf c.1930

£ 195

€228
$245

Old Painted Furniture

Art Deco Spelter & Alabaster Lady Lamp

£ 350

€409
$440
Art Deco Spelter & Alabaster Lady Lamp

Art Deco Spelter & Alabaster Lady Lamp

£ 350

€409
$440

Deco Original Ltd

French Pair of Gilded Bronze Antique Chandeliers

£ 15,950

€18,632
$20,063
French Pair of Gilded Bronze Antique Chandeliers

French Pair of Gilded Bronze Antique Chandeliers

£ 15,950

€18632
$20063

O Keeffe Antiques

Maitland Smith Standard Lamp

Marlborough Antiques & Interiors

Maitland Smith Standard Lamp

£ 625

€730
$786
Maitland Smith Standard Lamp

Maitland Smith Standard Lamp

£ 625

€730
$786

Marlborough Antiques & Interiors

French Set of 4 Bronze Single Arm Wall Lights

£ 895

€1,045
$1,126
French Set of 4 Bronze Single Arm Wall Lights

French Set of 4 Bronze Single Arm Wall Lights

£ 895

€1045
$1126

O Keeffe Antiques

Pair of 19th Century Japanese Blue & Red Lamps

£ 995

€1,162
$1,252
Pair of 19th Century Japanese Blue & Red Lamps

Pair of 19th Century Japanese Blue & Red Lamps

£ 995

€1162
$1252

JMR Antiques Ltd

Edwardian Table Oil Lamp by Hinks

£ 225

€263
$283
Edwardian Table Oil Lamp by Hinks

Edwardian Table Oil Lamp by Hinks

£ 225

€263
$283

Adam Wylie Antiques

Rare Art Deco Table Lamp 1949

£ 950

€1,110
$1,195
Rare Art Deco Table Lamp 1949

Rare Art Deco Table Lamp 1949

£ 950

€1110
$1195

Jo Brayshaw

French Gilded Bronze 6 Light Antique Chandelier

£ 3,750

€4,381
$4,717
French Gilded Bronze 6 Light Antique Chandelier

French Gilded Bronze 6 Light Antique Chandelier

£ 3,750

€4381
$4717

O Keeffe Antiques

Meissen Pair of Candlesticks

£ 2,000

€2,336
$2,516
Meissen Pair of Candlesticks

Meissen Pair of Candlesticks

£ 2,000

€2336
$2516

Meissen Showroom

Pair of Neoclassical Style Bronze Table Lamps

£ 575

€672
$723
Pair of Neoclassical Style Bronze Table Lamps

Pair of Neoclassical Style Bronze Table Lamps

£ 575

€672
$723

Marylebone Antiques

French Set of 4 Gilded Twin Arm Wall Lights

£ 695

€812
$874
French Set of 4 Gilded Twin Arm Wall Lights

French Set of 4 Gilded Twin Arm Wall Lights

£ 695

€812
$874

O Keeffe Antiques

Art Deco Spelter Lady Lamp with Crackle Glaze Globe Shade

Paul Watson Antiques & Interiors Norfolk

Art Deco Spelter Lady Lamp with Crackle Glaze Globe Shade

£ 675

€789
$849
Art Deco Spelter Lady Lamp with Crackle Glaze Globe Shade

Art Deco Spelter Lady Lamp with Crackle Glaze Globe Shade

£ 675

€789
$849

Paul Watson Antiques & Interiors Norfolk

Art Deco Elephant Table Lamp c.1930

£ 875

€1,022
$1,101
Art Deco Elephant Table Lamp c.1930

Art Deco Elephant Table Lamp c.1930

£ 875

€1022
$1101

Jo Brayshaw

Art Deco Chrome Table Lamp

£ 245

€286
$308
Art Deco Chrome Table Lamp

Art Deco Chrome Table Lamp

£ 245

€286
$308

Deco Original Ltd

French Gilded Bronze 12 Light Chandelier

£ 895

€1,045
$1,126
French Gilded Bronze 12 Light Chandelier

French Gilded Bronze 12 Light Chandelier

£ 895

€1045
$1126

O Keeffe Antiques

French Polychrome Fruit Antique Wall Lights

£ 875

€1,022
$1,101
French Polychrome Fruit Antique Wall Lights

French Polychrome Fruit Antique Wall Lights

£ 875

€1022
$1101

O Keeffe Antiques

Art Deco Anglo African Hardwood Bobbin Lamp

£ 530

€619
$667
Art Deco Anglo African Hardwood Bobbin Lamp

Art Deco Anglo African Hardwood Bobbin Lamp

£ 530

€619
$667

Whites Antiques

Pair of Bronze Gothic Lanterns

£ 225

€263
$283
Pair of Bronze Gothic Lanterns

Pair of Bronze Gothic Lanterns

£ 225

€263
$283

Whites Antiques

Fantastic Quality Antique Victorian Oil Lamp

£ 695

€812
$874
Fantastic Quality Antique Victorian Oil Lamp

Fantastic Quality Antique Victorian Oil Lamp

£ 695

€812
$874

Unique Antiques By Emma Jade

French Late 19th Century Empire 6 Light Chandelier

£ 1,950

€2,278
$2,453
French Late 19th Century Empire 6 Light Chandelier

French Late 19th Century Empire 6 Light Chandelier

£ 1,950

€2278
$2453

O Keeffe Antiques

Small Mid 20th Century Grey Metal Wall Lantern

£ 140

€164
$176
Small Mid 20th Century Grey Metal Wall Lantern

Small Mid 20th Century Grey Metal Wall Lantern

£ 140

€164
$176

Whites Antiques

Pair of Vintage Floor Lamps by Clive Rowland

£ 1,250

€1,460
$1,572
Pair of Vintage Floor Lamps by Clive Rowland

Pair of Vintage Floor Lamps by Clive Rowland

£ 1,250

€1460
$1572

Marylebone Antiques

Vintage Lighting & Antique Light Fittings FAQs


How to date antique brass candlesticks?

Antique candlesticks are a universally loved item and date back thousands of years. However because they are all quite similar and look the same shiny colour when cleaned, it is not always easy to know how old they are. The overall form of brass candlestick has varied quite a bit over time from wider domed bases and larger drip trays to slender neoclassical varieties with push-up sockets and square bases. However, since it is relatively easy to copy older designs (and plenty of people have) it is important to look at the condition and construction also. Up to the end of the 18th Century most candlesticks were hammered or cast but by the 19th century were being stamped or spun in sections. These older examples tend to use thicker brass and will be held together with hand cut screw threads and hand cut squared nuts. Since these items were used on a daily basis then you would also expect a good degree of wear and knocks as well.


Is antique lighting valuable?

As a highly practical accessory antique and vintage lighting can be quite valuable mostly ranging up to a few thousand UK Pounds. There are of course two reasons people purchase lights, one of which is for their aesthetic appeal, but the other is because some of the finest industrial designers of the past 100 years also chose to design lamps. These lamps can be fun and modern or clever and timeless but because they also remain highly practical they should prove to be good longer term investments.   


Do old lamps need to be rewired?

As usable items old electric lamps are naturally far more valuable when they work. Whether the lamp is ultimately PAT tested with the old wiring or rewired does not affect the overall value of the lamp, but for piece-of-mind having the item rewired is always preferable. The reason is because these old lamps internally bear wires and holders which will have aged over time sometimes more substantially than is visually noticeable. The older rubber and threads covering the wires will have dried and cracked and the fixings in the holders may have come loose. Many were also made at a time of lower voltages and without an Earth. This is one reason why it is worth purchasing such items from a specialist as on LoveAntiques who will ensure your cool looking lamp is safe to use for decades to come.


How to choose an antique lamp?

It is best to view antique and vintage lamps as mini-illuminated sculptures and they were created with the piece fully illuminated in mind. As such it is good not to cram the lamp into a small area but to give it space as you would a sculpture. Even if your room is quite conservative you can be brave when adding a lamp with bold shapes or strong colours. The trick is to keep a balance so if the body of the lamp is quite plain then you can afford to go crazy with the lamp shade, and if the lamp body is bold then pare back the shade. When out buying also consider the amount and direction of the light you want to add to your spot. Wall lights will add spots of light to the walls, uplighters will add to the overall warmth and ambience but are not great for reading, and goose neck desk lamps will add a barrage of focussed light to a very small area but leave the rest of the room dark.