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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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Victorian Cranberry Glass Oil Lamp

Bridport Antiques at The Alleyways Centre

Victorian Cranberry Glass Oil Lamp

£ 716

€836
$901
Victorian Cranberry Glass Oil Lamp

Victorian Cranberry Glass Oil Lamp

£ 716

€836
$901

Bridport Antiques at The Alleyways Centre

Victorian Neo Classical Silver Plated Candlestick

£ 295

€345
$371
Victorian Neo Classical Silver Plated Candlestick

Victorian Neo Classical Silver Plated Candlestick

£ 295

€345
$371

Church Street Antiques

Chinoiserie Decorated Walnut Standard Lamp c.1930

Paul Watson Antiques & Interiors Norfolk

Chinoiserie Decorated Walnut Standard Lamp c.1930

£ 395

€461
$497
Chinoiserie Decorated Walnut Standard Lamp c.1930

Chinoiserie Decorated Walnut Standard Lamp c.1930

£ 395

€461
$497

Paul Watson Antiques & Interiors Norfolk

Vintage Chrome Mushroom Lamp

Marylebone Antiques

Vintage Chrome Mushroom Lamp

£ 445

€520
$560
Vintage Chrome Mushroom Lamp

Vintage Chrome Mushroom Lamp

£ 445

€520
$560

Marylebone Antiques

English Silver 12 Light 19th Century Antique Chandelier

£ 1,950

€2,278
$2,453
English Silver 12 Light 19th Century Antique Chandelier

English Silver 12 Light 19th Century Antique Chandelier

£ 1,950

€2278
$2453

O Keeffe Antiques

Pair of Pitchfork Standard Lamps

£ 985

€1,151
$1,239
Pair of Pitchfork Standard Lamps

Pair of Pitchfork Standard Lamps

£ 985

€1151
$1239

Andros Antiques

French Pair of Gilded Antique Wall Lights

£ 395

€461
$497
French Pair of Gilded Antique Wall Lights

French Pair of Gilded Antique Wall Lights

£ 395

€461
$497

O Keeffe Antiques

19th Century Paw Feet Brass Base Standard Lamp

£ 460

€537
$579
19th Century Paw Feet Brass Base Standard Lamp

19th Century Paw Feet Brass Base Standard Lamp

£ 460

€537
$579

Campbell Vintage

Edwardian Silver Candlesticks 1905

£ 595

€695
$748
Edwardian Silver Candlesticks 1905

Edwardian Silver Candlesticks 1905

£ 595

€695
$748

Treehouse Antiques

Auguste-Maximilien Delafontaine Gilt Bronze Pair of Candlesticks

£ 675

€789
$849
Auguste-Maximilien Delafontaine Gilt Bronze Pair of Candlesticks

Auguste-Maximilien Delafontaine Gilt Bronze Pair of Candlesticks

£ 675

€789
$849

Marlborough Antiques & Interiors

Lovely Pair of Antique George III Silver Plated Chambersticks

£ 375

€438
$472
Lovely Pair of Antique George III Silver Plated Chambersticks

Lovely Pair of Antique George III Silver Plated Chambersticks

£ 375

€438
$472

Unique Antiques By Emma Jade

Pair of Antique Brass Table Lamps with Tole Shades

£ 2,450

€2,862
$3,082
Pair of Antique Brass Table Lamps with Tole Shades

Pair of Antique Brass Table Lamps with Tole Shades

£ 2,450

€2862
$3082

Marylebone Antiques

French Gilded Bronze Antique Hall Lantern

£ 895

€1,045
$1,126
French Gilded Bronze Antique Hall Lantern

French Gilded Bronze Antique Hall Lantern

£ 895

€1045
$1126

O Keeffe Antiques

French Pair of Gilded Antique Wall Lights

£ 395

€461
$497
French Pair of Gilded Antique Wall Lights

French Pair of Gilded Antique Wall Lights

£ 395

€461
$497

O Keeffe Antiques

Quality Brass & Mahogany Adjustable Reading Lamp

£ 390

€456
$491
Quality Brass & Mahogany Adjustable Reading Lamp

Quality Brass & Mahogany Adjustable Reading Lamp

£ 390

€456
$491

Town House Traders Ltd

Antique Glass Hanging Light Shade

£ 225

€263
$283
Antique Glass Hanging Light Shade

Antique Glass Hanging Light Shade

£ 225

€263
$283

Rams Head Antiques

Copper Anchor Light with Oil Burner

In a Nutshell Antiques & Interiors Ltd

Copper Anchor Light with Oil Burner

£ 120

€140
$151
Copper Anchor Light with Oil Burner

Copper Anchor Light with Oil Burner

£ 120

€140
$151

In a Nutshell Antiques & Interiors Ltd

Square Opaline Pendant Light

In a Nutshell Antiques & Interiors Ltd

Square Opaline Pendant Light

£ 175

€204
$220
Square Opaline Pendant Light

Square Opaline Pendant Light

£ 175

€204
$220

In a Nutshell Antiques & Interiors Ltd

Italian Pair of Giltwood Antique Wall Lights

£ 975

€1,139
$1,226
Italian Pair of Giltwood Antique Wall Lights

Italian Pair of Giltwood Antique Wall Lights

£ 975

€1139
$1226

O Keeffe Antiques

Edwardian Silver Plated Table Lamp

Newark Antiques and Interiors Ltd

Edwardian Silver Plated Table Lamp

£ 460

€537
$579
Edwardian Silver Plated Table Lamp

Edwardian Silver Plated Table Lamp

£ 460

€537
$579

Newark Antiques and Interiors Ltd

Large Pair of 19th Century Antique Pewter Candlesticks

£ 195

€228
$245
Large Pair of 19th Century Antique Pewter Candlesticks

Large Pair of 19th Century Antique Pewter Candlesticks

£ 195

€228
$245

Middleton's Antiques

Holophane Glass Pendant Light

£ 159

€186
$200
Holophane Glass Pendant Light

Holophane Glass Pendant Light

£ 159

€186
$200

Sunnyside Antiques

Pair of Three Branch Silver Candelabra

Newark Antiques and Interiors Ltd

Pair of Three Branch Silver Candelabra

£ 2,675

€3,125
$3,365
Pair of Three Branch Silver Candelabra

Pair of Three Branch Silver Candelabra

£ 2,675

€3125
$3365

Newark Antiques and Interiors Ltd

Antique Brass Corinthian Column Table Lamp

In a Nutshell Antiques & Interiors Ltd

Antique Brass Corinthian Column Table Lamp

£ 150

€175
$189
Antique Brass Corinthian Column Table Lamp

Antique Brass Corinthian Column Table Lamp

£ 150

€175
$189

In a Nutshell Antiques & Interiors Ltd

Art Deco Stepped Opaline Pendant Light

In a Nutshell Antiques & Interiors Ltd

Art Deco Stepped Opaline Pendant Light

£ 250

€292
$314
Art Deco Stepped Opaline Pendant Light

Art Deco Stepped Opaline Pendant Light

£ 250

€292
$314

In a Nutshell Antiques & Interiors Ltd

French Pair of Gilded Twin Arm Wall Lights

£ 375

€438
$472
French Pair of Gilded Twin Arm Wall Lights

French Pair of Gilded Twin Arm Wall Lights

£ 375

€438
$472

O Keeffe Antiques

Florentine 12 Light Polychrome Chandelier

£ 2,650

€3,096
$3,333
Florentine 12 Light Polychrome Chandelier

Florentine 12 Light Polychrome Chandelier

£ 2,650

€3096
$3333

O Keeffe Antiques

Pair of Arts & Crafts 19th Century Brass Candlesticks

£ 895

€1,045
$1,126
Pair of Arts & Crafts 19th Century Brass Candlesticks

Pair of Arts & Crafts 19th Century Brass Candlesticks

£ 895

€1045
$1126

Debenham Antiques Ltd

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.