Antique Glass Lamp Shades

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Antique Glass Lamp Shades

Antique Glass Lamp Shades are original glass shades produced to fit a variety of lamp styles.

Brief history

Antique glass lamp shades were typically produced in the early 1900s, and can be bought attached to the original antique lamp base or even as a replacement to a modern lamp.

During the early 1900s, Tiffany Studios started producing a large number of glass lamp shades that resembled stained glass and outlined with iron rods. These Tiffany lamps because so popular that many "Tiffany-style" glass lamp shades are still being produced today. However, collectors are still desperate to get their hands on an authentic Tiffany glass lamp shade due to their impeccable quality and rarity.

Notable auction sales

Tiffany Studios lamp shades

Flomaton Antique Auction in Flomaton, Alabama sold a large leaded Tiffany Studios glass floor lamp shade (26" in diameter) with rippled amber and a purple and blue floral pattern for $12,500 in March of 2008.

Duffner & Kimberly lamp shades

Berner's Antique Auction Gallery in Springfield, Ohio sold a yellow and green floral Duffner & Kimberly lamp shade (circa 1910; 30" in diameter) with a grape vine scrolling across the bottom for $15,500 in 2004.

Morgan lamp shades

Berner's Antique Auction Gallery in Springfield, Ohio sold a leaded glass Morgan lamp shade (circa 1910; 26" in diameter) featuring green grape vine and purple grapes for $5,000 in October of 2004.

Tiffany Studios lamps with glass shades

Central Street Antiques and Auction in Windsor, Connecticut sold a Tiffany Studios glass lamp and daffodil-style shade (circa 1497; 25") with a bronze bass for $74,000 in April of 2011.

Berner's Antique Auction Gallery in Springfield, Ohio sold:

  • A green and white Tiffany Studios Hydrangea "snowball" glass chandelier/vase (28" in diameter) which contains fractured (confetti) glass and floral artwork (circa 1910) for $109,000 in October of 2004.
  • A leaded blue, green and orange Tiffany Studios 22" dragonfly lamp and glass shade (circa 1920; 22" x 36") for $94,000 in October of 2004.
  • A leaded Tiffany Studios lamp with a dark mottled green and gold glass shade (16" x 21") for $30,000 in October of 2004.

Antique Place in Hallandale, Florida sold a Tiffany Studios lamp with a green glass shade (circa 1927; 23") for $28,000 in December of 2010.

John Moran Auctioneers, Inc. in Altadena, California sold:

  • A Tiffany Studios lamp with a bronze glass shade (circa 1927; 24" x 19.5") for $30,000 in November of 2007.
  • A Tiffany Studios lamp with a bronze glass shade (circa 1915; (23" x 19.5") for $20,000 in July of 2008.
  • A Tiffany Studios lamp with a "Fabrique" green and white glass lamp shade (circa 1910; 23" x 19") for $27,500 in November of 2007.

Guide for collectors

Antique Tiffany Studios lamp shades are considered to be the most valuable among collectors, especially if they are still attached to the original antique base.

Restoration of an antique glass lamp shade is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. (However, restoring an antique glass lamp shade could reduce its value).

For more information regarding where to find antique glass lamp shades, visit the Antique Lamp Co.'s official website or Lamps Plus.

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