Antique oil lamps



2015-06-26 11:17:18

Antique oil lamps are pieces generally manufactured more than 100 years ago (based on the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act’s definition of “antique”), before the advent of electrical lighting.

They are favoured by collectors for their historical interest and relation to the art or art deco trends of the period in which they were made.

See also: Main article: Antique figurine lamps

In the United States the term 'antique' is defined by the 1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act, which states that it should be used to describe items manufacturer over a century ago.1930 Smoot-Hawley Tariff Act

However, the definition of an antique varies from country to country. For instance, many people use the term 'antique pottery' to describe items of stoneware and earthenware made during the early to mid-20th century.


Antique lamps that are popular among collectors include examples from the 18th century, many of which have sold for five figure sums. Noted manufactures include Rundell, Bridge and Rundell.

Other rare and coveted manufacturers include Hinks & Son, whose oil lamps date from circa 1900 and are often made of brass and ceramics.

Notable sales

Examples of auctioned 18th century oil lamps include a pair of George Iii Ormolu Four-Light Candelabra by Rundell, Bridge and Rundell from circa 1800-1810 sold at Sotheby’s New York in November 2006. It sold for $96,000.

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