Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

Depression Glass in Bankers Lamps

Depression glass has three basic characteristics:

  1. Light weight.
  2. Pale Color
  3. Delicate Patterns

Look for green, blue, pink, and amber colors, as they were popular during the depression years.  When looking at antique bankers lamps for collecting, inspect the shade very carefully.  Antique glass makes the lamp even more valuable.  Make sure that there are no cracks or breaks, as that will devalue the lamp.  

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Dale Tiffany Handale Golf Bankers Lamp

It's easy to find fun styles of bankers lamps.  Tiffany style lamps come in many fun designs.  This one has a scene with golfers on the shade.  

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Dale Tiffany Dragonfly Bankers Lamp in Antique Bronze Finish

I was browsing through some great bankers lamps and found this one that's quite beautiful.  It's hard to really see the detail in this picture, but the base has some nice detail and the shade is a dragonfly in stained glass style.  This Dale Tiffany bankers lamp is found at Nex Tag.    

Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Very Inexpensive Bankers Lamp

As I was looking at different bankers lamps , I ran across this bankers lamp and had to share.  It's so cheap.  Only $19.99 at Target.com

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Nice Bankers Lamps For Sale

I just found some really cute bankers lamps from Kichler Westwood.  Here's one that I thought was very elegant.  I like the detail in the base.  Also, the soft look of the glass shade.  This bankers lamp sells for $82.00.  

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Bronze Bankers Lamp

This bronze bankers lamp is beautiful with the nice texture in the shade.  It's the real deal for $72.00 at Student Market

Coffee Painted Bankers Lamp

This bankers lamp is a beautiful choice.  It's got a shade made of mica and a brown base with a pull string.  What a find for only $40 new.  Find it at Google.  

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Why Are Banker's Lamps Green?

When you do an image search in Google for "Bankers Lamp", you will end up with a bunch of lamps with green shades and brass bases that look pretty much alike.

Why are they all green?  Well, in doing a bit of research, I came across an interesting discussion on just this topic.  It seems that no one in this forum that I was reading really knew the answer.  There were some guesses about how the green filtered the light so that it was not such a strain on your eyes and things like that, but it was all just guessing.  

So, I did a bit of thinking and came up with my own guess.

I bet you're just dying to know what it is, right?  Well, I did some research on depression glass and found out that there were several manufacturers of glass during the depression, when Banker's Lamps were very popular.  They made glass that was very affordable so that even in those lean years, everyone could have glass.  They mainly made things in blues and greens.  This is in keeping with the bankers lamp designs.  

Many people don't realize that the early bankers lamps were mostly blue.  Although green became the color of choice in following years.  I'm betting it was because those colors were the cheapest to produce and were able to be sold to the public during those harsh economic times.  

So, that's my guess.  What do you think?  Could I be right?  Let me know if you've got the answer.  

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Favrile Glass Bankers Lamp

This lamp is one of my favorite bankers lamps.  It's got this gorgeous shade, made of amber favrile glass. It has a lacy look to it and is very feminine.  It is such a nice variation on the standard green shade that is so often seen in bankers lamps.  It is $130.99 at Lamps On the Web.