Antique Bridge Lamps

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Gorgeous, classical, regal, and looking like something on a bridge over the Thames in London, these antique bridge lamps are a magnificent testament to a time where lamps has style and grace, and where on bridges not just for light, but for ambiance. Take a long stroll through this collection and see what we mean. You home will benefit from one or more of these lamps.

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Tiffany Bridge Lamp

Tiffany Bridge Lamp

Reminiscent of an antique bridge lamp, this piece showcases a colorful Tiffany-style shade made of handcrafted stained glass. It is held by a bronze arm with foliage motifs and finished in a stunning bronze tone. The base is made of resin and features delicate patterns.

Designer Advice:

With its dramatic essence, this lamp is perfect for traditional, maximalist, and bohemian interiors. When placed on a table, we recommend creating a vignette alongside a vintage globe, plants, books, and an antique-inspired clock. The size of this piece is ideal for nightstands. When putting it atop a console table, we suggest getting two of these to create a balanced look.

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Industrial Lamp

Industrial Lamp

Sand & Stable™

A bridge lamp with history, this lighting fixture evokes a graceful vintage design. Its bulb is placed inside an industrial-style cage, held by a curved post made of metal. Finished in black with antique textures and is perfect for farmhouse interiors.

$73.99

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Tree Lamp

Tree Lamp

Winston Porter

Usher some drama into your living space with this bridge floor lamp. Its bell-shaped shades provide two types of illumination for uplighting and downlighting functions. The two fixtures are held together by a turned pedestal post, crafted in steel.

$63.99 $70.99

Designer Advice:

Perfect for placing beside your sofa or in the reading nook. This is a great piece for farmhouse, transitional, and vintage-style interiors when you want to introduce a unique yet simple element to the composition. If positioned beside an armchair, we recommend pairing it with a round side table in black wood or wrought iron. 

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Soft Bridge Lampshade

Soft Bridge Lampshade

Upgradelights

Made of faux leather, these antique bridge lamp shades have a textured feel and look to them. Designed as a bell-shaped shade, each piece has a trimmed edge. Comes with brass-threaded fitting, ideal for floor lamps with down-bridge assemblies.

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Pipe Bridge Lamp

Pipe Bridge Lamp

Alcott Hill®

These bridge lamps exude both traditional and contemporary appeal. Its steel column features an arched branch and showcases two elements connected together by vintage bolts and washers. Meanwhile, its bulb is concealed by a drum-shaped shade with linen textures.

$163.99

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Chic Bridge Lamp

Chic Bridge Lamp

George Oliver

Glam with a touch of industrial, this vintage bridge lamp combines two metal finishes in one piece. Its tubular arched post provides ample support to the cylindrical shade while also offering the right amount of contrast to the palette.

$83.99

Designer Advice:

A versatile choice for modern industrial, midcentury modern, and transitional spaces. The black and brass option is perfect for adding drama to your end table vignette. For something chic and sophisticated, we recommend opting for the gold base paired with a white or seeded shade. Play with tones by placing it on top of a table with a contrasting color palette.

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Antique Bridge Lamps

Buying Guide

Bridge lamps are one of the lighting fixtures that became immensely popular during the transitional phase of various art movements. It was prevalent during art deco as well as Nouveau, thanks to the rising popularity of bridge and other card games as a leisure activity.

Today, these lamps make for excellent accent pieces. Not to mention that they are functional as well. Swap your mundane reading light with an antique bridge lamp and you have a functional centerpiece in your bedroom.

Here’s a small guide that shows you how to shop for one of these beauties.

A bridge lamp is a floor lamp that was used to illuminate the floor or a table used for recreational games, like the bridge. It can be identified easily by its unusually long base and a bridge arm that houses a downward directional light.

The base can be made of cast iron, brass, bronze or zinc, which were the metals that were prevalent in lamp making at the time, while the lampshade can either be glass or fabric. Almost all manufacturers of lighting fixtures made bridge lamps in the late 1800s and early 1900s. In fact, these lamps continued to be manufactured well into the 1950s.

The metal base in a bridge lamp is 54 – 60 inches tall. This makes it just about the perfect height for a reading lamp if you place it next to the bed. But the height also makes it highly prone to tipping over if it gets knocked or bumped. So, you’ve got to ensure that you place it flush against a wall to prevent this from happening. For this reason, bridge lamps are commonly placed in corners.

Also, many manufacturers, like Tiffany used a heavy metal base or a lead ring under the base to prevent the lamps from getting knocked over. Check to see if the lamp you like is base heavy or has the lead ring contraption under the base.

A lot of antique bridge lamps have the metallic bases in immaculate condition, but come with damaged lamp shades. That’s more common in lamps with fabric lampshades which might have worn out or frayed with time.

However, lampshades are easily replaceable with an antique or a modern replica. There are dozens of options to choose from. Most bridge lamps in those days used a conical lamp shade. But designs like floral, geometrical shapes or contemporary ones also make for excellent décor pieces.

As long as you can source an authentic base and extension arm, go ahead and buy it.

As is the case with any antique lighting fixture, it is highly recommended that you look for signs or markings that helps you identify the manufacturer and year. In case of bridge lamps, the markings were mostly stamped on the base or under it.

The older the lamp, the more difficult it will be to find the markings because it can get faded or difficult to read due to the patina.

There are many online public resources that help you identify antique lamps and ascertain their monetary value. All you need to do is click some pictures of the lamp and upload them to these websites.

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Antique Bridge Lamp Floor Lamp Vintage Early 1900s Cast Iron Dark Gold Finish

Antique Bridge Lamp Floor Lamp Vintage Early 1900s Cast Iron Dark Gold Finish

The slim design of this exceptionally efficient antique bridge lamp makes the interior a new dimension. The whole cast iron structure is durable and beautifully fits with subtle shade lamps. Perfect detail for the living room.

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Bring some antique elegance into your living room, with this exquisite bridge lamp. Designed in the 1920's, the lamp stands on a round base with fine metalwork, while holding a hexagonal, metal mesh shade.

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A stunning antique floor lamp having an X-like base with 4 bowed rods supporting a tall twisted stem (both are in gold and blue) with collars, widenings, floral finials, a bowed arm. A colourful silk lampshade has gold lacing and glass pendants.

Antique Vintage Bridge Arm Floor Lamp Light Fixture With Slag Stain Glass Shade

Antique Vintage Bridge Arm Floor Lamp Light Fixture With Slag Stain Glass Shade

Elegant lamp, which have sculptural kickstand made of copper. It has hanging lampshade made of yellow stained glass-work in a shape of Campanula. It can be used as a tall table lamp or low floor lamp.

Reading Floor Lamp

Reading Floor Lamp

The elegant floor lamp for any bookworm. Great for reading and as an additive to the home libraries. Lampshade made of glass with a rich amber hue, which makes the light is pleasing to the eye and warm.

Tiffany Roman Bridge Arm Floor Lamp

Tiffany Roman Bridge Arm Floor Lamp

When simple contemporary designs are not what you look for, have a closer look at this startling Tiffany style floor lamp. Well-known and beloved design was combined with traditional manufacturing techniques.

Vintage Art Deco Silver Cast Iron Nautical Bridge Arm Floor Lamp W Shade

Vintage Art Deco Silver Cast Iron Nautical Bridge Arm Floor Lamp W Shade

Your nautical interior style lacks something? A proper lighting may help. This bridge arm floor lamp is cast in heavy duty iron. Its intricate vintage lacework design is so artful that it remains in the memory for long.

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The Oscar Bach patinated iron bridge lamp has got the pierced decorated bridge arm, swirling leaves and octagonal platform of the base. It adds a sophisticated twist into any home space.

Templeton 1 Light Bridge Floor Lamp

Templeton 1 Light Bridge Floor Lamp

Intricate detailing that embellishes the stand of this floor lamp is not its most stunning element; what grabs your attention first is the beautifully crafted bowl shade handrolled of stained glass (a composition of reds, yellows and greens).

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VICTORIAN BRIDGE FLOOR / POLE LAMP W/ GRIFFIN FINIAL MARBLE BASE BRASS POST | eBay--Detail of bridge lamp

Bridge floor lamp

Lavish and detailed to utmost perfection - this Victorian lampshade comes with the material structure and immensely beautiful floral accents along with the charming fringe and silk ribbon to complete the look.

Bridge lamp

Furnish your living zone with this beautiful antique bridge lamp. It features the paper shade with orange color and brass base. It fits perfectly to classic and traditional style in the room.

Cleopatras peacock antique bridge floor lamp hand by peacockgypsy

Cleopatra's Peacock Antique Bridge Floor Lamp Hand by peacockgypsy

Antique bridge floor lamp revived pieces

Antique Bridge Floor Lamp - Revived Pieces

Antique bridge arm floor lamp

Completely restored antique cast iron bridge floor lamp has an incredibly craved top part of the iron stick. The ornamental cravings esambles of bird wing - finished with a traditional white lampshade, made of strong fabric.

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Tiffany Honey Locust Bridge Arm 19" H Table Lamp with Bowl Shade

Tiffany Honey Locust Bridge Arm 19" H Table Lamp with Bowl Shade

Are these grapes or violets? The bowl shade of this Tiffany table lamp features green and blue mosaic pattern that makes it a truly lovable creation. The look is completed with a base that has a range of intricate details.

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This intricately hand painted 1920s tole bridge lamp with dimensional flowers holds a spring garden shadowbox shade in a soft, pastel tones of pink, green and yellow, adding a romantic glow to the space.

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For every fan of the antique appeal this bridge lamp sports the sublime glass shade and the art deco structure along with the design taken straight out of 1930s, oozing that same air of refined beauty and chic.

Vintage rembrandt bronzed cast iron art deco nouveau bridge arm

Vintage REMBRANDT Bronzed Cast Iron Art Deco Nouveau Bridge Arm Floor ...

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Vintage Victorian Bridge Lamp Shade

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Victorian Lampshade and Antique Bridge Lamp

Vintage antique solid brass winged mermaid bridge floor lamp 1

VINTAGE ANTIQUE SOLID BRASS " WINGED MERMAID " BRIDGE FLOOR LAMP

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The beautiful lampshade of this stylish antique bridge lamp is an excellent way to bring your unique style and character to life. Beautiful ornamental details of the base and handle of lampshades captivate creating a nice composition.