Beware Of False Antique Lighting Claims
Shopping for antique lighting can be a hit-or-miss proposition. Sometimes, an excellent find can be had for much less than it’s worth. Other times, the buyers can end up with items not nearly as “antique” they had been led to believe. The best way to avoid being cheated or inadvertently misled is to become educated. The buyer of antique lighting fixtures needs to be able to recognize a reproduction, a true antique or a lighting fixture that is not in the time or style of interest. It helps to know what you’re looking for before you shop for it.
Many people shop for antique lighting at estate sales, on the internet and in antique stores. A popular venue for all types of “antiquing” is the flea market. The biggest problem with most of these places is that the seller often doesn’t know the origin of the light fixture. Unless the seller has a true knowledge of antique lighting, he/she may not be the best judge of a fixture’s authenticity.
The seller may have originally overpaid for the fixture and be looking to recoup the investment with a profit, even if there is doubt about the authenticity. Conversely, very little may have been paid for the fixture and the seller expects a huge profit by misrepresenting the value of it. In either case, knowledge is the buyer’s best protection.
We would all like to believe that people are honest and mean well. However, it is always best to err on the side of suspicion when buying from remote dealers such as on eBay or any dealer you don’t know, at least by reputation. Buyers should learn about the antique lighting fixture that they like. If you like it, you’ll learn it well. Knowledge is the key to saving money and a lot of disappointment.