Antique table lamps may carry significant value if it is rare or made by a sought-after designer. Antique table lamps are light fixtures from the past that have been re-purposed for current use. They may serve an aesthetic function when used in a room with an antique style, or a functional purpose when used to light a room. Many antique table lamps serve both of these functions, though some must be updated to work with modern lighting technologies. There are several styles of antique table lamps. The stained glass table lamp is one of most recognizable of all antique table lamps. It was originally a product of the Art Noveau movement of the early 20th century. Instead of a cloth shade, it features a half-shell of multicolored glass panes, which create a spectrum of light around the room, depending on the size of the lamp.
The Victorian era during the second half of the 19th century in England was a time of decadence in just about all decor, including table lamps. One of the more commonly seen Victorian-style antique table lamps is the fringed variety. These have silk or satin lampshades with a small fringe dangling off the bottom, usually made from either braided fabric or glass beads. The rest of the shade is often covered with intricate, floral-patterned stitching.