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Deena Products Floor Lamp

Posted Friday, October 13 by Brian

Deena Floor Lamp.jpg Hello There!
I was wondering if you could help identify this lamp for me. It is, I think, a circa 1940 floor lamp. On the bottom of the base is what looks like "Deena Products , Chicago Illinois" and the serial number 233. There is a lamp shade that goes with it but, I and my wife can find no way to attach it to the base. Well let me know what you think if you have time! Thanks a bundle !

Mr and Mrs King, Yuma, AZ


Deena was in business in the 1940's and early 1950's. The headquarters of Deena Products was in Chicago Illinois with production plants in Kentucky. They made a wide variety of table and floor lamps. This style of floor lamp, made by many companies, was popular in the 40's and 50's. It has a central 3 way bulb with a mogul (oversized) base, that puts out 100, 200 or 300 watts. It also has 3 sockets for smaller bulbs that are on a 3 way switch so that 1, 2 or all 3 of these bulbs can be on. When fired up, these put out a tremendous amount of light.

The company is not innovative or significant enough for collectors to get excited about them. The lamps are sold primarily to people who like antique and vintage furnishings, to be used. They usually sell in the $50 to $125 range depending on condition and style. Exceptional examples can go for a little over $200.

The correct type of silk shade just sits on top of the white glass shade, see photo below, and is centered by the double bends in the wire supports. I see a lot of these lamps without the silk shade. Now you know what to look for if the shade you have is not the right one. The shade is necessary to make the light softer and more indirect.
Lamp Shade.jpg

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Does anyone know where (preferably in Chicago) I could buy a reasonable shade for a Deena Products Floor Lamp? 
Thanks 

 I have this lamp it ws my great great Aunts.I have held on to this for many years. I have to orginal milk glass top but know shade.    You can find replacements milk glass but they are very hard to find.I havwe seen a few at flea markets , where people do not know what it is.

There are several sites online that sell the bowl-shaped glass diffuser.  Here's one place which also sells the shades:

http://www.antiquelampco.com/Catalog/Diffusers.htm

In Minneapolis, Michael's Lamp Studio has everything you could possibly want, but I don't know if they ship:
http://www.insiderpages.com/b/3716642451/michaels-lamp-studio-minneapolis

This site sells the diffuser glass:
http://www.lampshademaker.com/glass_lampshades.htm#Opal%20Glass%20Reflector%20Bowls%20for%20Floor%20Lamps%20&%20Table%20Lamps

So, there are options out there if you don't want to haunt the flea markets!

My mom just got this lamp from her mother's attic.  It is still functional but very dirty.  We were wondering what kind of metal this is constructed from and the best methods for cleaning it.  If you could point us in the right direction, all the sites I find online are selling and not instructional.

Thanks,
Stacey
stacey.elliott @ gmail.com

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