There are many factory lamps on the market that are sold as old: are they really old?
Enamel shades from old stocks show almost always signs of age: small spots with rust, flaking etc., as can be seen in the pictures here. The enamel is fresh, but not like the fake lamps. If lamps have been sold in impeccable condition in large numbers for many years (typically on online marketplaces, but sometimes also in individual web shops), especially in forms that are only available on these pages, usually in several colors, there is reason to doubt.
Relatively simple shapes, which otherwise never appear as used lamps, in colors that never existed for historical industrial lamps (yellow, pink, ivory, etc. pp.) are usually also new. I once saw in a web shop with industrial lamps, where the seller (or manufacturer) chipped off the enamel with a hammer, making the lamps look used, and thus sold the new lamps as “old”. The whole thing didn’t look authentic, to say the least.
Many lamps are faked perfectly. A typical example of this are some Eastern European lamps. These are newly produced in a wide variety of colors. Everything is perfect, even the manufacturer’s brand in the enamel. With junction boxes and all the trimmings, the lamps are still produced today and sold well as old.
The old EKA / EMAX lamps are also counterfeited: these are easy to identify in terms of quality and the manufacturer’s brand is usually missing. By the way: scissor lamps are also produced here (both for the ceiling and for the wall) and sold as old.
In addition to Eastern Europe, the lamps, which are then sold as old, are usually manufactured in Asia.
The list could be written further, the conclusion is: keep your eyes open if you are looking for old lamps!
By the way: even with old industrial furniture – there is slowly more fake (sold as old) than original…