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Q: How did you come across so many antique mica lamps and in so many styles?
A: I purchased the collection three years ago that had over 60 lamps, sconces and shades. The common link was that they all incorporated mica in the shade. The collection had been assembled by a couple that shopped antique stores and purchased "old new stock" from old suppliers and design studios. The newspaper that was used as packing dates from the early 1970's.
Q: What are some of the methods used to decorate the mica shade?
A: This collection has a few stellar examples of black laminate, cut and layered mica, plain mica with inlaid jewels and few use a colored overlay technique.
Q: Do you still find new lamps and add to the collection?
A: Yes! I am always interested in purchasing mica lamps, single pieces or entire collections. Newly found antique lamps will be added to the site when they become available.
Q: What styles of lamps do you carry and when were these lamps created?
A: The collection has examples from the Arts and Crafts period through the Art Deco era. Most of these lamps date from the mid teens to the early 1940's. WWII marks the cut off period for most lighting incorporating mica. After the war, fiberglass, paper and other materials became the standard. I favor lamps/lighting from the Art Deco era.
Q: Do you offer a "satisfaction guaranteed" policy?
A: Absolutely. If for any reason you are not satisfied with your lamp, return it and I will issue you a refund, less the shipping charges. Please call for shipping instructions.
Q: What is the best way to illuminate a mica lamp?
A: Most mica lamps that are open at the top can handle a 60 - 75 watt bulb. If it is not vented at the top, a 40 watt bulb should be used. Also, I recommend using a tabletop dimmer switch for your lamp, keep it on a lower setting for "mood" and run it up when the need calls for it. Mica is very durable to heat.
Q: Where does mica come from?
A: The ground! It is a mineral that crystallizes in forms that allow perfect cleavage into very thin leaves. It is then formed into sheets and cut up and made into lampshades. It creates a great glow unlike any other material.
Q: Can I get additional detailed photos of a lamp?
A: Sure, just call or email me at david@vintagemica.com and specify in detail what lamp and what shots you desire. Even though I use a digital camera, I can get pretty clean and accurate color shots of how the mica looks once illuminated.

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