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The Brass Knob
Architectural Antiques, Inc.
2311 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel 202-332-3370

Hours of Operation:
Monday | Saturday
10:30am to 6:00pm
Sunday: Noon to 5:00pm
Remodeling and Home Design

Vintage Lighting FAQs

1.  How old is the antique lighting that you sell?
Our lights generally date from 1850 to 1930. There are some vintage lights in the store which are more contemporary, but still previously owned.

2.  Is antique lighting safe?
All of our antique lighting is rewired with new electrical parts so that they are as safe as any new lighting fixtures. Occasionally we will get a contemporary light with relatively new wiring which we test carefully prior to putting it out for sale.

3.  How difficult are your vintage chandeliers and sconces to install?
All of our lights are wired to install on new electrical boxes, so they are easy to install.  Occasionally a customer with an old house has special wiring needs and we will supply upon request the appropriate parts to install on a vintage electrical box.

4. Why do your brass lights range in color? 
Some antique chandeliers and antique sconces can be cleaned up to have a natural patina and some have so much paint or dirt they have to be cleaned down to the bare metal.  It is always possible to change the finish depending upon customers decorating needs. Silver and nickel are generally a plating over another metal and saving these finishes is rare, but it is always possible to silver or nickel plate brass.

5.  What style of vintage chandeliers and lights do you sell?
Our inventory contains a large variety of styles including, Classical, Victorian, Edwardian, Arts and Crafts, Tudor, Art Nouveau, Art Deco and Moderne.  We try to have examples of all of the styles in stock, but because these are antique lights there are times when we do not have certain styles in stock.
 
6.  Do you sell new lights?
We sell new lighting in order to make some of our older vintage lighting pieces more marketable.  In addition, we make custom lights for customers who do not see what they want in the store, or need multiples of the same design.  We also sell one line of custom order new lights which are available in a number of different metal finishes.

7.  Are your antique brass lights lacquered to keep them high shine?
Many of our customers prefer to have their polished vintage brass lights tone down to have more of a natural patina, so we do not as a rule put any coating on our brass and bronze lights. However, if a customer wants a light to maintain a high shine, the light can be lacquered for a minimal additional charge.  We do generally lacquer antique silver plated lights since the silver tends to tarnish much faster than the brass.

8. If a vintage chandelier is too long for my ceiling can it be shortened?
Most of our lights can be shortened or lengthened.  There are some exceptions, but we will try to adapt a light to the ceiling height necessary.  There is generally a minimal charge for this service.

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The Brass Knob
Architectural Antiques, Inc.
2311 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel 202-332-3370

Hours of Operation:
Monday | Saturday
10:30am to 6:00pm
Sunday: Noon to 5:00pm