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Stiffel

When Ted Stiffel (1899–1971) founded Stiffel in 1932 in Chicago, he wanted to make functional, thoughtfully designed table lamps and other fixtures that were available at an accessible price. Born in Memphis, Stiffel first pursued a career in music before serving in World War I. After his discharge, he worked with the Western Electric Company in Chicago and then the Nellie J. Kaplan Company, a lighting firm also in the Windy City.

After he started his own lamp business, Stiffel began supplying area department stores and by the 1940s had opened a large factory that was producing lamps for nationwide sale, eventually competing with the likes of the Frederick Cooper Lamp Company, also based in Chicago. In 1948, designer Edwin J. Cole joined the company and created some of the firm’s most striking table lamps. Today, Cole’s vintage mid-century modern lighting fixtures for Stiffel, frequently with distinctively tall and shapely ceramic bodies and finished with decorative brass chinoiserie details, are highly prized by collectors.

One of Stiffel’s innovations was his patented switch, which simplified turning lights on and off: All someone had to do was grasp a lamp’s pole and gently pull down. He also designed a pole lamp with a vertical tube that held a series of fixtures on the outside. The upright pole lamp was so innovative that Sears, Roebuck and Company copied it. Stiffel sued, and the case ended up in the Supreme Court in 1964. The ruling against Stiffel was influential in whether states can give a patent to objects that do not have the invention required of federal patents.

After declaring bankruptcy in 2000, the brand was revived in 2013 in Linden, New Jersey, where newly produced high-quality lamps carry the Stiffel name.

Find a collection of vintage Stiffel lighting on 1stDibs.

Average Sold Price
$1,467
Styles
Materials
Large Brass Fluted Drum Shape Table Lamp by Stiffel
By Stiffel
Located in Rockaway, NJ
Very nice looking solid brass Mid-Century Modern table lamp by Stiffel.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stiffel

French Empire Table Lamps by Stiffel, a Pair
By Stiffel
Located in Copake Falls, NY
A pair of French Empire style table lamps made by Stiffel. Brass columns are turned with large fonts painted an alabaster color and topped with a lotus leaf motif. Reeded vases top a...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Empire Stiffel

Materials

Brass

Brass Stiffel Table Lamps, Pair
By Stiffel
Located in Miami, FL
Brass Stiffel Table Lamps, Pair Offered for sale is a pair of brass and painted brass table lamps from Stiffel. The lamps have switches on the classic style plinth bases, and have t...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Brass

  • Brass Stiffel Table Lamps, Pair
  • Brass Stiffel Table Lamps, Pair
  • Brass Stiffel Table Lamps, Pair
  • Brass Stiffel Table Lamps, Pair
H 36.5 in. Dm 16.5 in.
Monumental Campaign Style Patinated Brass "Bamboo" Stiffel Lamp
By Stiffel
Located in Hudson, NY
Single faux bamboo lamp with square base, circular brass feet and patinated finish. Labelled Stiffel. The shade is not included in packing/ shipping quote.
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Brass, Metal

Large Stiffel "Windows" Lamps, USA, 1960's
By Stiffel
Located in New York, NY
Imposing pair of stacked walnut and brass lamps by Stiffel. Shades not included.
Category

Mid-20th Century North American Mid-Century Modern Stiffel

Materials

Brass

Vintage Stiffel Solid Brass Hollywood Regency Table Lamp
By Stiffel
Located in Germantown, MD
Vintage Stiffel solid crackle brass MCM Hollywood Regency lamp in the form of a trophy. Comes with original harp and heavy solid brass finial. Good vintage condition. W3LR040622.  
Category

Mid-20th Century American Regency Stiffel

Materials

Brass

A bespoken Stiffel brass lamp with a lotus design base
By Stiffel
Located in Atlanta, GA
A quite dramatic tall table lamp made by Stiffel lamps USA circa 1960s. Brass construction with a single socket on candlestick-style enamel tubular stand set in a petaled lotus flowe...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Brass, Enamel

Elegant Pair of Hollywood Regency Stiffel Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in New York, NY
Elegant pair brass and crystal lamps by Stiffel Lamp Co. Hollywood Regency, Art Deco Revival style. Clean, original, working condition, shades not included. Height to top of socket 25".
Category

1970s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Stiffel

Materials

Crystal, Brass

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Stiffel Sellers

Assemblage Ltd.
5.0
Soho Treasures
4.7
Barbarella Home
4.8
Le Deco Style
5.0
Iconic Design Gallery, Inc.
4.9
Interesting Things LLC
4.4
Connors Roth
5.0

Stiffel furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Stiffel furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. In our Stiffel collection, there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are currently 146 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original furniture by Stiffel were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by The Marbro Lamp Company, Marshall Studios and Chapman Manufacturing Company. Stiffel furniture prices can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $375 and tops out at $7,750, while pieces like these can sell for $1,845.
Questions About Stiffel
  • 1stDibs ExpertFebruary 22, 2021
    No, Stiffel lamps are not extremely valuable. These lamps typically sell for anywhere between $100 and $500. These lamps are high quality, however, and will last a lifetime.

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