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Stiffel Lighting

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.

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Creator: 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 Lighting

Materials

Brass

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 Lighting

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...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

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 Lighting

Materials

Crystal, Brass

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 Lighting

Materials

Brass, Metal

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...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass, Enamel

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.  
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Mid-20th Century American Regency Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

Elegant Floriform Lamps by Stiffel
By Stiffel
Located in Atlanta, GA
Elegant Floriform Lamps, designed for the Stiffel Company, American, circa 1950s. The price noted in this listing is for all three lamps and shades. We will separate the group, pleas...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stiffel Lighting

Materials

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 Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of Nickel Stiffel Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Palm Springs, CA
A pair of Mid Century Stiffel lamps newly plated in nickel and rewired with French braid wire. in the style of Tommi Parzinger.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Nickel

Stiffel Brass Lamp
By Stiffel
Located in New York, NY
Stiffel brass bamboo style table lamp. Stiffel brass table lamp having a shape simulating Bamboo. Very good condition. Having a three way switch. Quality made solid brass table lamp ...
Category

1960s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of Hollywood Regency Polished Nickel Lamps by Stiffel
By Stiffel
Located in New York, NY
Stately pair of polished nickel stylized urn form lamps with Greek Key patterned bases, Designed by Stiffel. Shades not included.
Category

20th Century American Hollywood Regency Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Nickel

Hollywood Regency Lenox Porcelain and Brass Stiffel Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Pair of gorgeous Hollywood Regency Stiffel lamps with a Lenox porcelain vase form body and featuring a classic brass leafed pineapple spacer and pedestal. Original long brass torchie...
Category

20th Century American Hollywood Regency Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Porcelain

Brass and Ceramic Stiffel Lamp, 1960s, USA
By Stiffel
Located in Miami, FL
Monumental blue ceramic and brass lamp by Stiffel.
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stiffel Lighting

Vintage Brass Stiffel Column Table Lamps with Drum Shades, Pair
By Stiffel
Located in Miami, FL
Vintage Brass Stiffel column table lamps with drum shades, pair Offered for sale is a substantial pair of 1980s vintage brass Stiffel column lamps. These classical elegant lamps a...
Category

Late 20th Century Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pr. Stiffel Ostrich Egg Table Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in New York, NY
Pr elegant and impressive Ostrich Egg table lamps by noted American maker, Stiffel. The lamps are both in excellent, clean, working condition, included are the original milk glass di...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Metal

Tommi Parzinger for Stiffel Modernist Brass Ball Lamps Mid-Century Modern
By Tommi Parzinger, Stiffel
Located in North Miami, FL
These fabulous newly brass-plated Tommi Parzinger for Stiffel Lamp Co. pair of Mid-Century Modernist ball lamps are timeless. They are from the late 1950s or early 1960s. They have b...
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass, Steel

1960s Stiffel Brass & Black Metal Table Lamps, Pair
By Stiffel
Located in Amherst, NH
Vintage 1960s pair of Stiffel brass and black metal table lamps. The lamps have the original finials and can use a 3-way 150W bulb. Wired for the US and in working condition. Measure...
Category

Mid-20th Century Mid-Century Modern Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Pair of Stiffel White Crackle Glazed Ceramic and Brass Table Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of heavy bodied, white craquelure glazed ceramic table lamps. Patinated brass appointments from the best days of American premier lighting company, Stiffel. Sold sans shades.
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

Stiffel Brass Torchiere Floor Lamp
By Stiffel
Located in Crockett, CA
Unusual brass Stiffel torchiere floor lamp with a white glass shade that measures 14 1/2" diameter and 4 3/4" in height. The base of the lamp is reminiscent of a flower petal and is ...
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Pair of 1960s Blue Ceramic and Brass Stiffel Lamps in Asian Modern Style
By Stiffel
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Pair of 1960s lamps with ceramic gourd forms and brass fittings. Deep cobalt blue crackle glaze. Note white reflections of lights in photos are not loses to the finish but instead th...
Category

1960s American Hollywood Regency Vintage Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of Chrome Lamps by the Stiffel Lamp Co.
By Stiffel
Located in Palm Springs, CA
Pair of chrome Stiffel lamps. These lamps were originally antique brass and we decided to redo them in a nickel finish. Great looking and heavy. They still have the finials which are...
Category

1960s American Vintage Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Steel

Gerald Thurston for Stiffel Mid Century Teak Table Lamp
By Gerald Thurston, Stiffel
Located in Countryside, IL
Gerald Thurston for Stiffel Mid Century Teak Table Lamp This piece measures: 6 wide x 6 deep x 28 inches high and weighs 4.7 pounds Great vintage condition with minor aging (vi...
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Metal

Stiffel Mid Century Brass and Walnut 2-Light Pull Chain Table Lamp
By Stiffel
Located in Countryside, IL
Stiffel Mid Century Brass and Walnut 2-Light Pull Chain Table Lamp This piece measures: 9 wide x 9 deep x 30 inches high and weighs 7.3 pounds Great vintage condition with some...
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pr. Faux Bamboo Brass Table Lamps by Stiffel
By Stiffel
Located in New York, NY
Stanley and impressive pair of faux bamboo, Hollywood regency, Campaign style table lamps by the noted American manufacturer, Stiffel. The lamps are in very good, original, clean and...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Campaign Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of Stiffel Brass Table Lamps & Shades Mid-Century Modern American 1990
By Stiffel
Located in Miami, FL
Pair of Modern polished Brass Stiffel Table Lamps Model Number 6163. They come with Harp, Finial and Shades. US rewiring, UL Listed and work with a regular or LED Light Bulb. Make...
Category

1990s American Modern Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

1960s Stiffel Table Lamps, Pair
By Stiffel
Located in Amherst, NH
Vintage Stiffel pair of brass table lamps with a leaf accent. The pair are wired for the US and in working condition. Uses standard three-way bulb. Socket, 27.75”H. Harp, 4.5” diamet...
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Tall Stiffel Tommi Parzinger Style Brass "Columns" Table Lamp
By Stiffel, Tommi Parzinger
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Stiffel Four Column Brass Table Lamp with Grasscloth Shade, often attributed to Tommi Parzinger. Featuring four Brass architectural squared columns rounding to base, atop a square B...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Pair of Stiffel Patinated Brass Table Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Pair of patinated solid brass baluster form 52" table lamps. Traditional Machine Age bases with flared section bodies that finish with a poppy flower bobeche. Lacquered ivory metal s...
Category

1960s American Vintage Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

Custom Finished, Stylized Bamboo Satin Brass Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in New York, NY
Pair of satin brass stylized bamboo column lamps with dual sockets and coral pull chains. Rewired for use in the USA with gold twist cords.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Coral, Brass

Brass Torchiere by Stiffel
By Stiffel
Located in New York, NY
Elegant brass uplight torchere floor lamp with solid brass base and fabric shade. The lamp features three sockets (standard screw in size) and a three way on/off switch allowing each...
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Stiffel Brass Tulip Shade Floor Lamp
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Brass stemmed and tulip shade torchiere with four arched legs.
Category

1950s American Vintage Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass, Metal

1970s Fabulous Double Cone Floor Lamp Patinated Brass Arched Star Base Stiffel
By Stiffel
Located in National City, CA
Floor lamp Fabulous piece modern vintage tall floor lamp by Stiffel, very rare model with four-star arched base and adjustable double shade cone. Measures: 53.5 tall x 21 width x ...
Category

1970s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

Stiffel Solid Brass Trophy Table Lamp, circa 1960s
By Stiffel
Located in Germantown, MD
Stiffel Solid brass trophy table lamp, Circa 1960s Measures 7" in diameter and 25.5" Tall to the top of the socket and 37" to the top of the current finial. Comes without shade. ...
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Pair of Stiffel Sputnik Table Lamps in Brass & Walnut
By Stiffel
Located in Phoenix, AZ
Pair of brass and walnut Sputnik table lamps by Stiffel, circa late 1950s. These fantastic examples have newly finished walnut bases with brass legs and accents. These have been newl...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

French Empire Style 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 ceramic fonts in white trimmed in gold. Bases are decorated with dentils on a square ba...
Category

Late 20th Century North American Empire Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

Gold Brass and Black Matte Enamel Table Lamps by Stiffle, Pair
By Stiffel
Located in New York, NY
A beautiful pair of tall table lamps by Stiffle in brass with black matte enamel accents and leaf detailing, circa mid-20th century. On/off switch conveniently located on front/cente...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass, Enamel

Pair of Stiffel Lamps After Parzinger
By Tommi Parzinger, Stiffel
Located in New York, NY
Pair of obelisk form table lamps made by Stiffel, designed in the style of Tommi Parzinger. These lamps are in excellent, original, clean and working condition. Original shades and s...
Category

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

Materials

Brass

Stiffel Large Chinoiserie Ceramic and Brass Dragon / Foo Dog Lamps by Edwin Cole
By Stiffel, Edwin Cole
Located in Saint Louis, MO
Large and stately Stiffel lamps by famed designer Edwin Cole, circa 1950s. We can't go anywhere with these lamps without a stranger stopping us to compliment them - the large, notice...
Category

1950s American Chinoiserie Vintage Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of Elegant Striped Ceramic Lamps by Stiffel
By Stiffel
Located in Atlanta, GA
Pair of elegant striped ceramic mid century lamps by Stiffel, American, circa 1960s. They have been rewired and are ready to use and the price noted includes the shades.
Category

1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Metal

Stffel Emerald Green Porcelain, Brass Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in New York, NY
Pair of chinoiserie inspired Emerald green crackle glazed porcelain lamps with satin brass hardware. Professionally rewired/plated for use in the USA. 75W bulbs max each socket.
Category

20th Century American Chinoiserie Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

Chic and Rare Pair of Midcentury Tiffany Blue Lamps with Original Shades
By Stiffel
Located in Buchanan, MI
Chic and rare pair of midcentury Tiffany blue lamps with original shades. Pristine condition, great scale and color. 35" to top of socket, shade measures 15" wide, 18.5" high. Feel ...
Category

20th Century Mid-Century Modern Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

Rare 1950s Stiffel Black Lacquer and Brass Suspension Table Lamp
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Rare 1950s Stiffel suspension table lamp. Four brass rods with ball finials support a black lacquered cup with internal light socket. Original off-white lacquered steel diffuser and ...
Category

1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Metal, Brass

Pair of Stiffel Crackle Glaze Ceramic and Brass Moorish Style Table Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Excellent pair of brass and ceramic bodied Moorish style table lamps by Stiffel. Ceramic bodies are a mottled sea foam green crackle glazed urn form. Brass flat plinth, incised cap a...
Category

1960s American Vintage Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

Traditional Brass Table Lamp by Stiffel
By Stiffel
Located in Copake Falls, NY
A traditional brass table lamp made by Stiffel. The central column is highly turned brass with a thick round beveled base. Above is a sleek cream column topped with opposing sockets....
Category

Late 20th Century American Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

Stiffel Jade Green Porcelain Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in New York, NY
Pair of Midcentury jade green glazed porcelain lamps with satin brass hardware. Lamps have been rewired for use in the USA, double cluster sockets can be height adjusted, each socket...
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of Stiffel Brass and Sage Porcelain Ostrich Egg Table Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Substantial pair of Stiffel polished brass and sage ceramic "ostrich egg" table lamps with original milk glass diffusers. Heavy cast brass square footed bases, spacers and stem. Bras...
Category

20th Century American Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

Elegant Pair of Stiffel Walnut and Brass Obelisk Table Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Chicago, IL
Architecturally inspired pair of table lamps by Stiffel. Four brass spheres atop a plinth base support a walnut obelisk-form body with horizontal incised and ebonized decoration. Sur...
Category

1950s American Vintage Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

Stiffel Italian Regency Large Porcelain Urn Brass Finish Tall Table Lamps, Pair
By Stiffel
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Vintage Stiffel Italian Hollywood Regency large porcelain urn brass finish tall table lamps - a pair. Item features white porcelain urn form bodies, brass plated accents, double ligh...
Category

Mid-20th Century North American Hollywood Regency Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Metal

Pair of Vintage Tommi Parzinger for Stiffel Modernist Brass Lamps
By Tommi Parzinger, Stiffel, James Mont
Located in Houston, TX
Iconic pair of 1960s modernist brass stacked ball lamps designed by Tommi Parzinger for Stiffel. These handsome large scale mid-century sculptural brass lamps have been newly wired w...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

Stiffel Blue Crackle Glaze TOTEM Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in New York, NY
Pair of large blue crackle glazed ceramic totem/pagoda lamps with satin brass hardware. Rewired for use in USA. 75W max each socket.
Category

20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

Federal Style American Eagle Lamp of Black Stone and Brass, by Stiffel
By Stiffel
Located in Oklahoma City, OK
A traditional American Eagle lamp by Stiffel. This lamp has a round black stone base decorated with art deco carvings. At the top just below the socket is an American Eagle in brass ...
Category

Mid-20th Century American American Classical Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Stone, Metal, Brass

Pair of Traditional Vintage Brass Gold Table Lamps by Stiffel
By Stiffel
Located in Spring Valley, CA
This is a beautiful pair of brass lamps by Stiffel. Such a gorgeous design. Spots of tarnish from age, but appropriate wear. Perfect table lamps to compliment any living space in you...
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1960s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

Stiffel Satin Brass Hollywood Regency Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in New York, NY
Pair of mid century satin brass large scale statement lamps by Stiffel. Lamps have been rewired for use in the USA with double cluster sockets. 75W max each bulb.
Category

Mid-20th Century American Hollywood Regency Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

Stiffel Emerald Porcelain Statement Lamps
By Edwin Cole, Stiffel
Located in New York, NY
Pair of impressive large scale porcelain lamps featuring an emerald green glaze body and heavy brass decorative elements. Lamps have been rewired for use in the USA using double clus...
Category

20th Century North American Hollywood Regency Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

Pair of Midcentury Green Glazed Pagoda Style Stiffel Lamps
By Stiffel
Located in Stamford, CT
Lucious green glaze on the these vintage pagoda style Stiffel Lamps. Top of the line Lamp Company.
Category

1960s Vintage Stiffel Lighting

Rare Brass and Glass Table Lamp by Raymond Loewy for Stiffel, Model #9659
By Raymond Loewy, Stiffel
Located in Brooklyn, NY
This extremely rare table lamp was designed by Raymond Loewy for Stiffel in 1957. This model (#9659) is only present in the 1957 Stiffel catalog and is therefore believed to have bee...
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1950s American Mid-Century Modern Vintage Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

Stiffel Hollywood Regency Table Lamp
By Stiffel
Located in Germantown, MD
Stiffel Hollywood Regency table lamp. CIRCA 1960S. Very good condition. Minor wear. Heavy brass. Gold and antique white / champaign. Measures 7" in diameter and 33" high to the top ...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Stiffel Lighting

Materials

Brass

Stiffel lighting for sale on 1stDibs

Stiffel lighting are available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are frequently made of metal and designed with extraordinary care. There are many options in our Stiffel lighting collection, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. There are currently 145 vintage editions of these items in stock, while there is also 0 modern edition to choose from. Many of the original lighting by Stiffel were created during the 20th century in Mid-Century Modern style in North America. Many customers also consider lighting by Marshall Studios, The Marbro Lamp Company, and Chapman Manufacturing Company. Prices for Stiffel lighting can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. The price for these items starts at US$375 and tops out at US$7,750, while pieces like these can sell for US$1,850 on average.
Questions About Stiffel Lighting
  • 1stDibs ExpertApril 5, 2022
    No, Stiffel lamps are not made in China. The Stiffel Lamp Company was founded in 1932 in Chicago and throughout its many years in business, they proudly still produce all their products in America. Browse a selection of Stiffel lamps on 1stDibs.
  • 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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