Sadly, nothing lasts forever, so when it comes to antique table lamps, it's reassuring to know that most of the time your lamp can be fixed by acquiring some specialist antique light parts. Don't feel like you have to sell or throw your antique table lamp in the bin if it stops working - get online and start looking for the spares you need to fix it and restore it to working condition.
Every lamp is different - so there's no guarantee you'll be able to fix yours, but by taking it to a specialist antiques dealer, they should be able to tell you if it's repairable, and how much it will cost. Strangely, the most expensive part of getting your antique lamp fixed is, usually, the labour - it costs for someone to repair it. If that's the case, why not source your own antique lamp parts and do-it-yourself with a tutorial from an antiques magazine or the internet?
It might be the case that your lamp is so old getting parts is impossible, or it might be the case that you have to buy another lamp: the same to strip down and use for parts. However, where there's a will - there's a way, so don't fret, because getting your lamp fixed is possible, it just depends on how much you're willing to pay - and, obviously, whether it's economical or not. If it's going to cost twice, as much as the lamp is worth to fix it, you might be better off selling it and looking for a new one.
For those in the antique lights repair business, you'll know just how much money can be made. Faulty lamps can be bought cheaply at car boots and at clearance auctions - it can take a matter of minutes, or, sometimes, a matter of days. before the lamp is fixed, then ready to sell on again - as working. There is a lot of profit to be made, but it requires specialist skills - so it's not an endeavour you should embark on without the necessary know-how.
Check out the adverts at the back of antiques magazines, they're a great place to start looking for antique table lamp parts. Failing that, a quick internet search is always a good bet. If you have no luck, then you should speak to a specialist, who will, no doubt, have a stock of replacement parts at their disposal.
Don't give up hope on your broken lamp until you've exhausted all possibility of acquiring the replacement antique lamp parts required to fix it.