Printing rollers were used in the production of wallpaper in the 1800's. The roller on this lamp has a rare large and elegant hand carved design. Multiple rollers were used to create a finished print, so even though you may find other rollers/ lamps, it's rare to find one with such a large, important piece of the design.I think this example may also be older, possibly earlier than Victorian because the surface is carved wood, and because this one roller has a lot of the overall design on it. The earliest prints were made with only 4 rollers (so each roller had to hold a lot of the design), whereas late 1800's prints could be made with up to 20 rollers (so each of the 20 rollers may have been more plain, each holding a smaller fraction of the design). Wood is a golden brown color.
Very heavy hand carved wood seems to be oak. The lamp portion is fully functioning - you can see the lamp illuminated in photos.The roller sits on a wood base with felt bottom, and has a brass top. Total lamp height 29.5. Stain on wood base is worn from age. It looks nice and antique, but could be re-stained if desired. I cleaned/polished the base with wood oil, but did NOT touch the roller or brass top in case you prefer to leave some patina. ON REQUEST, I can clean the roller and/ or polish the brass before sending.
Brass top has some dark marks that may or may not be polishable. These have character and just look nice and antique, but please see photos. The roller has a light crack, which you can see in photos.
It does not look like damage - looks like it has always been there and fits with the overall character of the roller/ lamp. Please see photos as part of the description.
Antique items may have unspecified light, expected wear from normal age and use. Any more serious damage/ issues would be described in the above "condition" section.Message me if you have any questions about this item, and thank you for shopping!