This is a wiring diagram for an antique floor lamp with 4 bulbs, one main bulb and 3 peripheral, and usually smaller bulbs. The main bulb threads into a standard socket with an integrated switch and the three peripheral bulbs are wired to a single switch. The secondary switch may have wires colored black, blue and red or, if it’s an old switch, other colors or texturing may be used to distinguish them.
The wiring in this diagram is for adding a new light fixture to a switched receptacle, i.e. one that is hot only when a switch is on. These are commonly used to turn a table or floor lamp on and off from a wall switch.
The plain wire is the hot. If the cord isn’t marked with a bead then the strands of wire will be different colors. In these cases the silver wire is the neutral and the brass colored wire is the hot. The plug on the lamp cord holds another clue to polarity with the wide prong being the neutral and the narrow one the hot. Older lamp cord will have prongs that are the same size. This is because polarity was not observed on electric lamps until the development of grounded circuits.
This diagram is similar to the one above, but the switch comes before the new light in the circuit. New cable is run from the receptacle to the new switch location and from there to the light location. The switch may also be added in the the same box with the receptacle as in the diagrams at this link, where the two are installed in a double-gang electrical box.