Sunday, February 5, 2012

One lamp leaves, another one comes home

I know I said I was giving away the bedside lamp because I have too many lamps.  But now I have another one.



I found this Danish styled tulip lamp on etsy.com yesterday, and then I realized the seller is also here in Northern Virginia.  Any what she makes on her sales supports animals she rescues.  Win/win!  So I met her and picked up rescued the lamp this morning.  I live the perforated brass piece the bulb sits inside.  Not sure if this ever had a lampshade.  Anyone know or ever see one like this?



The push-button on/off switch is a nice detail.

The lamp functioned and didn't look too bad this way, but that crack would drive me nuts, so I figured a little glue was in order.  The hard part about gluing an area like this is it's hard to fit a clamp around it to get a good tight bond.  I'm hoping I'll be able to get it pretty tight and mask the crack with some touch up stain or some Howard's Restore-a-Finish.


It also had a couple of dents in this brass piece.  I'm going to try and press outward from the inside and try to at least minimize the size of the dents.


 Taking the lamp apart meant sacrificing the original felt base, but it had a hole in it anyway.  This way, I can clean the individual parts, make sure the wiring is good, and put it back together with a new cork base.


With the base mostly removed I could take apart the wiring, being careful to first take a photo to make sure I connect the wires correctly when I go to reassemble everything.

All I needed to take this apart was a small adjustable wrench to remove the nut at the base of the brass rod that forms the arm for the light fixture.  A couple of turns of the wrench and the nut is off.  Then I'm just carefully taking note of the pieces that come off next and the order they are in.



I'll finish this quick lamp project in the next post.  If you want more lamp repair stuff, see the Projects link in the right hand column or click here.



7 comments:

  1. I'd say this lovely lamp looks original as is and well worth the repairs! I seem to always have at least 3 or 4 lamps sitting in the wings waiting for my attention...

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    1. Agreed. I need to start selling some of these in my etsy store just to make room for new projects.

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  2. Hmmm...yes, it does kinda look like it could use some sort of further adornment upstairs doesn't it. It's hard to tell from the pic angle but there doesn't seem to be a lot of room between the spires. A tall skinny parchment shade? A glass shade that sits in dented brass bit and surrounds the perforated diffuser? Hard to say. Cool lamp! Interesting mystery.

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    1. I'll have to some web searches to try and find a comparable lamp. There isn't any sign if a shade ever being attached to the perforated diffuser.

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  3. Lamps are always coming and going huh? I sold two at swap meet last week, I imagine two more will be coming to me soon. I like this one that you found. The kidney shaped base is cool and the jaunty angle of the shade part. I know you will make it "shine" with your resto! What is the Etsy store you purchased it from? I'd like to check it out!

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    1. I meant to include a link to the seller in my post - just went back and added it, but here it is again http://www.etsy.com/shop/BlueFlirt

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