The Marble Lamp

August 18, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

   Losing Dad three months ago was not easy...but life goes on. Dad had a certain flair for historical things, he had an interest in old coins and old phones, the latter probably mainly because of his years at Edmonton Telephones.  I'd like to think that I've inherited some of that flair, and it has helped me to cope with losing him.

   I recently picked up a very old marble lamp from ebay.  I'm not entirely sure what made me bid on this thing, maybe just the fact the it was old and it looked like it could use a little 'love'.  Plus, I thought it would look good sitting next to Dad's bakelite rotary phone that I have sitting on one of my end tables.

The lamp arrives. 

 

As soon as I opened the box, I could smell the musty odor.  This thing must have been sitting in a barn for a long time.

 

Looks like this cord has seen better days.  It was an old cloth style cord, and boy did it stink. The cloth really held the odor in from whatever barn this thing was found.

 

Once I got the lamp home, it was time for deconstruction.  The old cord went straight into the garbage, there was no way I was going to plug that fire hazard in.

 

The marble on this lamp is all real.  Nothing synthetic or imitation about this, they knew how to make a good quality product back then.

 

Simple construction, but well built.  Whoever put this lamp together did a great job.

 

The components, ready for cleaning.

 

This marking was on the bottom of the base piece of marble.  Not sure what this is, maybe the manufacturer?

 

This number was on the bottom.  The strange thing is that it is printed in mirror reverse. 

 

The brass pieces, getting a polish with some metal cleaner.

 

Some new parts for the lamp, from www.grandbrass.com. 

 

And just for an added touch of authenticity, the new electrical cord was supplied by www.vintagewireandsupply.com .  This definitely gives this lamp the cool factor, and keeps  it authentic.

 

Things were kept a bit more modern looking on the inside, with modern wiring and marettes. 

 

The final project, complete with Edison 40w lightbulbs. 

 

 

 

The complete lamp, next to Dad's bakelite phone.

 

  The lamp, all lit up.  I don't know how old this lamp is, but I'm guessing it is about as old as the phone, probably around 75 years or so.  They both look great together, I hope to get many more years of use from both.


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