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Lamp Restoration Project – “Après La Classe” by Moreau

10:43 09 June in Crafts, Restoration by Thomas

So, after the lamps in the new bedroom[1,2], I guess I decided I needed a hobby.  While the bedroom  project was on-going, we had another project running at the house, Operation:  Clean the hell out of the Attic.  It was a successful project, one that yeilded some treasures here and there. One of the items we came across while sorting the boxes of stuff we pulled out was this old lamp. [singlepic id=24 w=320 h=240 float=] I wish I took one more before photo here.  What you see in that image was partially dusted.  It was initially covered in decades of dust and cobwebs worse that what you see here.  It was accompanied by a stem.  The original configuration, minus shade, looked like this: [singlepic id=22 w=320 h=240  float=] Written on a small plaque on the base is "Après La Classe".  Barely readable beneath that is the name Moreau.  I can only make that much out, but there seems to be a first initial or possibly 2, like L & F.  I ran a search on 'Après La Classe lamp'.  I found this first. [singlepic id=23 w=320 h=240 float=] That lamp sold $467, and I believe it to be original. My lamp is a bit different.  For one, its been neglected.  For as long as I have been back in NY, this has been sitting in the back of the house gathering dust and cobwebs.  To get a better idea of what restoration would require, I started cleaning. The process went like this. Dust like a madman. Apply a paste of baking soda...

Rebuilt light fixtures

17:49 09 May in Crafts, Home Improvements by Thomas

As part of the home improvement projects in the run up to the new baby, I rebuilt 2 light fixtures for our new master bedroom. Its hard to say how old they are.  They've been in the house my entire life.  Looking for lights like them, or alternate arms for them, proved useless.  The bases I think are tin.  The arms are brass, and quite ornate.  Pictured here is one left over light.  As you'll see, the socket is inverted in this one, unlike the other two. [singlepic id=7 w=320 h=240 float=center] And as is typical in this blasted house, we see the dreaded cloth covered wire.  At least unlike some of the other fixtures in the house it doesn't have cork insulation. So, we decided to paint them, and I decided while I was at it, I was going to replace the wires and sockets.  And what we ended up with is: [singlepic id=3 w=320 h=240 float=center] I think they turned out pretty well. Originally, they had brass tassle-shapped pieces hanging from the bottoms.  But alas, only one remained (I swear I've seen the second one about the house some where...