Reviving some circa 1930s gooseneck desk lamps

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Reviving some circa 1930s gooseneck desk lamps

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I picked up a pair of old industrial, gooseneck office desk lamps circa 1930s at an antique flea market for $15 last weekend. They needed to be cleaned and have their cords replaced. The great thing is you now can order new vintage-look, cloth-covered cords for only $7 on line.

I got one rewired today and put it on a table I made out of an old drawer to light an old mallard boot scrape.










Next up is this one, which has a scalloped base that reminded me of a Kosmic metal bait. That’s a lot of vintage for $7.50 plus a new cord.

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What a great idea! They came out really nice, Mike!
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Finished the scalloped lamp this evening. The new cloth covered cord would not fit through the hole in the lamp base so I had to bore it larger with a metal drill bit.


I like the old Edison-style lightbulbs.
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Outstanding restoration, love it. I am obsessed with changing to LED bulbs due to the energy savings. They make an Edison LED bulb now. I am down to 600 kWh/month (in non-air condition months) compared to 1000 kWh avg for my neighborhood, despite having an electric dryer.
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Wonderful! Very nice job. I recently purchased two similar restored goosenecks from a local antique shop. Not as nice a job as yours but passable and one is the lamp I work under on my mission oak reel-work desk.
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Paul,

Thanks. I picked up a third gooseneck lamp with ornamental base on eBay for $26 and after a bit of Kramer’s Best Antiques Restorer all-natural oil, got this result:

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I’ve used Kramer’s for a few years now on metal and wood to restore the luster to antiques. They advertise on the label “museum quality,” and I can see why,

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Mike,
Looks really nice! Have you tried that stuff on any sun bleached/UV dulled plastic yet? I wonder if the oil would bring back the original sheen.
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Thanks, Mike.
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Midway Tommy D wrote: Thu Dec 15, 2022 10:44 pm Mike,
Looks really nice! Have you tried that stuff on any sun bleached/UV dulled plastic yet? I wonder if the oil would bring back the original sheen.
Tommy,

I used some Kramer’s on these old tobacco pipes. It rejuvenated the wooden bowls, but so-so results on the oxidation on the vulcanite/Ebonite pipe stems (recommendations for removing the oxidation range from soaking in OxyClean to Magic Eraser or fine grit sandpaper). I will try Kramer’s on some UV dulled plastic. Good idea.

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I was given one 70 years ago as a boy and it is still going strong. The lesson is quickly learned however not to touch that metal shade as it gets really hot after being on for a while.--LOL
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Nice job Mike, I also use a couple in a display case. They need to be rewired but being a retired electrician it’s not high on my list. I use LED lamps, keeps the heat down and easy on the old wire!
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