I know it's a lamp, but....

Gilroy, CA(Zone 9b)

I think its a wall mounted unit, my wife thinks or uses it as a table lamp.
It's about 60 - 70 yrs old. The shade is in ok shape,but the stiching is coming loose.

Where do I get this restored?

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Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

Looks like an old desk lamp if the metal part swings down? Great lamp! That is a very common problem with those old fiberglass shades. The plastic stitching gets brittle and breaks. I have a green wall-mount lamp withe the same type of shade that wants to do the same thing. Difficult to know where to go for a repair unless you can find some flat cord and do it yourself. Leather cord or strapping might be an alternative.

Maybe eBay or Etsy ...
http://www.etsy.com/listing/82653773/vintage-lanyard-flat-plastic-cord-30-yds

Gilroy, CA(Zone 9b)

Cool, So is my guess about the 60-70 yrs old range correct? and Yes.. the lamp swivels in two places: at the knuckle you can see in the picture and also there is a knuckle behind the shade.

I'm gonna take some polish to the metal finish and restore it, but I am having a difficult time finding an original shade. You link was helpfull , but being that my wife is fondly attached to the piece. I wanna restore it to its original condition if possible.

I have a ton of antique resources here in Gilroy and nearby Moss Landing. I am pretty confident I can find a restoration place or leads from them... UNLESS ANYBODY WANTS TO CHIME IN....

and one more question... Is this lamp worth anything? (meaning insurance value)

Clarksville, TN(Zone 6b)

Yes, approximately 60 years old. Those types of shades were particularly popular in the '50s and '60s. Probably not worth insuring although it does have some value. If you have a lot of resources where you live, perhaps you can find someone to restore it. Especially if you can locate a place that deals mainly in Mid-Century pieces or Retro/Vintage. I wouldn't be able to here ... sort of on my own with those things. Much success and would love to see it when it is restored. ^_^

Dover AFB, DE(Zone 7a)

I bought some of that lacing in a craft store (15 years ago) and re-laced mine myself. It was easy to do while watching TV.

BROOKFIELD, Australia

Quote from Cville_Gardener :
Looks like an old desk lamp if the metal part swings down? Great lamp! That is a very common problem with those old fiberglass shades. The plastic stitching gets brittle and breaks. I have a green wall-mount lamp withe the same type of shade that wants to do the same thing. Difficult to know where to go for a repair unless you can find some flat cord and do it yourself. Leather cord or strapping might be an alternative.

Maybe eBay or Etsy ...
http://www.etsy.com/listing/82653773/vintage-lanyard-flat-plastic-cord-30-yds


Check out: http://www.patturnstudio.com.au

They have some great ideas on lampshades and may be able to do a new one for you?

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