Monday, October 31, 2016

Repaired Antique Wall Sconces Get a New Chance on the Wall

A customer brought in these old and slightly rusted sconces the other day and said they belonged in an old house she was restoring. The previous owner had placed them in the basement and she wanted to bring them back to life.

Challenge accepted.

These sconces have a unique antique style pull chain fixture socket. No one makes these anymore and the ones on these sconces are in poor shape.

We are going to replace these pull chain fixture sockets with an on/off turn knob fixture socket.

Other lamp parts needed for this repair include: candle cover, lamp cord, and screws. For the finish, we are going to freshen up the paint a bit and leave some brass accents. First, we will need to disassemble the lamp. Two screws from the wall plate remove the arm. The bobeshe or dish is attached to the arm with a coupling. Once we have the wires removed from the socket we can start unscrewing the socket from the arm.

With the lamp apart, we can touch up the color and polish the brass. The screws connecting the arm to the wall plate are rusted and need replacing. Using the gauge on our crimping tool we can identify the size and thread pattern for the old screws.

Next, we work on the socket. We will need to measure the candle cover and cut a hole where the turn knob comes through the candle cover.

The sconce is reassembled.

We attach power to the cord and test with a bulb.

Once again to make the set.

These sconces are ready for display once again.

Total cost <$20.00 Total time < 3 hours


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