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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Lamp Love

I've been wanting an antique lamp for my kitchen desk
for quite a while now but they always seem to go
out of my price range at the auctions.
Yesterday I spied this pretty lamp.
She was an oil lamp originally, but had been converted to electricity.
I love the shape, colors and lovely hand painted flowers.


She was filthy, so she had a bath in the kitchen sink.


I think the only thing I want to do is get a glass chimney for her.
It's not necessary, but I think a couple inches
of one sticking out the top would complete the look.


Mr. Cardinal looked in an seemed to approve. ha.


Isn't she lovely?

And look at this one.  I like mine better!
And that one needs to be repaired.
Oh, and the price was waaaay better, too. ha.


77 comments:

  1. Lamp is gorgeous! I always love stuff like that! We have some "old" kerosene lamps that we've taken care of. I think they were from my grandparents house somewhere along the way. Nothing as pretty as this one though. And I can't believe I'm FIRST again... It's been a while.

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    1. We've had lots of the typical oil lamps at the auctions lately. The ones with the glass base and the chimney..not converted. They run between $80 and $130, depending on details, etc. Hang onto yours! But knowing you, you sentimental guy, I don't need to tell you that! ha.

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    2. So true, my dear, so true! I kicked myself all the time for things I've had along the way that are now gone forever. Sure wish I had a whole lot of my grandparents things, but alas, most of those are gone as well. YEP... just an old sentimental guy!!

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    3. Old stuff is just better, isn't it? I think that every birthday, too. ha.

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  2. Lovely. Does yours have a bulb in the bottom, as well? I inherited one almost exactly like yours, and have moved it from our bedside to the "old-fashioned" guest room, so keep forgetting to put a bulb in there. If I can remember how.

    And a chimney would be the crowning touch.

    rachel

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    1. No, it doesn't have a bulb in the bottom. It's still the old kerosene tank. It would be nice if both of them lit, but it's not to be. Yes, I think I need a chimney to finish it off. I bet yours looks great in a guest room!

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  3. Like the new header

    I think you have a 'spiffing' bargain!! Looks really great and very classy as I would expect from the lassy with the classy chasis lol
    I like your's better than the Victorian lamp with the huge price tag. You'd have to be a bloated plutocrat to buy that!!!
    Isn't there a risk that Slate or Grey will knock it over? . . . . . we don't use the word 'spiffing' much these days LOL

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    1. That's Mr. Wren in the header. Tiny, fast moving and LOUD! haha.

      I love the word spiffing! So English. And it's fun to say, too!
      I think my lamp is much prettier than the ebay one!
      I don't think the cats will knock it over. They've never knocked a lamp before, and this one is fairly heavy on the bottom so it
      won't tip easily. The other 13 might, but not Slate or Grey. Kidding! lol....

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    2. Well, you can always say "wizard!" if you think "spiffing" is outdated.

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    3. That one is funny, too. Well, at least to me. But you do have me saying it! I'm sure my accent is altogether horrid, though.

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    4. Something else old Brits might have said is "Frightfully grand!" but we are not quite as toffee nosed as that these days!! . . . but very cute of course! lol

      Yes I really think we should call you 'Betsy Florence Nightingale', the lady of the lamp!
      And yes no woder that poor wren seems clapped out. His Mrs keeps him up to at least 3am making three houses and she doesn't like any of them, orders him to knock it down and then to build another one!! If I could see a little bubble speech he would be saying, "Women!" lol

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    5. Frightfully grand....love it!

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    6. Oh! Jolly Hockey Sticks!! . . . . that's another!

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    7. haha..well, that doesn't sound nearly as posh. lol...

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  4. Oh I love it..I think the chimney will really add to the beauty. We had one similar that I gave to a daughter, that had a nightlight bulb in the bottom. It's so delicate with the soft painted flowers. I like it a lot better than the one on ebay.

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    1. Guess what...speaking of lamps. Going through the garage I found another lamp of Don's mom's that I will clean up and take. Forgot it was in the garage. It's a table lamp with shade, but hand painted with handles. It needs a new shade, but plan to put it in our bedroom when we move.

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    2. I grew up with a double globe lamp like you're describing with a night light in the bottom. They are pretty and would be considered vintage now! ha. This converted one is from the 1800's, though. I just need that chimney now!

      How fun you found that lamp in your garage!

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  5. As Eddie said, you will have to be careful of the cats with a lamp like that. I had a beautiful one many years ago and put it on the coffee table to show it off and Sooty, my old cat, jumped up and knocked it over, smashing it into tiny bits!

    I must admit I've never see one here quite like that, it's lovely. Shame it's been converted, it would have been useful in it's original condition in case you have a power outage any time.

    I have my eye on a really nice oil lamp (original, not converted) in an antique shop at the moment. The price tag is £150 ($251). It's been there for over a year so I offered £50 ($84) for it. The owner is currently thinking about my offer.

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    1. If one of my cats breaks it, I'm sending it to you! (the cat, not the lamp!) ha. If you could see how heavy the base is, I think that would put you to ease. It will not knock over easily. But it is lovely, isn't it? And since it's electric, I can use it every day without fear of flames.

      Good luck on the lamp! It sound right spiffing to me! If he turned down your offer, that just would not be cricket!

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    2. or 'rugger' . . . . . . a posh Brit wird for rugby, you know the game we play without all the armour you lot use in your version, which makes you look like a swarm of locusts!!! ROFL

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    3. Now, now Eddie. That was not nice. Consider yourself reprimanded.

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    4. ...and report to my study after class!

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    5. OK slapped wrists! But don't you think they look like locusts? ROFL

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    6. I think Betsy has gone to make and serve dinner.

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    7. Glad to see the conversation continues without me. ha. I always thought your rugby was like our soccer instead of our football.

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    8. No our National game is Soccer which we call football. But we have another very rough game called rugby, a game were players pick up the ball and run like hell and tackle each other and get all messy and muddy! I used to play it!! Loved it. But we can'y understand you American Football game at all - don't understand the rules!! I think you said you were a lovely cheer leader!

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    9. Well, don't feel bad. I don't understand our football, either! haha. I cheered for soccer and basketball. Eons ago. ;)
      I can see you playing rugby!

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    10. We said the difference was:
      One is a gentleman's game played by thugs and one is a thug's game played by gentlemen! LOL

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    11. And you know I must ask...were you a gentleman or a thug? lol....

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    12. A gentleman of course!! How would you doubt that! . . . but I played a thug's game, rugby! lol

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  6. What a find! I really like your and after seeing the ebay one, I wonder what it's worth!

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    1. I'm curious, too! I think mine is older and in better condition. And much prettier! And I only paid $50.

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    1. And I am so happy that I'm neither one of you! Aren't we all? ha.

      Yes, Kathy! During the auction before we got to that piece, I kept eyeing it and thinking, "Oh, that is SO me! I must have it!"

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    2. Ahhh! I see! Kathy missed a word out!! and compleyely threw Keith and I. "Oh, It's SO you!"

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    3. I took it wrong at first, too! haha...but then I figured out what she was saying. lol...

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    4. You are more intelligent than Keith . . . . . . . . and me! LOL

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    5. You made a comment to say "NO comment". How much wine did you have at dinner?

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    6. I suppose saying no comment is a little redundant, isn't it!

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    7. Clever Keith!! A comment made to say "no comment!"

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  8. Off topic. Just read that Blogger and Wordpress have reached an agreement over the interchangeability of comments on their blogs. Somebody has woken up at last!

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    1. Well, it's about time! Why that had to be an issue at all is beyond me!

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    2. I think one of them (I know not which) is trying to take over the other.

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    3. Seems like Blogger, being owned by Google would be bigger than Wordpress. Can't imagine Wordpress taking over Blogger, but who knows!

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  9. I love your lamp is absolutely beautiful .I love this type of lamp Betsy.yours is georgeous!

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  10. So very pretty; I am envious of your great find! Beautiful photos, especially the last one.

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    1. It's perfect...I even wanted a green lamp!

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  11. Looks like you've made another great find!

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    1. This one is not going in the shop! ha.

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  12. It is beautiful. The flu will make it complete. I have one that I had bought for my mom back in 1973. It is mine now since I was the only brother to clear the house and settle the estate.

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    1. Well, how nice that it's yours now! Is it electric?

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  13. Holy Cow! That lamp is expensive! Yours is a beauty!

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    1. Seems a little crazy, doesn't it? ha.

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  14. The lamp sure fits your zoo
    All flowery in view
    And when mr cardinal approves it
    You know it is a hit

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    1. lovely things I like
      subtle, without much hype.
      they must be clean, too...
      but that you knew!

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  15. Its so elegant and beautiful..and the header too..

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    1. I love that wren when he comes by! He is so loud, you can hear him on the other side of the neighborhood!

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  16. Love the new header. And lovely lamp - what a find. I agree - I think the addition of a chimney would be perfect. And the one on eBay for the big bucks? I don't even really like it.

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    1. I don't like it either! I wonder if it is worth that much or if someone has it over priced.

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  17. Hi Betsy .. just stunning - no wonder you rescued Mrs Lamp - she'll do you well .. so pleased Mrs Lamp came to light! Also all your photos and headers are so lovely .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Thank you...I really am enjoying learning my new camera! And I'm enjoying the lamp, too. She's making my desk look more classy. Ha.

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  18. ah it is very pretty...love the painted globe...
    nice score bets...and glad you could scratch that want off the list...
    smiles.

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    1. I know! So nice to find something I needed...and a beautiful one at that.

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  19. It seems to have such a beautiful glow too - I bet it's pretty in the evening.

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    1. I did enjoy using it last night. But I think I prefer it unlit and during the day. I keep looking at it today and enjoying it. :)

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  20. Oh sooo pretty and cheerful, Betsy! I am still handicapped with my right arm and I am not allowed to type. Ha. But I will leave you at least all my best wishes for a happy Sunday! - And thank you for paying visits to my fb page now and then. I am always glad to see your name there!
    Love Christel

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    1. Poor you and your arm! You could always type one handed. ha. A bit slow, but it can be done. I always enjoy your facebook entries...gorgeous things. Loved the sheep yesterday!

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    2. Yes, you are perfectly right! And I do it one handed. But it gets on my nerve and now my left arm started to rebel, too...But I am grateful, it's nothing worse...

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  21. What a gorgeous lamp Betsy, and you can't beat the price !
    I had one that looked similar, you could turn the top on for full light, or the bottom for a night light, or both if you needed.
    Yes, do get a glass chimney, it will complete her beauty.
    ~Jo

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