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O.C. White Lamp Restoration

We recently picked up this antique piece hoping to restore it to a working industrial modern table lamp. The O.C. White company is still in business, founded over 100 years ago by a dentist who used his tool making skills to construct his own work lights. The highly adjustable designs made their way into the […] → Continue Reading O.C. White Lamp Restoration

Stairwell Fixture Built and Installed

This past winter I had the opportunity to tour the Purcell-Cutts house, a Prairie School home in Minneapolis that is now preserved and maintained by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Inspired by one of the original light fixtures in the house’s stairwell, I decided to build a replica using raw brass parts and vintage wiring. […] → Continue Reading Stairwell Fixture Built and Installed

Patina: Tiffany Student Lamp Base Replica

About a year ago, I stumbled upon two lamp bases in a local antique store. According to the store owner, these were replicas made to look like actual Tiffany lamps. Antiques in their own right, such bases are rare today, even though they are not actual Tiffany. Close examination of the detail and a comparison […] → Continue Reading Patina: Tiffany Student Lamp Base Replica

Minature Acorn Shade

One of the many geometric designs created by Tiffany Studios was the Acorn, or Vine Border shade as it was called in original price guides. This shade is popular for its simple design because it matches virtually any decor. In this example, I have adapted a simple 7-inch geometric dome to carry the “acorn” border. […] → Continue Reading Minature Acorn Shade

Studio Hanson Featured in the Villager Newspaper!

There I am on the cover of The Villager, peering proudly through one of my first restoration projects, the Secretary Cabinet Window. The Villager dedicated two pages to the article written by Frank Jossi which gives a nice overview of some of my work. Several great photos taken by Brad Stauffer also appeared in the […] → Continue Reading Studio Hanson Featured in the Villager Newspaper!

Newer Dragonfly Heat Cap Failure

This dragonfly shade suffered from an improperly attached heat cap. Sometimes called a “cold” solder, the cap was never fully attached, probably because it had been patinated (colored) before it was attached. Disaster was averted when the owner realized repairs were necessary. The cap was carefully removed and the top row of glass cleaned of […] → Continue Reading Newer Dragonfly Heat Cap Failure

Deco Emerson Fan Restored–SOLD

I was running an eBay auction for the studio-restored Emerson desk fan. The auction has ended, but you can still see in the images what a great item it was! What’s the big deal about a desk fan? Emerson desk fans are widely regarded as perhaps the best ever made. Their slogan, “Built To Last” […] → Continue Reading Deco Emerson Fan Restored–SOLD

Slag Glass Shade Aperture Replacement

First, the original aperture had to be removed. Then, a new cap was built from scratch using steel rebar and copper. Finally, the new cap was positioned and soldered to the existing framing members. With wires to reinforce the new cap down the edges of the shade, the new aperture is stronger than ever.

Antique Shade Aperture Repair

Although the cap may have once stood proud and tall, the undulating brass was not the problem. This shades upper aperture ring was pulling loose and had it been placed upon a lamp base it would have pulled completely through. It is a great example of the need for proper reinforcement. After carefully removing the […] → Continue Reading Antique Shade Aperture Repair

Adjustable Student Lamp

The term “student lamp” usually refers to oil-burning lamps that became popular in the early 1800’s. They were typically made of brass and appeared in both single and double burner models. Oil was stored in a reservoir on one arm to counterbalance a burner and glass shade on an opposite arm. They were popular as […] → Continue Reading Adjustable Student Lamp