The Aladdin G25 boudoir lamps are a delicate design with a spindle body that is hollow for the cord to go through. Earlier lamps have cords that go on the outside of the body of the lamp. The old formula Alacite glows bright green when lit with a black light. The base is small, just 3.5″ and stand just 16.5″ tall. The shades are a very rare, matched pair, original Aladdin shades. They shades take on two different looks with the light on and off – stunning combination – surely a “pair-of-a-kind.” Shades like these cannot be duplicated these days – people try, but nothing matches the quality of these shades made in the 40’s.
When there lamps were found they were tucked away on the shelf of an Aladdin collector. They gathered dust but were not used – what a find! Notice the push thru sockets – they are the rare kind that have red on one side of the button and black on the other. The interiors of the sockets are made of copper, the ones manufactured today do not come close to the quality of these sockets, so we refurbish them. Valuable lamps and shades should use LED bulbs only. After trying various wattages – we found that the 4.5 watt LED (40 watt equivalent) made the shades look the best. These lamps are for mood lighting only, so selecting just the right output of lumens is important to the overall look. The bulb size is A19 – which is also important as that size ensures the shades fit correctly. Another Aladdin boudoir pair of vintage lamps rehomed.
What does “restored” mean? That means Cindee Moore and Sherry Bockwinkel, original owners of Tacoma Lamp Repair, have professionally cleaned, rewired and completed all necessary repairs to the lighting fixture to make it safe for use in your home. Cindee is the daughter of a firefighter and knows how important it is to wire these vintage pieces right. Below is a ceiling mount wedding chandelier we found and restored for one of our favorite clients.
Vintage ceiling mount wedding chandeliers are timeless treasures that we are always on the hunt for. Over the years Cindee and Sherry have restored many for customers – recently finding and selling a couple. Finding these small chandeliers is the hard part. Rewiring them is the tricky part as finding the right vintage sockets to match the period of the piece is so important. Oftentimes these pieces from the 30’s have been rewired, or an attempt has been made, resulting in the loss of the original socket. Not to worry, we have a stash for our clients. Maintaining the integrity of the piece with appropriate vintage parts is all part of the service we provide. Visiting our iconic purple building on Tacoma Avenue S can provide clients a close inspection of the outstanding quality of the merchandise in the shop for sale. Some pieces need to be restored yet, not to worry – that can be done in a couple of weeks. This particular crystal chandelier was made in Sweden. The crystals shine brilliantly because they are very old and older crystals contain more lead, making them shine brighter than newer crystal prisms.