Back in June, 2014, I wrote about restoring a 1928 Sheaffer Lamp Deluxe. While I was working on that lamp, I bought another Amronlite desk lamp for parts. Amronlite made the Lamp Deluxe for Sheaffer, so many of the parts are interchangable. I was able to complete the restoration and the Lamp Deluxe has been in regular use on my desk.
That left the Amronlite parts lamp sitting on a shelf in my workshop, missing a shade and the part that supported the lamp socket, and after a while I began to feel guilty about its condition. I found the socket parts rather easily on ebay, but the shade was a problem – after all, getting its shade for the Lamp Deluxe was the primary reason for purchasing it in the first place.
A Google search showed me some stained glass shades that various people had made to replace missing originals. The original shades for these lamps were either metal or slag glass – green outside and white inside. I showed pictures of the stained glass shades to a friend who works in stained glass and she agreed to make one for me.
That turned out to be a rather difficult challenge because of the angles of the sides of the shade and also building in the strength to deal with its single point of support. But, after a couple of tries, Patricia presented me with a beautiful and functional shade.
That challenged me to finish the job, so I carefully cleaned the dirt of the ages off of the lamp, then gave it a light coat of museum quality wax to bring out what was left of its bronze shine. I used vintage reproduction cloth-covered lamp cord and a vintage style plug to rewire it, then added a 2mm foam pad to the bottom to protect surfaces. As a finishing touch, I replaced the pull chain with a vintage reproduction chain that features a small acorn as the decoration at the end.
I would like to fit a fountain pen base into the 3 x 3 inch opening in the base, but for now I have placed a Sengbusch inkwell there and laid a dip pen in the hooks at the front edge of the lamp base.
The lamp sits proudly on the secretary in our living room.
UPDATE: A further internet search turned up this picture of an Emeralite Partner Lamp with four Sengbusch inkwells. The owner claims that the inkwells are original to the lamp. Because of that, I now think that the Sengbusch inkwell that I just happened already to have may very well be the right thing for this lamp, so I’m leaving it as it is.