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    Posted: 16 Aug 2015 at 10:37am
This whole subject is currently filed under "no spare time" for me, but I'm very interested in some day learning to do some basic re-wiring and (wear-respectful) restoration on early 20th century electronics (particularly fans and lamps).

Anyone into this kind of thing care to suggest resources?  There's the AFCA forums for fans, but I've yet to find a similar resource for early industrial lamps.  My current (haw) knowledge of electronics and wiring is currently nil.

I'm also a huge fan of Toledo stools and chairs, and have a small collection going, so maybe this thread can be a place to discuss old housewares-type-stuff in general?  Hoping there's some other interested bros.


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I'm going to be re-wiring some old singer industrial sewing lamps this week.  I've done a few old lamps and fans.   It's pretty easy.  White on white and black on black.   Most didn't have a ground.   The bigger issue is the motors on fans.   Most are sealed and you have to break them to get in to oil them.   Old clocks are the same.  I've done a few.  You have to drill into it, and oil then solder the hole and rewire. 

There's about 3 places I've found that sell vintage (new wire) and the like.   I just usually cut down a cheap extension cord and use that, but I'm not going for show quality things, just things I can use.    
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Here's a few of my favorite bits around the shop...



Early Toledo stool, this hasa a threaded rod for height adjustment which I haven't seen often.  Feet are missing but replaced with some leather bits to keep the floor safe-ish.



Old Dietz mechanic's light, super bright spotlight on casters.  Not super useful but very cool.



'30s GE whiz with brass blades.  Arrived this morning and runs like a dream!



And my trusty Toledo chair, upon which I now sit.  Beautiful, strong, and super comfortable.  
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Doesn't seem like I caught much bro interest with this thread, but in case there are any silent appreciators, Clutch has a good special on industrial interiors that features some really beautiful storefronts in japan:

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certainly interested, though I have nothing to contribute.

My appreciation for old and or 'dead' things runs deep.

If you can get a copy of 'the better homes and gardens handyman book' it has a pretty general intro to re-wiring if i am remembering correctly. and a ton of other valuable information in that vein.  Some of it is outdated but the bulk of it timeproof.  They're fairly ubiquitous, truth be told I probably have 3 in storage.
I'll poke around and if I find a copy I'll send it North to you.

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Some of the lamp family, circa 1910-1930ish








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Model 1227 c1938 Anglepoise (Herbert Terry & Sons) by George Carwardine



Original everything even down to the grommets, it has only had a sympathetic re-wire

British lamp design at its very finest
Its sat on top of my mid-century wallnut and teak sideboard by Gunther Hoffstead for Uniflex
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This thread is one that could demonstrate the beauty of antique furnishings, and certainly something I love, but it’s not something I can contribute to practically (my only ‘vintage’ items are 30 year old Tolomeo lamps) other than post ‘stuff wot I like’ ... that Uniflex sideboard for example
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I'm a sucker for all things mid century  and i must agree with Duke, that sideboard looks like a humdinger.
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Anyone on here seen the 'Infinite Space' doc about the architect John Lautner?

If not it is well worth a watch, a lot of his work will be recognisable to any avid movie fans as his houses have appeared in 'The Big Lebowski', 'A Single Man' and 'Diamonds Are Forever.




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Originally posted by EaseDownTheRoad EaseDownTheRoad wrote:

I'm a sucker for all things mid century  and i must agree with Duke, that sideboard looks like a humdinger.
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