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I have a house built in the 1870,s , and I wish I could get. More if those type of fixtures.
New sockets and rewire your good.
Sometimes you have to get creative with mounting on the new boxes.
But worth the effort!
Antique fixtures with updated elect ... People love this stuff especially knowing a electrician did all the work.
Should of said some people love this type of stuff.
 

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I love old fixtures like that, I have a hobby where I buy them at garage sales or get them from dumpsters in old parts of town when yuppies remodel old houses. I clean off the layers of paint, re-wire them and sell them on Craigslist. I typically get dozens of people asking about each one. I have one contractor who specializes in rework in old Victorians and he tries to get everything I can get.

One thing to be careful of is that some of the really old ones had asbestos coated wire and when you pull it out, it's all dry and flaking off. Wear a dust mask and put it in a sealed bag to dispose of it.
 

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I'm always asked to rebuild old fixtures, and there are a few sites that sell all the antiquated retrofit parts.

My ahj sez he's a UL field rep too!

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Those old fixtures are worth a small fortune to the right buyer.

Just like original doors, original knobs, etc.

To the right buyer.

Especially people who restore these old homes. I know my wife has spent upwards of 300 bucks on a single glass shade.

She had 8, and needed an exact match to make all the formal fixtures identical. To us, it was worth it.

To people who do not know, they end up in the trash.:(
 

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Looks like I'll be saving them then. Theres 4 of them to take down. He was kidding when he asked me. I thought he was serious.
 

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Those fixtures sell for a ton on eBay.

Some towns have lamp repair stores that will rewire and replace the sockets inexpensively, if you dont want to do it yourself.
 

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Why cant you use the existing canopy, but an updated mounting bracket? The canopy is part of the look and value.
 

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Why cant you use the existing canopy, but an updated mounting bracket? The canopy is part of the look and value.
hey, if that canopy will cover a modern outlet box, then there is no need to change it. Usually I have found that they dont cover even a 3" round box.
 

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Other than the pain of re-wiring I love old lights. Most cities even have a couple places that sell them. They can go from as low as $50 to thousands for some nice chandeliers.

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What shame on the missing shade on that pearl shell lamp. A good glass blower might be able to duplicate one by using one of the good ones to make a mold, but matching the exact pearl color will be all but impossible and very expensive.
 
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