Aladdin lamp electrified, leave or revert?

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  1. 916Bulldogs123

    916Bulldogs123 Well-Known Member

    I bought this lamp. Aladdin Washington Drape.
    at my local thrift for $5.50. I was thinking to either leave as is and
    find a shade for it or revert it back to oil. I think it's probably worth the same either way. The electrical transformation looks very well done. I think it was one of those kits. Any thoughts would be appreciated.
    Mikey
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  2. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    If it were mine, I'd put a shade on it and enjoy.

    Debora
     
  3. clutteredcloset49

    clutteredcloset49 Well-Known Member

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  4. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    You know... I usually like to keep things traditional but apparently these lamps were mass produced and not of any great design import. This is a shade solution that gives it a bit more personality. Both a chimney and a shade and the shade is print. Of course, the goldtone a bit richer than silver but a good fabric choice could compensate for that as well as give the lamp more visual interest and presence.

    Debora

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  5. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    This isn't exactly right in design and scale but... Perhaps something in a black, white, grey, and/or silver palette that repeats fan shape on base. (Depends on one's home decor, of course.)

    Debora

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  6. 916Bulldogs123

    916Bulldogs123 Well-Known Member

    Nice lamp Debora.
    I'm going to keep it, at least for a while. Looks like the burner assembly is model b nickel plated like the shade holder. Not a problem finding one. I'll have to find a shade local. I won't pay more for shipping than an item cost.
    Thanks for all your input.
     
  7. Debora

    Debora Well-Known Member

    Just being a busy body. Suggestions you didn't ask for. Enjoy your lamp.

    Debora
     
  8. 916Bulldogs123

    916Bulldogs123 Well-Known Member

    I always appreciate you chiming in Debora. Never stop!
     
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  9. Iowa Jayhawk

    Iowa Jayhawk Well-Known Member

    I am a hopeless purist. I have probably 20 Aladdin's of all descriptions and none are electrified. Two were, but I changed them back. That being said, if you don't already have the parts on hand, it can get more expensive than what you have in it or could get out of it, so I would leave it.
     
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  10. William Seaby

    William Seaby New Member

    Easy to change back and forth. The electric "burner" screws off and an oil burner wick & mantle can be screwed in. You would need the complete burner and mantle, possibly a chimney and maybe a shade holder. We have 2 brass Aladdins in the bedroom and can switch them to oil in minutes if needed. Parts are available but can be pricey: burner (nickel plated) at $122, mantle $15, etc.
     
  11. Iowa Jayhawk

    Iowa Jayhawk Well-Known Member

    If you don't mind Ebay or Etsy, you can get your burner for around $40. If it has the flame diverter you don't even need a mantle, which are about $15 anywhere you look. Chimney about $20. Gets pricey if you have to buy things quickly.
     
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  12. Aquitaine

    Aquitaine Is What It IS! But NEVER BOARED!

    We've always kept a couple of old Kerosene (now oil) lamps around for just those rare occasions, and used to have a matched pair of the Aladdin lamps (metal) until a nephew had a raucous party!! (and then there was one---lamp, that is!) Easy enough to switch, but you've had enough advice!!!!!
     
  13. Iowa Jayhawk

    Iowa Jayhawk Well-Known Member

    Each Christmas Eve we turn off all the electrics and the whole house is lit with oil lamps, some Aladdin and some not. Makes for a very striking environment. I have 200+ lamps so my choices are endless.
     
  14. Iowa Jayhawk

    Iowa Jayhawk Well-Known Member

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