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October 10, 2018

The Lustrous Lamp

By Julia

When I was a kid, my dad had this amazing lamp on his desk in his office. I loved the decorative wire supports, the stitched shade, and the atomic-looking “dots” on the base. He had some photos tucked into the supports and a little magnet on the base. When my dad downsized his office, he didn’t have a place for the lamp. Of course, I snapped it up. It has been in every house and apartment I’ve lived in since. My husband and I had it rewired recently to improve safety and now the lamp resides in our living room.

My dad’s lamp is not as ostentatious as our de-light-ful lamp, but I adore it nonetheless.

The fiberglass shade has classic midcentury stitching along the top and bottom. I think it lets exactly the right amount of light through.

The lamp has always been compatible with a three-way bulb; thankfully, the rewire project left that intact. We trusted a professional for the rewiring of the lamp.

The circular base of the lamp reminds me of atoms in an orbit. Although my dad’s personal touches are long gone, I have fond memories of where they used to sit. The base also has a lovely patina and shines when it catches the light.

How about you, dear readers? Do any of you have any family heirloom lamps with fond memories?

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4 Responses to The Lustrous Lamp

  1. Barbara Grandy Reply

    October 10, 2018 at 5:53 pm

    I love that lamp. It was so cool and still is. Glad you are enjoying it.

    • Julia Reply

      October 14, 2018 at 3:12 pm


  2. Alex Reply

    October 11, 2018 at 5:36 am

    Great lamp! Love the base in particular. I do have a couple of Dazor saucer lamps but they are ones I bought so not heirlooms. Just had the switch in one replaced. Gotta keep ’em healthy!

    • Julia Reply

      October 14, 2018 at 3:13 pm


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