Burn mark on vintage lamp shade

tuesday_2008October 31, 2011

I am looking at a vintage Frederick Cooper lamp at my local antique mall, good price. The shade is fabric, clean, but does have some "burn" marks, typical of older lamp shades from the heat of the bulb. Has anyone had any success in cleaning or camouflaging these type of burn marks? I would prefer not to replace as it is original.

Suggestions anyone??


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Depends on how badly damaged the fabric is.....but generally....not much of a chance to remove a scorch.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2011 at 12:17PM
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Agreed. You may want to remove it and store it and use a reproduction. It may be vintage but may not be original anyway. I had replaced a shade on a 20s-30s floor lamp I rewired, and the new one scorched. That tells me the fit wasn't really good bringing the fabric too close to the bulb. This may have been the case, or not. Some shades are relatively easy to fabricate a sleeve to slip over the orginal in a darker fabric or material, but really it cuts down the light flow into the room. I've replaced the bulbs in my lamp with CFLs and it's not the issue it was with incandescents, but I still think of safety issues if I leave one burning for hours and not around. I'd rethink the shade if that's an issue.

    Bookmark   October 31, 2011 at 1:02PM
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