Behind the Scenes in Conservation: 1920's desk lamps designed by Joseph Urban

by Conservation

5/30/2019

Joseph Urban , 1920s desk lamps , behind the scenes , conservation

This week the objects conservator is working on an unusual project requiring the skills of an electrician. There are no original working parts to these lamps so in order for them to be displayed lit they need new wires, sockets, and lightbulbs. The challenge with these lamps is getting a wire through the very skinny bent brass stand.

We consulted an electrician to find a wire that was thin enough to fit through the stand and with enough power to safely light the bulb without overloading. We also chose to use an LED lightbulb as it draws much less power than an incandescent bulb and will be safer to use with the thin wire that was needed. Soon these lamps will once again be in working order.