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JR PEARSON replied to JR PEARSON's discussion Markel light fixture
"Yes, medium base.  I've only seen flame lamps used in these, even in very old photographs.  A globe sounds like a good change -- might soften the "gothic" look. The base coat was called "antique brass…"
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Ken klemmer replied to JR PEARSON's discussion Markel light fixture
"I've not seen this particular model before, but I don't think it had a shade. Is there a medium base (about 1" dia) socket in the "cup"? It was probably meant to use a round G (globe) lamp. Not too big: use g19 or g25 You…"
JR PEARSON replied to JR PEARSON's discussion Markel light fixture
"Six months later . . . I refinished the fixtures using the two color method.  The result shown in the attached photo looks darker than it actually is.  It looks quite good, but would have been better had I a way to practice this technique…"
Elaine Cozort replied to John Barnes's discussion Looking For Lighting
"I am not really sure what you would call the chandeliers  a friend of mine has, but his house (in DeKalb, Illinois) is slated for demo and he has several chandeliers plus at least 8 original wall sconces.  He would love to see these things…"
Elaine Cozort posted a discussion

slated for demo

A good friend of mine has sold his early 1900's home to the city.  It will be demolished, possibly in about 2 weeks.  I took a tour of the house today (Oct. 10, 2015).  There are beautiful, original sconces on the walls, gorgeous original woodwork,…See More
Emily Soens replied to Emily Soens's discussion Arts and Craft Tile Restoration Advice ?
"Haldis, Thanks for the advice. I did try the cleaning with water/vinegar. Hope I washed it off well enough. I think the light wax sounds like a good option because - as you said - it's not like putting a permanent sealer on which could discolor…"
Scott Antique Market posted an event

Scott Antique Market at Atlanta Expo Centers

November 12, 2015 at 12:45pm to November 15, 2015 at 4pm
America's Favorite Treasure Hunt! We host the world's largest indoor antique show the 2nd weekend of each month at the Atlanta Expo Centers. We have an amazing 3500 exhibit booths filled with antiques and collectibles. Show hours are Thurs.…See More
Haldis Fearn replied to Emily Soens's discussion Arts and Craft Tile Restoration Advice ?
"Emily - if you would like them to shine, I would suggest using a very light layer of wax.  You might have to clean the wax off periodically due to dust and re-wax.  The thing about using the wax is that it is reversible and not a permanent…"


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Markel light fixture 5 Replies

Have 4 Markel (M.E.P.) cast iron wall sconces in my early 1930’s bungalow. The fixtures had many coats of wall paint & I want to refinish them, mainly so more of the casting detail shows. They’ve been stripped & white primer applied. Any idea what kind of finish the manufacturer put on these? Or were they usually painted to match the walls? Thanks,…Continue

Started by JR PEARSON in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by JR PEARSON 20 hours ago.

Looking For Lighting 3 Replies

Does anyone have any sources or know of a person who might have an early example of a "wedding cake" or "waterfall" chandelier with full crystal dressing?  Condition is irrelevant as long as all crystals are present ... can re-wire and polish as necessary.Continue

Started by John Barnes in Swaps and Sales. Last reply by Elaine Cozort on Saturday.

slated for demo

A good friend of mine has sold his early 1900's home to the city.  It will be demolished, possibly in about 2 weeks.  I took a tour of the house today (Oct. 10, 2015).  There are beautiful, original sconces on the walls, gorgeous original woodwork, a fireplace and more.  I told him to at least take the sconces down because someone would want those for sure.  This is in DeKalb, Illinois.  Is anybody interested in helping to rescue things from this house?Continue

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Started by Elaine Cozort in Old Houses: 1900-1945 on Saturday.

Arts and Craft Tile Restoration Advice ? 7 Replies

I removed many layers of paint from the 3 decorative ceramic tiles on my fireplace. (Also removed the same from the original limestone arch on the front, but that's another project discussion). The tiles on the fireplace (and those on the hearth too) are dull and ashy looking. They look great when wet. I'm sure the gloss finish of the original glaze was damaged by paint and the products to remove it. I know there's nothing that can be done about the crazing which has occurred naturally but what…Continue

Tags: restoration, tile

Started by Emily Soens in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Emily Soens on Friday.

composite floor tile 2 Replies

Thought I'd ask the experts here.  Does anyone know what this tile is?  I'm working on a house that has extensive amount of it on the first floor, original and built in 1929.  At first glance it looks like cork but is cement based with wood fibers in it. Rectangular shapes, various sizes with the largest being maybe 12x16 from what i remember.Is there asbestos in this?  There are no plans to remove it and its in good condition, but i am curious because I've not seen anything quite like it.thank…Continue

Started by Ken klemmer in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by caseypratt on Wednesday.

Need front porch advise 1 Reply

I bought this 1939 post war bungalow that I'm currently remodeling. I need some ideas on what to do with this front porch. I need to dress up this aluminum roof above it somehow and I was thinking to replace the "iron" support columnist the right with a nice decorative wood one. I was also thinking of adding some new decorative gutters running on the front of it to dress it up. I'll eventually tear off all the aluminum and build a pitched roof there, but I need something for the time being as…Continue

Started by Raph in Old Houses: 1900-1945. Last reply by Ken klemmer Oct 6.

Selling Vintage Cast Iron/Porcelain Kitchen Sink

1950's Vintage Cast Iron with Porcelain overlay kitchen sink with cabinet base.  6 feet long.  Located in Islip, NY.  Asking $1000.00.  You pick up and haul.  Available immediately.  Email, call or text with any questions or if interested in purchasing.Thank you,Eugene Gulottaegulotta2@gmail.com516-242-5320Continue

Tags: Sink, Iron, Cast, Sale

Started by Eugene Gulotta in Swaps and Sales Oct 6.

Any Experience with Bathtub Refinishing? 17 Replies

Now that I have my bathroom almost done, I finally cleaned up the used tub that I installed. It was a 50/50 chance that the surface would be useable as is, and once I got it clean, it is apparent that it really needs refinishing. I have a few calls in to places that do this work, but since I have no experience with it, I have no idea what questions to ask, what pitfalls to avoid, or what other things might need to be considered. Anyone with experience here?

Started by Karan Andrea in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Ken klemmer Oct 2.

Bondo Bird Repair 4 Replies

FYI - Some sparrows carved out a nice little space last spring in the opposing corners of where my roof eaves meet. They were great at finding a spot high enough, and dangerous enough that I couldn't easily repair it without erecting a massive scaffold.  So, I managed to get my 28' extension ladder up there (barely), secured it ropes and Bondo'ed & filled in the gap. Of course, the sparrow and family had cleared out as I wouldn't want to King Tut' them in. The stuff is great as it filled…Continue

Started by KenK in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by KenK Sep 30.

Do you live in a George F. Barber "pattern book" house? 101 Replies

I am researching the work on noted "pattern book" architect, George F. Barber. Barber is credited with the creation of tens of thousands of homes, throughout the USA and Canada, by using a mail-order process that stemmed from Barber's pattern books and monthly periodical publications. Barber's designs were published between 1888 and 1908, with the first 12 or so years being largely designed in the Queen Anne Victorian style. Around 1900 Barber reluctantly began to incorporate designs in the…Continue

Tags: pattern book, Queen Anne, George Barber, Victorian

Started by Chris DiMattei in Old Houses: Pre-1900. Last reply by Ken Gasper Sep 29.

Blog Posts

Arts & Crafts or Coastal Style?

Our new lakefront cottage has a vintage look and I am trying to decide if an Arts & Crafts look or a Coastal look is more appropriate. I think an Arts & Crafts look is tougher to pull off but I really respect and admire that style. A coastal look may be more suitable to something that is lakefront and is easier with all that wicker and white paint.  Any thoughts? I have attached a picture of the front. …


Posted by Terry Spencer on October 15, 2012 at 11:13am — 8 Comments

Cheap Winter Window Fix

I have turn of the early 1900's "replacement" windows and good old aluminum storms.  Drinking straws make wonderful, easily removed gaskets.  They even fit in the storm window bottoms.  When I close a window, its tight! 

Posted by lyn joy on October 1, 2012 at 8:45am — 3 Comments

Imminent Teardown of an Historic Home


Yet another of New England’s early saltbox homes has recently been condemned to teardown in the name of commercialism and historically insensitive…


Posted by John Poole on September 26, 2012 at 1:30am — 7 Comments

House style

Picture%202.pngWhat do you think is the style of my Victorian house?

Most say it is in the Gothic Victorian style due to the arched windows and front double door and the quoins in the corners.

Posted by gary minnick on September 19, 2012 at 5:00pm — 4 Comments

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