We acquired three French 19th century railroad lanterns some time last year. Managing our retail space meant that we never had the time to electrify these, but we finally got round to it yesterday. We did think of retaining the lamps in their original state, but in this case, I think it’s more important to retain the lamps’ original purpose, which is to illuminate.
We took pictures to document the process. Should you have any candle/gas lamps of your own, I hope this post will inspire you to electrify them.
The lamp body would have held a kerosene cartridge with a wick, but since we’re electrifying the lamp, we would have to drill a hole in the base cap and run a wire through the lamp body.
Important public service announcement: You can see in the picture that I am using a hammer drill to drill into Gustave’s thick gauge, solid brass ass. You can also see that I am drilling his ass on the floor. This is an unorthodox way of doing things and could turn out to be a pretty funny way to die. Please use a hand drill/drill press with proper metal drilling bits, and work off a bench with clamps.
I’m stripping the wire here with a nifty wire stripper that is also a flat head screwdriver. I purchased it at Handyman Centre, which is the best hardware store I’ve come across