A bit of my family history now.
Robert Faraday was the younger brother of Michael Faraday (you may have heard of him – a renowned English physicist and chemist).
His younger brother, Robert was a brass founder and gas engineer. He is my Great Great Great Grandfather.
Since working on my Great Great Aunt Kate’s diaries, I have been having a lovely time catching glimpses of their lives. It is all fascinating. I have reached 1925 now.
Harold Faraday (son of Robert) was my Great Great Grandmother’s brother. He worked at Faraday & Son, his grandfather’s firm – Faraday & Son – in the 1900’s
I have been watching Ebay and recently purchased two Pullman lights (apparently patented by Faraday & Son) – they were used on train tables in the Pullman coaches – a mainline luxury railway service.
I approached a friend, a qualified and obviously very talented electrician, and asked him if he could rewire them up to modern safety standards and, if I bought a lampshade, could he fit that as well. He said he could so off I shopped…..
And the results are well, quite frankly, awesome (and I don’t use that word lightly).
The first lamp is brass and has a beautiful “Liberty print” lampshade keeping in date with the era.
The second is silver metal and very different.
The lampshade was off Ebay. I asked the seller to show me a picture of it lit up from inside, so he refused and blocked me! Seriously. As I wanted the lampshade more than I needed a friend, I asked Daisy to buy it on my behalf. It was worth it. Stuff the seller, he learnt nothing!
Lit up, the lamp is spectacular. Like the moon.
I am utterly in love with both of my lamps and it is wonderful that once upon a time they were in the shop of my great great great uncle whose shop my great great aunt frequently visited.
And huge thanks to my electrician who made this dream a reality with his sympathetic choices of cable, switches and plugs. Utterly perfect.