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If replacing handles:

Measure distance from center of mounting hole to center of adjacent mounting hole. This measurement is called the boring. It is the most crucial measurement as the handles chosen must be the same as the boring size in order to fit.

More leeway is available when adding drawer pulls to new furniture or cabinets, as mounting holes can be drilled where needed.

Most common size boring is 3". Other less common center of hole to center of hole measurements: 2-1/2", 3-1/2" and 4" are available in limited designs.

Large sizes such as 5" or 6" are very difficult to find.

Backset: is the distance between the selvedge edge and center of pin in the keyhole. It is the most crucial measurement when replacing missing locks.........the key when inserted through your keyhole must line up with the pin in the center of the lock keyhole. 

Lock Bolt: Rectangular piece which ejects through the selvedge into the strike or furniture thereby holding door, drawer or lid closed 

Selvedge: Edge of the lock through which the bolt ejects and recedes 

Lock Body: The locking mechanism including it's cover. 

Lock Plate: Lock face holds lock body. This plate typically screws directly to door, drawer or chest. 

Levers: Key moves the levers as it turns inside the lock. The more levers the more complex the lock. Levers are housed in the lock body. 

Lock Strike - Two types: 1. Used to minimize wear from movement of bolt 2. Strike mounts to the underside of lid. Protruding clips on underneath of strike connect to lock when closed.

Caster type is determined by furniture construction rather than furniture style or period.

Available styles are: plate-type, stem, grip neck stem, round cup and square cup.

Pertinent information pertaining to each caster type can be found on each caster product page. 


Kerosene lamps were the modern genius of the 1800's. More stable than candles these oil lamps provided life-changing night time illumination.

Today, converted antique oil lamps typically have oil or  electric burners to satisfy the needs of the owner.  Adding a glass lamp shade and shade holder complete the appearance. Holders and replacement lamp shade styles vary.  Pertinent information for specific products can be found on the individual product page.   

Lamp type usually determines the style of shade and parts needed. Challenges may arise when parts are missing making it difficult to know what type shade or part is needed. 

We are happy to help: if you are unsure about your lamp just email us a picture with measurements of your lamp.

A basic understanding of lamp terminology, makes it easier select the correct replacement parts when restoring antique lamps. 

1/8IP: is a 3/8" standard-size lamp thread frequently used on table lamps. It screws into the bottom of a lamp socket.

1/4IP: is 1/2" diameter lamp thread size frequently used on floor lamps and chandeliers.

F: designates a female thread - tapped

M: designates a male thread - threaded

Watts: Volts multiplied by 

Amps: Watts divided by volts

Volts: Watts divided by Amps

Most table lamps and floor lamps are electric, assembled with threaded lamp pipe and sockets. These lamps most often use a harp to support a fabric, mica or parchment shade

Add style to your room and transform a lamp by adding a new lampshade. Depending on the atmosphere you want to achieve the effect can be dramatic or calming.

Your new replacement lamp shade should complement your lamp while at the same time contrasting and coordinating with its surroundings. Color and shape play an important role in both appearance and light out-put. Lighter color shades provide more light. A dark colored shade can be very dramatic adding a sense of mystery to a room. 

Table and Floor Lamps come in a variety of sizes and styles requiring their own shade style and shade holder type. Challenges often arise when the perfect shade is sized differently, made of a different substance (the new one is silk when the old one was glass) or uses a different shade holder (harp, chimney, tripod or clip-on fitter). In these cases it is often possible to change a lamp part and make the shade work.

As replacement lamp shade styles vary, we have added helpful tips to make it easier to understand each lamp shade. Each product page provides detailed information to aid you in choosing a shade to fit your lamp. 

Let us know: if you need help, want advise or would like to email us a picture.

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