Desk Lighting Your Grandpa Loved

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Vintage Eagle desk lamp

Recently, my cousin Tom moved from Los Angeles to Minnesota. Before he left, he performed the customary “get rid of everything I don’t need” ritual and in this order: garage sale, Goodwill, give away. Lucky for me, prior to placing his stuff out on the neighborhood market, he called and asked if I wanted to dig through his things for anything I might want. Bingo! One of my favorite finds? His grandfather’s 30s era cast iron Eagle gooseneck desk lamp (above). It is patinated perfectly and has an art-deco industrial edge that is totally hip. It sits now in a place of honor and adds vintage and familial presence to the room. Every time I click it on, I can feel the energy of my great uncle. This lamp was clearly loved in its prime.

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Vintage cast iron task lamp

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Written By Skaie Knox

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