Restorations and Repair


The Luminary Shoppe also specializes in the restoration and repair of carriage lamps of all makes and models.  Here are just a few examples of the restoration work that our dedicated professionals have completed in the past few years.

Restoration Information

Brewster Road Coach Lamps Restoration

This is one of a pair of Brewster lamps, pictured as we received them.    The repairs needed included complete dismantling, polishing scratched glass, replacement of rusted-out panels, stabilization of other rust, reassembly, resilvering, and refinishing.


The Brewster lamps pictured completely dismantled ready for repairs.


The finished project.

 
 
 Other examples of restoration and repair work conducted by the Luminary Shoppe.

 
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Carriage Lamp Restoration
March 1, 2008

We are pleased to provide high quality repairs and restoration of carriage lamps. Among the services we can provide are: beveled and bent glass, colored (flash) glass, engraved and etched glass, polishing scratched glass, replating in brass, nickel, or silver, custom metal spinning, and complete carriage lamp restoration.
 
Estimating the cost of restoration is very difficult without having the lamps in question in hand. The following are very general estimates reflecting past experience. Your actual cost may vary greatly depending on the many variables involved in lamp restoration.

Estimated Repair Prices

Item
Cost
Flat beveled glass (installed) $75.00 -  $120.00/ea.
Bent beveled glass (installed) $90.00 -  $200.00/ea.
New oil burners (installed) $55.00 -  $200.00/ea.
Polish and replate each piece in brass or nickel $20.00 -  $150.00/ea.
Polish and replate each piece in silver $30.00  -  $250.00/ea.
Refinish, strip, cleanup, paint, trim out $450.00 - $1000.00/pr.
Hourly rate for repairs $44.00 / hour


Custom Spun Parts

Custom Spun Parts First Part Additional Parts
Small uncomplicated (e.g., candle caps)
$60.00 - $85.00
$20.00 - $40.00/ea.
Medium (e.g., tail cups, chimney finials)
$65.00 - $100.00
$20.00 - $45.00/ea.
Large (e.g., round front reflectors)
$100.00 - $250.00
$40.00 - $80.00/ea.


Complete Restorations

Usually cost less than the sum of all repairs. The prices below are representative of the average restoration project and are NOT acutal prices. Actual prices will vary depending on the job. Contact us directly for a more specific estimate.

Restoration Jobs
Cost
Small to medium buggy lamps
$1,200.00 - $1,800.00
Large, high-quality carriage lamps
$1,400.00 - $2,800.00
Large ornate, specialty lamps (e.g., park drag or hearse)
$2,000.00 - $3,500.00


Quotes and Appraisals

We are happy to provide written quotations when lamps are sent to our shop. You may use UPS or USPS, pack and insure well. We will send a quotation and do not start work until we receive your signed approval. If you do not wish to have the work done we will return the lamps as is. In this case we would appreciate your remittance of $40.00/pair plus return shipping.

Appraisals are only our estimates of the value of lamps. Condition, location, availability, the general economy, and other factors influence the value of carriage lamps. Our appraisals should not be considered infallible.