Mel and I picked this Barber Pole up two Second Sundays ago for a song and a dance. This pole was made by the Rose Supply Co. The manufacturers plate does not have a model number or any info on when it was made. I am suspecting it was made sometime in the 50’s but it may be even earlier. The aluminum finish had a lot of surface wear but still very solid.
When we purchased this it had a busted up inner cylinder that had been poorly hand painted. The outside and inside was pretty dirty too.
I plugged it in before I dismantled it to test the motor and all is "A OK"!
This lamp had a lot of excess wires that went nowhere so I rewired it.
Wow, no way to save this so I shot over to Ebay and ordered a new inner cylinder. Yep, you can still get replacements.
Like I have mentioned before, if you are good at taking things apart like me but suck at putting them back together then draw a schematic of it so you can reference it when re-assembling. Here is how I went about it, but you can also take pictures:
Here is my chicken scratch.
I tried to shine the aluminum finish on the buffing wheel but I didn't like the results. I then decided to give it a matte finish by using Awesome and 0000 steel wool scrubbing in one direction. I liked this result a lot more.
Here it is all finished up. I can't hang it yet 'till I know the layout of the room but that won't happen 'till I move our MCM stuff.
- Here it is lit up and spinnin’!
I would like to get a couple of 1957 Koken President Barber Chair’s to sit in and watch TV. I would have the restored pole near them to tie it all together. I will have my eyes open for two of these to restore.
This one has been re-upholstered and done right. Wouldn't one of these be cool to kick back in and watch "Mad Men"?