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Fantastic Moss Lamp Trade

IMG_5473One day Mel and I were in the garage of our new home and a friendly face drove up and stopped right in front of our house. It was our friend Tom who Mel and I originally met at The Antique Company in Sacramento. Tom is such a socialite and he was soo eager to see the home we had just moved into. While we were showing him around he saw our oak leaf floor lamp.

Leaf Wire Lamp

Leaf Wire Lamp

When Tom saw this lamp he froze, turned to us and said, “I have the matching table lamps to that oak leaf floor lamp”. When he got home he texted over pics of the table lamps.


Tom suggested that we trade our floor lamp to complete his set for a Moss floor lamp he had. We were a little skeptical and also lamp heavy so we said we’d consider the trade after seeing his Moss lamp. Once he brought the Moss lamp over Mel and I were sold!

IMG_5461The lamp shade on this lamp is fantastic! The lamp has these cool Lucite rods that flank the brass center. The black bowl in the middle is a planter. This piece makes quite a statement in the room.


This shade has a great art deco pattern and is in amazing shape.

IMG_5465 This lamp really goes well with the dancing Carlo of Hollywood pieces behind it.


IMG_5468 This lamp will be a great companion to our pink butterfly frieze chair. We are so grateful to Tom for his trade and I think both parties are happy with the exchange.


Repairing Moss Spun Fiberglass Lamp Shades

A couple days ago I shared our collection of Moss lamps. The reason why a lot of these didn’t survive is because of the delicate spun fiberglass shades. Often times the shades would unravel. So, what do you do if you find a Moss lamp but the shade resembles a messy birds nest and is not too far gone? There is a cheap and easy solution….Elmer’s glue and water.

  1. Clean the lamp shades of any debris
  2. Dilute the glue in some water. There isn’t a science to this. Just get it to a consistency that will allow you to paint the mixture.
  3. Paint the shade with the glue mixture
  4. Allow to fully dry before placing shades back on the lamp


  • My shades still had their original shape. If your shades are floppy you’ll want to do the same process but over a mold that has the shape you want. I had a shade that became floppy but originally had straight edges. I created a form out of wood for the shade to sit on before I started painting so I could get the straight edges.
  • If you have thin areas or small holes in your shades, before step 2 trim off some of stray fiberglass and use it to patch the areas during step 2.

Here are some before and after pictures.



Moss Lamps Everywhere!!!!!!!!!

Mel and I fell in love with Moss lamps through a chance meeting with a gentleman we met off of a Craigslist pick. He showed us their true splendor and what an icon they are. We also have a Moss plaque and clock. Please enjoy the pictures I have attached. Most of the lamp shades have been restored.

Here is the history of the Moss empire off of the internet…

Moss Manufacturing Co. in San Francisco created the “lamps that spin” during the 1940s and 1950s. The lamps integrated motorized spinning platforms into their designs along with figurines from any number of ceramics firms during that era. These unique lamps had quite a visual impact. Most often the shades were “spun glass” and enormous in size.

Since metal was being rationed during World War II, Moss Mfg. decided to use plexiglass as the base material. Nevertheless, plexiglass turned out to be easy to work with and predominantly fitting for the fanciful Moss creations.

Thelma Moss, company co-owner, was the guiding force and motivation for the lamp designs. Duke Smith and John Disney were the designers who followed through by creating her vision.

Moss Mfg. quickly became known for other, sometimes, bizarre novelty items they created such as: aquarium lamps, fountain lamps, intercom lamps and more. There were even motorized “double shade” lamps with shades rotating in opposite directions independently. Some of the lamps were designed to double as clocks, music boxes, tables and room dividers.

The final Moss Lamps were produced in 1968. The rarity of the spun glass shades and use of plexiglass, along with the unconventional lamp designs, make these vintage lamps great collectibles today.

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