I'm posting these pics and update for Mike (he asked me to do this). I've gotten to know Mike a good bit and he has definitely been infected with the "wax-virus". Turns out he and I are a lot alike as he doesn't really get worked up over glitter either. Mike was super keen to restore this lamp and I commend him for being patient and working so hard on the lamp and not just ditching the original wax and Goo Kitting it. This baby runs again and the wax is gorgeous! They just don't make wax like this any more.
I spent a good bit of time on the phone with Mike and via text messaging assisting him in getting this lamp running again. And as usual it's been a good bit of fun (to me anyhow) bringing this ORIGINAL lamp and its wax back to life.
There needs to be some better pics of the lamp in its restored stand.....I suspect in time that some pics will be made and posted but for now here's Mike's Imperial back in action!
Right now the lamp has orange fluid and the original wax which is a creamy off white and it's a stunner. I suspect this lamp may well have originally been a Champagne Mist but the fluid was long past ruined and not salvageable. The original stand is still in existence and has been repaired/restored.
I know Mike is loving this baby and I'm really pleased to have helped save another rare lamp.
After looking at the BEFORE pictures I would have never thought that the wax could be salvaged in that Imperial.
Very well done!
Delighted for you Mike and Critter... what an absolute treasure of a lamp, good to know its in safe hands and appreciated.
Incredible! Lucky is the guy who owns one of these, especially one restored with the original wax!