Old Farm Charm – a Farmhouse Industrial Water Pump Salvage Hanging Light

One of the wonderful things about living in farming country, is finding wonderful relics from old farmhouses.  A few months ago, I brought home 3 fabulous salvaged metal pieces.  Can any of you recognize what they originally were?
GEM Cistern Water Pump Hanging Light by http://knickoftimeinteriors.blogspot.com/

 If you live in farm country, you probably have seen them attached to a water pump, like this one.  These were used to draw water from cisterns or ponds,  Our old farmhouse in Missouri had one in the enclosed porch, that had been used as a laundry room.  We brought the water pump with us when we moved to Illinois a few years ago.  Right now, it’s just sitting by our outbuilding, but eventually, I hope to do something nice with it in our yard.  Notice the water spout?  It’s the same as the one we used in our bathroom – a find from another auction a few years ago.

As soon as I spotted the metal hoods at the auction, I saw them as being perfect to repurpose into a lamp or light.   I experimented with various lamp bases, but didn’t love any of them, so my husband drilled a hole into the top of one of the hoods, then added a socket for the bulb, and some twisted cloth covered cord.  It looks totally awesome – especially with the light shining through the “GEM” holes in both sides.  It’s listed in my shop here, but if it hasn’t sold by the time we finish the guest house/photo studio, I may hang it in there.
GEM Cistern Water Pump Hanging Light by http://knickoftimeinteriors.blogspot.com/
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Twisted Cloth Covered Cord on GEM Cistern Water Pump Hanging Light by http://knickoftimeinteriors.blogspot.com/


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  1. I had no idea what it once was, but I love what it is now! Great job Angie.

  2. absolutely fantastic! I think you need to keep it for the photo studio!

  3. How cool is that! I have never seen anything like it and have lived on a farm all my life. It’s evidently not a Wisconsin thing. But so nice. Love its new job!

  4. That turned out so great, Angie…love the light shining through the letters!

  5. The light turned out great.

  6. Great idea to turn this piece into a lamp. It’s fabulous, Angie!

  7. Dear Angie,I am always without breath what great ideas you have I love it! I folow you from Slovakia, best regards Erika

  8. I love, love, love this. So fabulous. I would love for you to link up to my Inspire Me party this afternoon at 3:00 PM. http://www.astrollthrulife.net. Hope to see you there.

  9. This is absolutely spectacular Angie – is it sold? I can’t see the price on your etsy page?
    You’re incredible!
    Came by via Coastal Charm

  10. I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fabulous! Great job!

  11. Love it! Pinned.

  12. This is so cool~~~wouldn’t it look great above an old farm sink?!!! Love how the light shows through the lettering.

  13. Really amazing light! Love the word “gem” too… what a perfect find and perfect repurpose!

    Kristy Robb

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