When it comes to items handed down through the family, there is usually a large sentimental value to them, and you can't bear to be the one who let it go to ruin. If you own an antique light, chances are you don't let it out much, and you probably forbid the kids to play in the room that houses it. What would you do if it broke? They don't make those anymore, do they? Where would even look to get a replacement part?