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For a very long time I had this circa-1940 fixture in storage. In the box, I also had the original shades and glass finial. The heat of the light bulbs had burned off the original beige paint on the socket cups. It seemed silly to repaint the fixture as the same problem would happen. So, not knowing what to do, the fixture languished in storage year after year. Then, last week, I realized that the whole fixture was brass. What if I just removed all the old paint and….(scroll way down)…
























…just polished the brass? Well…WOW! WOW!




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  1. Michele on May 23, 2020 at 10:31 pm

    That fixture is gorgeous. So great that you saved this beautiful piece of history from ending up in a tip! It deserved to live!

  2. Leigh on May 24, 2020 at 4:50 am


  3. Susan Y. on May 26, 2020 at 2:49 pm

    That looks so much better with the paint off and shined up.

    I found some cool light fixtures at my local flea market and there was one I swear I had seen the twin of on this blog, but I looked back through the posts (yes, all five years b/c I am crazy like that) and could not find it.

    I’m going to try to link to the picture.

    • Susan Y. on June 3, 2020 at 6:13 pm

      Also, I went back and bought it because as I may have mentioned I am an absolute madwoman. So now that I have it I have found out that it did in fact have shades originally, it was made by the Wirt Manufacturing Company, it has an iron crosspiece at the top, and is brass or brass plate. Alas, I can discover nothing about the company online. My google-fu sucks. I was hoping I would be able to discover what kind of shades it had at least.

  4. Karen Spencer on May 27, 2020 at 9:54 pm

    Wow is right!

    And I LOVE the Jean Harlow fixture from the other day. That was possibly my all time favorite. I am a 20s-30s fan. Actually, 1890s maybe through the 1940s is my fav time period.

    Hugs to you dear Ross..

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