Before. After.

I was excited to come across a pair of circa-1905 early electric sconces. The pair was a bit battered and covered with gold spray paint. The poor dears.


Paint removed! Dented finial straightened! New sockets! New wiring! Sooooo lovely!


Yummy details. It is hard finding scocnes from this era.




My online vintage lighting store.





  1. Seth Hoffman on November 10, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    That is a stylish pair of sconces. I like those from the Art Nouveau era.

    What possessed people to paint fixtures like these with crappy gold paint? I’ve had to deal with it on several old fixtures I’ve restored for our house(s). Sometimes it was on top of very nice original velvety-brownish metallic paint, which looked so much better, or unlacquered brass, which always looks old and dignified. There’s plenty of people out painting fixtures now (SO many home decoration blogs about painting bright brass hardware!), but the gold on these old fixtures didn’t seem to be much of a change for the original brass or painted finish. Why go to the effort for only a slight color change, and an ugly, gloppy finish?

  2. Cody H on November 11, 2017 at 6:23 pm

    It has always vexed me just how difficult it is to find turn of the century sconces, whereas 1870’s and 1880’s gas sconces, both swivel and fixed, seemingly rain from the sky. It makes no sense to me.

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