The Cross House
About ten years ago I purchased a pair of candle sconces online. They looked to be from the 1950s, and had a Hollywood-Regency quality. Mmmmmmmm.
The sconces arrived. I liked them! But could not find a place for them, so they were put in a box.
Years passed, and the sconces stayed in their box, as the box was moved from one place to another and then another and yet another. Over and over the box was moved until a few months ago when, with the box in my hand, a question popped into my mind: Might these look good at that other house you own? You know, that big house?
So the box-o-sconces were taken to the big house and I did, indeed, find the perfect place for them.
It was then that another problem was discovered.
I had no idea of how the attach the sconces to the wall. It was obvious, belatedly, that the original mounting thingies had not been shipped with the sconces. But, all was not lost for I do possess an ounce of cleverness and, on some days, even two ounces. Thus, I pondered and pondered and tried out a few ideas…but nothing worked, even on a two-ounce day.
There was no option but to see if JR in Portland, Oregon, could help. For, JR has eight ounces of cleverness, at least.
For many years JR has helped me out when I am confronted with some lighting restoration impasse. JR is one of the owners of GKA Lighting. The company restores lighting but specializes in huge fixtures from 1920s movie palaces or banks or grand skyscraper lobbies. They also manufacture new lighting, like for casinos in Las Vegas. They also, blessedly, do repair work.
The box-o-sconces was shipped to JR and a while later they returned with a devilishly simple yet ideal mounting plates attached. In the future, nobody will ever glance twice at the mounting plates but I was awed. The plates are just simple round disks but with two holes for screws, and with a JR-created patina which exactly matches the dark patina on the original brass components of the sconces.
Thank you, JR!
Another issue was candles. The sconces had holders for 1-1/2-wide candles which is really wide. And such candles proved hard to find! After much ado, I discovered Alter Candles which have 1-1/2-wide bases! They were not cheap but did I have a choice? And, because the room is so huge, nothing less than 12-inch-high candles would do, darling.
The candles duly arrived and I, with great excitement, attached one sconce to the wall, inserted the many candles, and stood back.
And my great excitement was dashed.
The candles overwhelmed the sconces. They were too friggin’ wide and too friggin’ tall.
Sigh. At this point I wondered if the sconces were just, I dunno, somehow dammed. Maybe they were never meant to be appreciated? Maybe they were just meant to be scorned and shunned and returned to their box to spend eternity in a dusty attic?
A few days later I thought: Oh! I could just remove the wide metal candle bases and install more typical narrow ones, and then I could order elegant, thin, tapered candles!
But the metal bases were not, as it proved, removable. And now I was pretty convinced: The sconces were dammed.
A few days later I thought: What if I cut off 3-inches from the 12-inch candles? Would that help?
So, with now 9-inch candles, today I went ahead and hung the second sconce. The candles still create a kinda top-heavy look so tomorrow I will see if cutting off another 3-inches will do the trick.
Well, wanna see?
The story, thus, of the never-ending sconces is not yet finished. But I no longer feel they are eternally dammed
My frustration aside, it delights me that, after so many years, the sconces are now hanging. Squee!!!!!!!!