Rescuing Beauty


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I was looking at an early all-electric ceiling pendant on eBay, debating if I should bid on it. It was very nice but I worried that I did not have the right shades for it.

Reading the listing I was suddenly horrified. The seller was willing to part the fixture out. “If you want just the sockets let me know.”

Yep, I was horrified. And I clicked on the Buy It Now button, STAT.

Wanna see the fixture now? Scroll way down…




















Wow. Can you believe that somebody was willing to destroy this knock-out? And, it developed that I did have ideal shades. Just lovely.


The Hubbell sockets are dated 1902 and have wonderful pull-chains ending in little acorns. Fabulous. I also love the cast brass decorations with shell motifs.




My online vintage lighting store.





  1. Harlan on January 25, 2020 at 10:43 am

    I so need this in my life !!

  2. Dan Goodall-Williams on January 25, 2020 at 10:58 am

    Now this is a real beauty. And to think some ass was going to part it out!

  3. Mark on January 25, 2020 at 11:17 am

    Good score. I must have missed that listing as I would have done the same!!

  4. Doug on January 25, 2020 at 11:34 am

    It would look great in my house.

  5. Beth H. on January 25, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    SO glad you saved this gorgeous fixture from the Neanderthals who would have destroyed it! Those shades look like they were original to the piece, and the total effect is just wonderful.

  6. Linda M on January 25, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    amazing how the shades made it all work. beautiful piece!

  7. Architectural Observer on January 25, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    Thanks for saving this beautiful fixture. The seller reminds me of people who cut up old books because they can make more money selling the individual illustrations. I’ve just about had enough of this wretched planet and its inhabitants… beam me up!

    • Ross on January 25, 2020 at 11:52 pm

      It should be illegal to cut up books!

      Beam them up!

  8. Nancy McPherson on January 26, 2020 at 11:55 pm

    This beautiful fixture looks so fine and how great it was for you to save it. The shades are perfect and nobody can deny that. My only question is which room is going to be this lovely baby’s home?

  9. Seth Hoffman on January 27, 2020 at 9:49 pm

    Those acorn pulls are very cool. I’ve never seen any quite like it.

  10. Cindy Belanger on February 19, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    Just gorgeous. I have one similar, but with only 2 arms. The extra 2 arms make all the difference. It will look great in the Cross House.

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