The Forever Light

I had a light in storage.

I had a light in storage for a long time.

I had a light in storage for a long time because I, a very long time ago, took it apart, stripped it of the caked-on paint covering all the metal components, and then…just let it sit in a box for a very long time.

I had a light which was ignored while 795,628 other things were going on.

But now, I have a light…


…which is glorious again. The 1930s/1940s fixture is by the Markel Electric Corporation.


The shades are gorgeous. They have a kinda leaf detail which is…


…repeated in the glass stem. Nice.


The new polychrome finish is a dark gold with bright gold accents. Lovely!


There is something intensely satisfying about taking on a seemingly abandoned project and finishing it.


As these words are written the fixture is hanging behind me in my office, lighted. I keep turning around in my desk chair and staring at it.

And my heart feels joyful.

For, something is just a bit better with the world.




My online vintage lighting store.




1 Comment

  1. Jarrett L on July 25, 2017 at 9:09 pm

    Looks amazing! I especially love the matching details on the shades and glass stem, lights today are not made with half the lovely details and care.

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