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Reference 21_3459

1950s Industrial polished pendant light

Era: 1950s Origin: UK

A one-off 1950s pendant by Baldwin & Francis, salvaged from a coal mine in Northern England. Carefully converted for ceilings, this feature light comprises a two part polished aluminium enclosure with manufacturer's markings and contrasting brass details on the upper gallery, attached to a fixed rod. Complete with original prismatic glass lens, perfect for creating a statement in kitchens, living rooms, or hallways.

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Origin: UK

Lighting design in the UK benefitted from a free market. Different companies were working at the same time, designing and producing similar products for the same market. Often with only slight differences in their style, they constantly upgraded and improved their original designs. The products we salvage come from the old industrial heartland of England. This area of the UK was once the boiler room of the British economy - from the potteries of Stoke, through the engineering works of Birmingham, to the wool, textile and cotton mills of Oldham and Manchester.

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Once a light has undergone preparatory treatment and the degraded surface has been removed, the path is clear for us to bring it back to life. At skinflint we tend not to repaint surfaces, this would make the lights look too ‘new’ and they’d lose some of their individuality. So, with ferrous metals such as iron and steel, we wax-polish the surface on large rotating cotton wheels adding shine, grain and highlights to the casting details and bringing out the light’s character through surface and patina

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Product details

Supplied with new screw (E27) lamp holders. (If you would prefer an E26 lamp holder for use in the USA, please just ask).


310 mm
460 mm
8 kg
n/a mm
n/a mm
Silver | Brass | Clear

Supplied tested to BS EN60598. Converted for use in the US and worldwide. IP20 for internal use only.

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Manufacturer: Baldwin & Francis

Founded in Sheffield in 1919, Baldwin and Francis started out as Baldwin Electrical, before merging with Wilfred Francis & Co Ltd in the 1940s and forming the firm we know today as Baldwin & Francis. Throughout the 1940s, the team focused on manufacturing electricals for the mining industry, including switchgears and gate end boxes (GEBs), before shifting their focus to lighting. A subsequent merger with Rolls Royce in 1989 enabled the firm to cement themselves as an industry leader, with expansion now seen globally across the USA, Canada and China.

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The light works well because the industrial style and it complements the exposed brick walls and stone worktops in the kitchen.

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