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Angled British factory shades by Benjamin

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angled white enamel factory shade
Reference 15_2332

Angled British factory shades by Benjamin

Era: 1950s Origin: UK

Vintage industrial parabolic pendant lights by British manufacturer 'Benjamin' originally designed to illuminate signs, shop windows, and industrial workspaces. Comprising a vitreous enamelled steel shade and lacquered steel galleries with manufacturer's detailing and branding.

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internal view of white enamel factory shade
a pair of angled white enamel factory shades
brushed steel gallery on white enamel shade
angled enamel pendant light by Benjamin
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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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original 1950s lighting catalogue by Benjamin

Restoration

At skinflint we respect and preserve the heritage of each piece. We take the time to investigate its history, studying old catalogues for clues and assembling the whole story. The extract shown is from our own internal manufacturers archive from an original 1950s Benjamin Electric Ltd: Industrial Reflectors catalogue.

braided grey cable and suspension chain

Product details

Each light is supplied with a new screw (E27) lamp holder, 2mtrs of suspension chain, elephant grey braided cable and ceiling mounting plate. (If you would prefer another colour cable, wire suspension or an E26 lamp holder for use in the USA, please just ask).

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380 mm
530 mm
2.7 kg
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White

Supplied tested to BS EN60598. IP20 for internal use only. All dimensions and weights are approximate.

Benjamin Electric

Manufacturer: Benjamin Electric

The Benjamin Electric Manufacturing Company was founded by Reuben Berkley Benjamin in Chicago, Illinois in 1898. With the popularity of its lighting, the company expanded rapidly throughout the USA and Canada and then finally abroad, to England - more specifically London - which is where our shades were manufactured. Benjamin was a prolific inventor, mostly in the field of electric lighting. One of his most influential designs was the R.L.M. enamel shade - an influence so profound that this design is what we now recognise as the classic industrial enamel.

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