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Angled Cotton Mill Shades. Circa 1940 (XL)

Salvaged parabolic grey and white enamel shade from cotton mill factory.
Reference 12_1255

Angled Cotton Mill Shades. Circa 1940 (XL)

Era: 1940s Origin: UK

Extra large parabolic English factory shades by "Benjamin" salvaged from a cotton mill in Lancashire. Vitreous enamelled reflector complete with original makers label and lacquered steel galleries. Angled to illuminate a wall or object and all in excellent condition.

 

Internal detail of salvaged parabolic grey and white enamel shade from cotton mill factory
Side profile of salvaged parabolic grey and white enamel shade from cotton mill factory.
UK

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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Restoring a light doesn’t necessarily mean making it ‘like new’. We often preserve the visible signs of age, such as spots of wear and patina, to give a hint about the light’s first story. Or we might reveal the bare metal, accentuating its build and design.

Product details

Supplied with new bayonet (B22) lamp holders, 2mtrs of suspension chain, elephant grey braided cable and ceiling mounting plate.

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430 mm
630 mm
3.5 kg
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Grey (White internal)

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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