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British factory pendants by Wardle

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British factory pendants by Wardle
Reference 20_3330

British factory pendants by Wardle

Era: 1930s Origin: UK

Salvaged 1930s vitreous enamelled factory shades, complete with a two-part steel gallery, with the original raw patina waxed and sealed. As a part of Wardle's 'Workslite Reflector' series, these green pendants would have once illuminated a variety of British industrial sites.

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The gallery of a British factory pendant by Wardle
A trio of British factory pendants by Wardle
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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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Restoration

At skinflint we are fascinated by different materials and the interesting patinas that develop on their surface with age. That’s why we tend not to repaint their surfaces, instead retaining their authenticity and individual character. Different materials require different restoration processes, so here the steel on our Wardle factory light’s gallery has been waxed and sealed, enhancing the look and longevity of the pendants for decades more to come.

Manufacturer's catalogue

This image of our British factory pendants by Wardle is taken from an original Wardle's 'Industrial and Commerical Lighting Equipment' catalogue, found in the manufacturer’s catalogues in our archive. Dated 1934

British factory pendants by Wardle suspension set

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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460 mm
350 mm
3.32 kg
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Green

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

Wardle

Manufacturer: Wardle

The Wardle Engineering Company Limited was founded by Walter and Arthur Wardle during the 1890s in Manchester. The firm was sold to Chamen and Wilkinson in 1910, but the name was retained. Despite an early foothold in the market, Wardle never gained the success of the larger manufacturers, and their products were rarely installed far from their Manchester manufacturing base. Trading ceased in the 1980s. The Prismalux Art Deco glass bulkheads, originally developed by Wardle in the 1930s, remain one of our firm favourites.

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