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industrial pendant lighting by Benjamin
Reference 13_1732

British factory shades. Circa 1950

Era: 1950s Origin: UK

British factory shades. Large vitreous enamelled spun steel reflectors by 'Benjamin' complete with original brushed and lacquered steel galleries with cast manufacturers details and makers labels.

 

pair of industrial factory shades by benjamin
internal view of industrial pendant shade
original steel gallery on industrial shade by benjamin
original manufactures label by benjamin
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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original lighting catalogue by benjamin

Restoration

Over the years, we’ve restored thousands of lights that would otherwise have become scrap - examining, refurbishing and updating one part at a time. But we don’t only piece together the light’s components. We take the time to investigate its history, studying old catalogues for clues and assembling the whole story. The catalogue extracts shown are taken from our own internal manufacturers archive. Circa 1950.

Grey fabric braided power cable with chrome suspension chain and ceiling rose

Product details

Supplied with new screw (E27) lamp holders, 2mtrs of industrial steel suspension chain, elephant grey braided cable and ceiling mounting plate. Can be converted to accept screw E26 lamp holders (for use in USA) if required. Please state at point of order.

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430 mm
430 mm
2.5 kg
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Grey (White Internal)

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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