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Early pendant lights by Holophane

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vintage 1920s library lights holophane steel and glass
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Early pendant lights by Holophane

Era: 1920s Origin: UK

Vintage pendant lighting manufactured by Holophane salvaged from a Victorian London library. Early 1920s pendants which have been carefully refurbished and reassembled by hand.

 

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vintage 1920s library lights holophane prismatic glass and steel shades
vintage 1920s library lights holophane prismatic glass and steel shades
detail of steel shade neck shape and grey shade
detail of steel shade neck shape and grey shade gallery
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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. Many of the products we salvage come from the old industrial heartland of England between Bristol and Bradford. 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

The original finish has been retained on the outer steel shade with an interesting surface patina that has been waxed and sealed to prevent further ageing. The internal prismatic glass adds a lovely detail to these rare finds. The heritage of the products is emphasised by the cast manufacturers branding detail, which can be found on the neck of the shade.

grey braided cable industrial suspension wire

Product details

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

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320 mm
360 mm
4 kg
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Grey | Silver

IP20 for internal use only. All dimensions and weights are approximate.

Holophane

Manufacturer: Holophane

Holophane was founded in London in 1896. The name is derived from the Greek ‘Holos’ meaning whole and ‘phanos’ meaning light. The hallmark of all Holophane lights are their borosilicate pressed glass refractors - these are prisms built into the glass giving it a ribbed appearance that produces a combination of uplight and downlight. It's this spreading or refracting of light, illuminating spaces evenly, that accounts for their popularity. The Holophane ribbed glass refractor is a true vintage icon, and as Holophane is still in existence, continues to be used by the lighting industry today.

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I am very pleased with my purchase, it finishes off my dining room just perfectly. 

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Love the lamp - it is just what we needed to set off our new kitchen - will have pride of place over the breakfast bar. Excellent service from the company - was notified that delivery would be late by one day but was kept informed. Many thanks

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