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Eastern Bloc factory lights

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imposing black enamel shades with polished galleries
Reference 13_1594

Eastern Bloc factory lights

Era: 1950s Origin: Czechoslovakia (former)

A fantastic run of imposing factory shades salvaged from industrialised areas in the south of the former Czechoslovakia. Enamelled reflectors with intricate polished aluminium galleries featuring cast maker's marks.

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group of imposing black enamel shades with polished galleries
manufactures casting on polished glalleries on industrial pendant light
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Origin: Czechoslovakia (former)

Much of the lighting we salvage and restore from the former Eastern Bloc was produced in the manufacturing powerhouses of the former Czechoslovakia. Under Communist rule the same design was often manufactured in three scaled versions to cater for varying bulb wattage. The country is also famed for its beautiful glassware, with both wall and ceiling opaline glass lights often being used in public and residential settings, such as housing blocks and schools.

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industrial black enamel 1950s pendant lighting above worktop with vase

Restoration

Different materials require different processes. At skinflint we are fascinated by interesting surfaces and patinas, that’s why we tend not to repaint our lights as this can make them look too ‘new’ and they lose some of their of individuality. During restoration non-ferrous metals such as aluminium are often sealed using crystalline waxes, or occasionally left raw so the surface can develop an interesting lustre over time. All forms of surface sealing are designed to protect and enhance the surface of the lights.

grey fabric braided power cable with galvanized chain and ceiling rose

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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430 mm
520 mm
6.3 kg
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Black (White internal)

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

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Beautiful little ceiling plate. Elegant. Functional. Well made. Simple to install. Top quality. Excellent condition. Excellent 

- Jonny | East Sussex | UK

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Thank you for the great service with the lights. I am thrilled with them.

- Vanessa | London | UK