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Vintage British factory shades

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xl large grey industrial enamel parabolic pendant by Benjamin
Reference 15_2259

Vintage British factory shades

Era: 1950s Origin: UK

British factory shades by 'Benjamin' which were originally designed to illuminate signs, shop windows and industrial workspaces. Enamelled asymmetrical shades with original manufactures label, polished aluminium gallery and removable original branded convex glass screen.

 

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xl large grey industrial enamel parabolic pendant by Benjamin
xl large industrial parabolic pendant by Benjamin with polished aluminium gallery
original label on grey enamel industrial pendant by Benjamin
xl large grey industrial enamel parabolic pendant 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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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.

grey braided cable for lighting and industrial suspension chain

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
620 mm
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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