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vintage white industrial pendant light
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Vintage British Lighting by Benjamin

Era: 1950s Origin: UK

Vintage industrial pendant lighting by British manufacturer 'Benjamin'. Vitreous enamelled white steel reflectors with lacquered steel galleries with cast manufacturers marks. Slight wear to the enamel adds character and emphasises the age and industrial heritage of the products.

 

pair of white industrial pendant lights
detail of steel galley on Benjamin enamel pendants
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.

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455 mm
490 mm
4.5 kg
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White

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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