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polished aluminium shade with porcelain gallery pendants by Simplex
Reference 15_2455

Vintage British pendants by 'REAL'

Era: 1950s Origin: UK

Stunning industrial pendant lighting by British manufacturers REAL. A polished aluminium shade with original convex glass underside and a porcelain and aluminium upper gallery, featuring manufactures cast detailing 'REAL: Made in England'.

 

group of polished aluminium shade with porcelain gallery pendants by Simplex
suspended pair of polished aluminium shade with porcelain gallery pendants by Simplex
detail view of glass screens and polished aluminium pendants by simplex
detail view of porcelain and aluminium gallery on simplex industrial 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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Restoration

Where possible we retain the original finish of a light - it is part of its history and emphasises its heritage. However, sometimes leaving a surface as we find it just isn’t possible. Some lights made from non-ferrous metals, such as aluminium, arrive so severely degraded we need to remove their outer layers to allow any further surface treatment to be applied. We do this using an environmentally friendly technique known as ‘soda blasting’. Soda blasting works by applying bicarbonate of soda to a surface under high pressure. The crystals explode at the point of impact and this ‘blasts’ the layer of degradation away - leaving the surface clean for the next stage in restoration.

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Product details

Supplied with bayonet (B22) lamp holder, 2mtrs of suspension chain, elephant grey braided cable and ceiling mounting plate.

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255 mm
260 mm
2.5 kg
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Silver | Creme

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

R.E.A.L

Manufacturer: R.E.A.L

R.E.A.L. (Rowlands Electrical Accessories Ltd) were founded in 1926 and based in Birmingham. They manufactured a wide range of lighting fixtures for industrial use with the products’ glass enclosures or enamel shades always being embossed with the distinctive R.E.A.L. mark. It is not known what became of the company but it is assumed they were swallowed during the mass mergers of the 1960s. The last catalogue we have in our archive is dated 1953.

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