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Vintage Czech opaline lights (V1)

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opaline and bakelite vintage czech ceiling light
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Vintage Czech opaline lights (V1)

Era: 1950s Origin: Czechoslovakia (former)

Vintage surface mounted lights salvaged from the former Czechoslovakia. A hemispherical opaline glass shade with a contrasting brushed steel and bakelite rear enclosure. The opaline glass provides a nice even glow and distribution of light when they are illuminated. 

 

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detail of opaline and bakelite czech wall lights
czechoslovakia former country map

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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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 the restoration, ferrous metals such as iron and steel will usually have a clear lacquer powder-coated onto the surface to prevent oxidisation. All forms of surface sealing are designed to protect and enhance the surface of the lights.

base detail of steel and bakelite wall light

Product details

Each light is supplied with 2no. new screw (E27) lamp holders. The lights are suitable for use as both wall and ceiling fittings.

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330 mm
160 mm
1.6 kg
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White | Gun Metal Grey

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

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A quick word from our customers

Beautiful Light! 

I toyed with this light for ages before I bought it, thinking it was a lot of money. When I eventually ordered and received the light, I was not disappointed. I love this light, so heavy, chunky and in my eyes, gorgeous. It will look brilliant in my dining room, in my newly renovated farmhouse. 

- Tina | Cheshire | UK

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I love the light and Cara was fantastic with bulb advice and sending me a copy of the picture of the engine it came from. Great service thanks.

- Marcus | Letchworth | UK

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Love it!

- Michael | Middlesex | UK

Just what I had been looking for

I was very happy with the products I received. They arrived quickly and were packed brilliantly and professionally. There was no way they were going to be damaged in transit.

- Shakilah | Buckinghamshire | UK