Can you help identify these lights?

chestnut3March 23, 2011

Hi- I have a 1929 brick colonial with these light fixtures. I plan to have them rewired and restored to the original finish. I would like to find a chandelier and fixtures that would complement them to replace some ugly 1980s fixtures. Does anyone know what vintage they are? Colonial revival? Art deco? Classical revival? I have been told they are polychrome under all that white paint. Thanks for your help!

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This light looks alot like ones that Rejuvenation has - they classify them as neoclassical, or classical revival:

Hope that helps

    Bookmark   March 23, 2011 at 1:18PM
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I like yours better than Rejuvenation's!

Is that heraldry or cresting I see on the fixture? Don't know much about that, but you could try looking up that pattern for more clues.

My house has a sunflower motif in its hardware and carvings. I like the underlying meaning: turning toward the sun: optimism, warmth, and loyalty. I can definitely go with that.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2011 at 4:04PM
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Antique reproduction lightbulbs are needed to complete the picture.


    Bookmark   March 23, 2011 at 4:33PM
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I suspect they are original to the house. My parent's home was built right about 1930.....and it has a fixture very like that in several rooms, only it was a dark matte brass and hand painted overlay.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2011 at 8:21PM
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Thanks for your input everyone! Calliope- is the hand painted overlay in various colors? I'm afraid if I take off the paint, that overlay will come off too if it is there. Do you have any pictures?

    Bookmark   March 24, 2011 at 7:55PM
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Yes it is on one of the fixtures. I can't remember the one in the living room, if it is or not. Yes, I can get a picture, but it may take me a few days.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2011 at 8:53PM
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I bet that white paint would come off easily, especially if they used a paint formulated for ceilings. Anyhow, I think it you take them down and remove the sockets, a soak in hot water and dish soap would soften the white paint enough to remove it without taking off the enamel polychrome colors.

If that doesn't do it, I'd try putting them on the stove in a big pot of simmering water. That's worked for lots of my stuff.

    Bookmark   March 25, 2011 at 8:01PM
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Fori is not pleased

Goodness that's awful! That's worse than painting brick!

I hope you can get those back to the original finish. Check craigslist and ebay for similar fixtures. Architectural salvage places might have them, especially the flush mounts.

Try "antique ceiling light" on eBay just to get an idea of what people call these things.

    Bookmark   March 26, 2011 at 7:14PM
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