Lighting 1910 to 1930

Endlessly inventive, Teens and Twenties lighting fixtures still appeal today.

Arroyo Craftsman’s Berkley fixture.

1. FANCIFULLY DARK
In a deep bronze finish with amber mica shades, the Berkeley short-body ceiling light straddles Arts & Crafts movement and 1920s Storybook style. The fixture measures 16″ wide x 10 ” high. Arroyo Craftsman, (626) 960-9411, arroyocraftsman.com

The Arden chandelier by Old California Lighting.

2. LIGHT SHOWERS
Shown in the New Verde finish, the Arden chandelier is an example of the “shower fixture” popular 1910–1920. Cascading from an inverted-dome base, sockets are fitted with reproduction shades. Old California Lighting, (800) 577-6679, oldcalifornia.com

Solid-brass Virginian double sconce by House of Antique Hardware.

3. COLONIAL, POLISHED
Brass fixtures were rare in the Colonies, but 1920s Revival sconces often had a polished-brass finish.The solid-brass Virginian double sconce is 11″ tall x 10″ wide. House of Antique Hardware, (888) 223-2545, houseofantiquehardware.com

Authentic Designs’ Monticello Federalist Table Lamp.

4. SHADED CANDELABRA
The Monticello Federalist Table Lamp in burnished brass adds an aluminum shade to a candelabra form. The lamp is 22″ tall x 17″ wide. Authentic Designs, (800) 844-9416, authenticdesigns.com

Ball and Ball’s gaslight lantern.

5. GOTHIC GASLIGHT
The cast bronze lantern is based on an antique drawing. With an open-flame gas burner, it’s 27″ tall x 11″ wide. Also in pier-mount and hanging styles. Ball and Ball, (610) 363-7330, ballandball.com


By Mary Ellen Polson

Mary Ellen Polson is a writer and Senior Editor for Arts & Crafts Homes, Early Homes, and Old House Journal.

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