Wednesday, 11 April 2018

Ex Hollywood Luminary With Historic Canadian Connection Exposed in Plane Site

When originally purchased, this classic 1940’s Mole Richardson 10 inch type 410, Fresnel-lensed movie lamp was painted light blue and had “AVRO” written across the bottom of its casing. The seller said that it would be interesting if the light was from the company that designed and built the famous Avro Arrow fighter jet from the 50’s. I didn’t take it seriously until, when stripping the paint off the unit’s collapsible stand, I came across an oval metal tag with the name “A.V. Roe” stamped on it. I Googled the name and be darned if it is not the company that DID build that airplane. I scoured the internet Avro archives but could not source a photo containing a similar lamp - but none-the-less, that is its origin. The fixture was disassembled, stripped, repaired, reassembled, polished and converted to operate with a standard household bulb. It is a rare variation of this size of lamp with many brass and aluminum elements and fittings including the original heavy duty on/off switch. The stand expands to a height of more than 10 feet, the unit has an extra long cord and the beam can be adjusted from flood to spot with the twist of a knob. It is ready to plug in and shine and would be the focal point of any residential or commercial venue. Many similar units on 1stDibs and Etsy are going for $1500 to $2800+ without the provenance so a very good buy at this price. Beautiful patina - quite large and extremely handsome.

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Sunday, 11 March 2018

Famous Hollywood Movie Light Refurbished and Converted

Genuine vintage Mole Richardson “Baby Solar” studio lamp as typically seen on Hollywood movie sets with 6 inch Fresnel lens, fully functioning spot to flood-type beam, a wheeled, fully adjustable stand and reconditioned shutters (barn doors). Newly dismantled, sandblasted, sealed and reconfigured to illuminate a 60w household bulb instead of the very intense original 500w. variant.
Handsome and elegant, it will flatter any residential or commercial venue - adds visual drama to architectural features and/or artistic d├ęcor. List on Easy and 1stDibs for hundreds even thousands more - only $600

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Redefined One-of-a-kind Designed With Musically Inclined in Mind

This brand new, one-of-a-kind lighting fixture is fabricated from a repurposed, metal snare drum secured on a chromed, tubular column and mounted on a substantial, black marble base. The lamp stands just over 5 feet tall and rests on plastic pads to prevent floor damage.The unit is lit by 3 standard, household bulbs and operated by an illuminated foot switch. A sure focal point whether in a commercial or residential venue - pendant and table drum light variations are available as well as an array of other different styles of fixtures ranging from classic to steampunk - all designed and hand made in my Corktown studio.This unit - just $600.



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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Rebuilt American Studio Spot/floodlight

Now available are numerous reconditioned and refurbished studio spotlights including this 65 year old steampunk-style unit that comes replete with a 6 inch Fresnel lens, levers allowing the light beam to adjust from spot (narrow) to flood (wide) and a chrome plated and wheeled stand that adjusts to 9 feet in height. Unit is constructed primarily of steel with brass and aluminum components. This piece was stripped to bare metal, polished and converted to accommodate regular household bulbs. The fixture was manufactured by Photogenic Machine Co. of Ohio under the name Vari•Beam which thrives to this day. Ornate and handsome piece - $750








Monday, 8 August 2016

Offbeat Snare

Another departure in styling is indicated by this unique pendant created in the guise of a chrome-finished, recycled and repurposed snare drum. The piece measures 22" in diameter and has a depth of 26" but can be shortened to accommodate a lower ceiling if required. The fixture is illuminated by two 60watt bulbs and replete with wiring, is grounded and ready to mount in any residential or commercial environment - $350




Saturday, 20 February 2016

Steampunk Fantasy

A new steampunk-oriented variation on the fan theme, this fixture measures 22" on the width with a depth of 28". It is comprised of the chrome fan cage, drum kit pieces, many brass and steel elements from vintage fixtures, pressure gauges from a German respirator, a custom made light socket mechanism replete with 4 Edison-type bulbs and matching canopy. Suitable for commercial or residential placement.




Sunday, 6 December 2015

FanTastic

14" wide by 17" deep
Expanding on the theme, this piece is comprised of two floor lamp trilight elements, oil lamp pieces and a custom designed and fabricated socket structure plus a 14" fan cage. Supplied with decorative chain and canopy ready to mount.