Thursday, April 14, 2011

SOLD 1930's adjustable bakelite factory sconce - $85

an original industrial relic from a machine shop in south king county, this Penetray Corp. bakelite socket sconce is a thing of beauty. it was mounted along the back wall of the shop, illuminating a whole bunch of meticulously organized tools and hardware. sort of sad to be removed from its natural habitat, but this is just too pretty to be buried away in a vacant building. as you can tell from the photos, it's been well-used and well-loved. there's some visible patina on the metal canopy (finished in a baked brown enamel) but this prize has countless years of life ahead of it. the attached metal cage ensures your edison bulb has ample protection from flying hand tools or stray elbows, and the pivoting Bakelite stem bends to a 90 degree angle making this a super functional sconce. or, simply stand it upright as i've done here and you've got yourself a perfectly cool table lamp. (edison bulb not included, but sold for an additional $15.)

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