This is the largest and most impressive early mirrored lamp we have ever seen. We found this rare example in Canada where it was originally used to light a playhouse lobby. It has 125 individual mirrors in 3 rows, 16 bulbs on 2 rows and the original gas jet ring. The shade is signed Wheeler on a brass plaque.
Now on display at our new Early Electrics Showroom, 115 North Water Street, Peekskill NY 10567
We were told that this one-of-a-kind hand made lamp originally came from the NY Worlds Fair. There were no markings and it’s unsigned so we can’t be sure of its origin. The quality and precision of the machining is beyond what would be found on a lamp. We would guess that it was a 6 lens projector that displayed images or patterns on the floor or ceiling. When we rewired the fixture we took out a 500W projector bulb and replaced the socket for a standard bulb. Each tube has a glass lens and an external frame that holds an angled mirror. This makes on of the most unique mid-century modern lamps we have ever seen. It has a real space age look to it. I wonder if someone important created this… $4200
We have one of the largest and most diverse collections of medical lighting out there. If you’re looking for a large operating room lamp to light a conference room or rent as a movie prop you’ll find it here. You may be hunting for a small and unique light for reading… That’s in stock as well. Our newest addition is pictured above. It’s what seasoned collectors consider the Holy Grail of medical lighting. The turn-of-the-century Dentiscope by Pittsburg Electric Speciaties Co of Pittsburg, PA is simple, elegant and very rare. It was one of the first electrified examples to replace the gas lamp for medical use. This beautiful all original example is mounted on the longer double jointed articulated swing arm wall bracket. The lamp itself it totally unique. It has a center mounted milk glass globe that glows. In addition there is a lensed focusing spot light that has an iris similar to those found in early cameras. This Dentiscope would be an amazing addition to any antique dental equipment collection, or as an interesting bedside lamp. The patina is untouched and original as well. All we did was replace the bulb and rewire it with period twisted fabric covered cord. What a conversation piece… $1600
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I’m guessing that this lamp it 1930s-1940s. They were salvaged from an old school gymnasium. It’s difficult to judge scale from pictures on this type of lamp, but it’s larger than you may think. With a 20 inch diameter they’re quite impressive. This lamp can be use in two different ways. They are typically seen as ceiling flush mounted lighting. As an oversized sconce they transform into something totally unexpected. I think these look best set at the same height running down a long wall like portholes. The lamps have an interesting added feature. The shade is frosted except for one side that remains clear. That gives the lamp the added ability to be directional. As a sconce the clear section can aim to the floor or on the ceiling it can point to light a wall with art. The lens is a deep half sphere in heavy cast frosted glass with a bee hive type ribbed pattern. Each lamp takes three bulbs. We have a of these in stock… $625 each
This week our listings ranged from Gothic to Space Age. We have a picker in Italy that has been finding some of the best quality Mid-Century Modern designs to date. On the other side of the spectrum we were lucky to acquire the salvage rights to a large collection of matching early 20th century lighting. All are now on display in our New York showroom.
Pictured is one of a collection of Gothic amber glass ceiling flush mounted lamps. It has an impressive 22 inch diameter and is 12 inches deep. These also work equally well as a hanging pendant. The frame is hammered iron with cast decorative inserts. All the glass is curved amber with a hammered finish. It takes three bulbs and gives off a warm rich light.
In addition we have a collection of 15 inch flush mounts and larger more elaborate chandeliers.
Steve and Dan Erenberg
These impressive 1930s fixtures are a mixture of municipal, industrial and Art Deco. It’s nice that they are a bit of New York Cities history. The look is very simple and powerful. Their large size also makes them dramatic. We have a collection of 6 lamps. Buy one or all 6… $4200 each. We can’t replace these.
We have a nice collection of these original and unique mercury glass pendants. The inside is mirrored and the outside has a copper plating that has a Verdigris patina finish. The look is rustic and unlike anything else we have offered, these lamps are about 75 to 100 years old and some have the original tag still on them. We have about 50 of these… $350 each
We cut our teeth on early industrial lighting and have tried to stay close to that esthetic. But the more focused we are on lighting the more we discover. Some of the large, rare and important modern examples are amazing. The variety, inventiveness and striking space age quality just can’t be ignored. Part of the fun is in discovering new things and growing. Soon you will see some of the best mid century lighting right here. Above is just a sample of what is on the way from Europe. We can’t wait to hang them in the showroom. That’s if we even get the chance.
Steve and Dan Erenberg
“Run by father-and-son team Steve and Daniel Marc Erenberg, this store and showroom is filled with turn-of-the century mechanical devices and curios, as well as unique refashioned lighting and lamps. But are the goods truly unique? When we stopped by recently, an 1840 papier-mâché anatomical model of a horse had just been delivered.”
“115 North Water Street, Peekskill New York 10566
(914) 402-1790; earlyelectrics.com and radio-guy.net
I’m just back from an interesting trip up the Rhine. In Germany we discovered Siegfried’s Mechanical Music Museum in Rüdesheim… one of the best mechanical music museums in the world. In Holland we were chasing windmills as well as antique lamps. There we found a unique Arts and Crafts style called “The Amsterdam School” and brought back a few striking examples. These will soon show up on our website. It’s a distinctive style worth keeping your eye on. Now we are off to the Brimfield MA flea market looking for more treasures.