This unique new lamp was designed by Eren Berg Studios and produced by Boston Vally Terra Cotta craftsman. It was created exclusively for Early Electrics. This is a beautifully glazed heavy terra cotta lamp that was inspired by turn-of-the-century cast iron French street lights. The finish is kiln fired producing a subtle patina in a dark matt green gray. It has the feel and finish of Teco pottery and has a look and finish all its own. The lamp has an oval shape that is 12 inches wide and 8 inches deep. Overall hight not including the pipe is 12 inches. The domed glass is frosted and held in place by a blackened steel plate and brass thumb screws. The shade is also topped with a domed rain cap. $675 each.
These 90-year-old fixtures were recently salvaged out of a Masonic theatre and dates to 1920s. They didn’t spare any expense with this building and the lighting was one of its highlights. They don’t get richer looking than this. The lamps weighty construction is testament to its quality. This large example is extremely well made and very tasteful. It was the main light in the lobby and it has 25 bulbs. It’s wired for 3 switches… The bottom cluster of 5… Every other light on the outer ring… 10 and 10. The lamp must be 60 lbs easy. It’s not the typical stamped decorative brass construction. This was foundry cast and hand finished in heavy bronze. It hangs by 4 brass rods. We also have quantities of 7, 4 and single bulb bronze lamps. You won’t be disappointed with these.
Our new showroom is now open:
115 North Water Street.
Peekskill, NY, 10566.
Machine Age Frosted Dome Pendant and sconce…
We found a large collection of early frosted dome shades. This inspired us to design a new lamp around them. The look is a bit Industrial, machine age with a hint of Art Deco and the overall feel is very modern. We were very excited when the first example went together. Yes we excite easily! The dome has a 7.5 inch diameter.
Pendent $425, Sconce $450
Writer Joel Heumann is a local Realtor & big booster of Peekskill.
I stopped in front of this place several times in the past few months, peering in through the reflected glare at the treasures inside. Tried my best to take some photos. Those shots could best be described as “artsy”; meaning you can’t make out much, but you like it anyhow.
A few weeks ago, the window announced that the place was called “Early Electric”. Googled it. Nothing useful. How could a joint with such cool stuff fly so far under the radar?
This past Monday a guy inside noticed me & opened up. Finally! It was even better, far better, than I expected.
Steve Erenberg and his son Daniel own ‘Early Electrics‘… with an “s”, and its sister company ‘Radio Guy’. Internet searches being what they are, that extra “s” makes all the difference.
Steve is a retired Madison Avenue advertising exec. He & Dan bought the 1880’s landmark building at 115 North Water Street, gutted and transformed it into a showcase and work space for Early Electrics as well as Steve’s odd collection of antiques and curios. The key to its appeal lies in Steve’s gifted eye for the slightly macabre mixed with some steampunk aesthetic and a healthy dollop of Industrial Age modernism and great placement of the items in a beautiful old space.
Early Electrics makes up over 50% of the Erenbergs’ business. What they do is restore antique lighting; take antique or industrial artifacts and re-purpose them as antique-style lighting and design retro lighting fixtures from scratch. Most of their business comes via 1stdibs.com, designers and decorators, who can, for example, order 100 or more units at a time for a new restaurant. The recently opened Hudson Room restaurant at 23 S. Division Street, right around the corner from The Paramount Theater here in Peekskill had their lighting designed and built by Early Electrics.
Steve’s collection takes up most of the display space, and it’s more fun to go through than any antiques store and most museums I’ve visited. Masks and helmets, posters and walking sticks, medical and anatomical ephemera… simply a hodge-podge of offbeat yet tasteful items share space with the lighting displays. Again, designers and decorators make up most of the clientèle, yet interestingly, pieces are frequently rented by TV shows and movie production companies. Steve has also been a guest expert on shows like American Pickers and Oddities.
Check out their websites at http://www.EarlyElectrics.com and http://www.Radio-Guy.net. The storefront is open “by appointment or serendipity”; meaning “if the door’s open, great”…
Early Electrics and Radio Guy Showrooms
115 N. Water St, Peekskill
R&B star John Legend and his wife, cover girl Chrissy Teigen, find a rhythm all their own at an intimate Manhattan apartment designed by Don Stewart. Early Electrics Provided the lighting for their new kitchen island. These original ” Large Plate Holophane” lamps were designed by Daniel Marc Erenberg.
This was a nice story with very good pictures and a short video interview… Hope I didn’t make a fool of myself.
To see the whole thing go to this link (Journal News- Early Electrics)
It’s always best to visit in person. The new Early Electrics & Radio Guy showroom is located at:
115 North Water Street
Peekskill, New York 10566
Steve or Dan Erenberg
This is an early pair of carriage lanterns. They are a matching left/right pair or mirror image pair. The 7 inch diameter convex lens is thick beveled glass. The side lights are curved beveled glass. The finish is untouched and shows an aged patina. Highlights on the lamp are nickel plated. They have been updated to take a standard bulb and fitted with a cast brass canopy to cover the electrical box…. $1500 for the pair.
Some consider this type of lamp the “Holy Grail” of industrial lighting and typical of the rare odd objects and lamps you will find on my web pages. This is the first example we have ever seen. It’s a smaller version of the revolutionary Opery Multibeam operating room lamp. Its designed to send multiple spots of light to a single point on a table. This allows the surgeon to work with no shadows. The 4 cast metal articulated lamps have 4 corresponding reflector mirrors. Each concave mirror is articulated as and can be angled to pinpoint the light. The whole unit hangs from a single point. The parts are all cast and machined… This lamp as with all medical equipment was costly and overbuilt. I was told that this may have been used in a Veterinarians office. You can’t make a more dramatic visual statement than this lamp! The lamp is rewired and ready to use… SOLD