Thursday, June 16, 2016

Antique Light Fixtures: Original or Restored?

By Gretchen Sawatzki

If there is anything that we are good at it's taking a diamond in the rough and transforming it into something special. Every now and then we are faced with double the trouble when pairs of light fixtures are in need of some work.

Two pairs of light fixtures, one in each pair has its original finish.
Image by Michael Newberry.

The worst thing a restoration specialist can do is take a matching pair of light fixtures and turn them into distant relatives inside of twins. So, when these two pairs walked into our shop, we took extra special care to make sure these twins remained identical.

After a surface restoration these two light fixtures look identical, but the fixture on
the right has a newly restored finish. Image by Hannah Manning via Materials Unlimited.

Unfortunately, one twin from each pair was in serious need of surface restoration while the other one had the original polychrome finish and patina intact. By stripping what remained of the scratched and chipped polychrome, we were able to repaint and patina the brass to properly match its twin.

One light fixture in each pair has its original polychrome finish, the other does not, can you spot the fixtures with the freshly restored surface finish?

These two light fixtures may look identical but the fixture on the right has a newly restored finish.
Image by Hannah Manning via Materials Unlimited.






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