I've been buying extraordinary objects for 40 years. Five novels have emerged from my obsession with 20th century's rare designs. Some of my collection is for sale.
Van der Graff classroom high voltage generator. Aluminum and plexiglass. Fully operational but needs a rubber band belt. 40”h x 14” diameter.
Edison Mazda light bulb display stand. Super rare; perhaps only example known. Canadian patent. A double spinable lazy Susan mechanism lights one bulb at a time using a clever interior cam mechanism.Able to demonstrate eight different lamp filaments with a bulb on top that is always lit. Signed with a sweet brass plaque on original dark finish. Brass arms. Includes a “press-in” light bulb tester on the base. Original heavy wiring intact. Works just fine, but needs cam adjustments inside. 25”h x 14” diameter.
Westinghouse Mazda lamp hanging trade sign for Sauers Electric Co. Illuminated in both sections. Original weathered glass panels. One side perfect; the other side with repaired crack. Works fine. 25”h x 20”w x 6”deep. I’ve never seen another one like it. Hangs from metal chain.
Ultra rare Faries Co. adjustable user picture lamp. Solid brass in old patinaed finish. Signed. Rewired. Works fine.
Burton lamp Co. double swing arm task lamp. original nickel over iron. With mercury glass signed shade. Rewired. Extends to 50”. main arm measures 30” Signed
Emeralite over painting sconce with movable “Eye” cylinder. Nicely signed over original finish. Super rare.
O C White clamp on desk lamp. Sweet clamp mechanism. Original finish Iron. First adjustable arm:26”. Second swing arm, signed: 10”. Third arm 21” long. works. Complete with unusual cased green glass shade diffuser.
All original holophane glass hanging lamp from upstate NY hardware store. Completely pure as found on the ceiling, including original six socket Benjamin cluster.. 32” drop. 15.5” shade diameter. Works great.
Hanging holophane four light fixture with original pagoda ruffled shades underneath top shade. Amazing lamp. Spectacular when lit. 19” shade diameter. 20” drop length. The ruffled shades are replacements but original vintage holophanes. Crack in the holophane eyeball under shade but it is intact. wonderful original sockets with special spring mount fitter rings.
Ultra cool hanging industrial lamp with original Emeralite cased green glass dome. 39” drop. 8” diameter. sweet original in line pull chain mechanism and wonderful brass shade holder. Original old faded green paint. Solid brass throughout.
All original wall-mounted task lamp with mirrored tin reflector shade. A wonderful piece of turn of the century machinist illumination. great adjusting mechanisms. perfect old finish. 14”l x 20” high 9’ diameter shade.Possible mirror replacements
Solid brass two arm hanging lamp with prairie school leaded shades. 38” drop. 12”w x 6’Deep.Shades perfect. no cracks. Nifty brass pull chain extender. Rewired. Works fine.
Ultra rare cased green glass barn light with four green secondary under shades. I speculated for twenty years if there was a cased green glass flat shade that had the shape of tin service station industrial reflectors, and here it is. 17”w main shade.40” drop. all brass with original old white paint. Rare understructure including cased green glass “eye’ as a spacer. All glass perfect. Includes a drop down push button on/off switch. Needs rewire.
Cased green green glass hanging four light fixture. Totally original, including Emeralite “eye” separator under the main shade and original hardware including acorn pull chain built in. 17”w cased green glass reflector. All original from ceiling to pull chjan. Brass. Rarer than hen’s teeth.
Fine OC White articulating wall task lamp. Original white porcelain metal shade. Signed. Original heavy wire. Works just fine. 26” from wall. 25” top to bottom. 6” shade diameter.