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Rare Arc Burst Holophane Cluster Pendant by Benjamin Item # R7319
Although the Industrial style spans a broad era – ranging from before the turn of the century through the 1940’s—the moniker typically refers more to function than to period. As utility is key, design efforts are focused more on efficiency than ornamentation. Articulating joints, powerful reflector shades, hard-working materials and no-nonsense finishes characterize Industrial-style lighting. From hand-painted illuminated-shade signage to porcelain enamel warehouse pendants, if the first function of the fixture is to assist, it’s probably an Industrial light.
Historical Style: Industrial
Something of the holy grail for Holophane fans, this variant of the 'Arc Burst' pendant has three matching prismatic shades plus a matching reflector above. The shades were manufactured by Holophane, the most famous maker of prismatic glass shades. Pretty as they are, prismatic shades were designed according to scientific principles, with each prism adjoining the next at the precise angle that reflects the most light (a true help when the only bulbs available were quite dim). Imagine, then, the effect of light-amplifying shades amplified by a large arc shade above them! While the shades are marvelous, they would be nowhere without the pendant. Manufactured by Benjamin Electric Manufacturing Company, which patented the first cluster socket design in 1901, it features a chain pendant, cluster and socket holders in original patinated brass. A rare find, even for those on the hunt for cluster pendants.
Condition Notes: Plenty of wear in the original brass fixture and original finish. All 4 holophane shades are intact.
Bulbs not included.
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Rare Arc Burst Holophane Cluster Pendant by Benjamin