1920s Duplexalite


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I’m delighted to offer this extraordinary brass Duplexalite!

But what, you may ask, is a Duplexalite?

The Duplexalite Company had a standard model (from top to bottom):

Ceiling canopy.
Socket housing.
Three thin arms that hold a metal shade and a glass shade.
Large metal shade.
Bottom glass shade. This shade hangs below the metal shade about an inch. This allows light from the large bulb to be refracted up to the outside of the big metal shade – making it glow magically. The effect at night is truly stunning.

So, these 6 components comprise a Duplexalite and while the components don’t change their design does for respective models. Duplexalite’s were popular from the 1920s through the 1940s and were (and still are) even in the White House.

This Duplexalite is brass. The large shade has wonderful embossed patterns.

The bottom custard glass is quite thick, and features a starburst pattern in relief. Gorgeous.

Also note that the fixture retains all its original components, including the finial, chain, and ceiling canopy.

I wish to stress the quality of lighting that is common to all Duplexalite’s. Because most of the light is thrown towards the ceiling, a most flattering, diffused light results. With a dimmer, the light intensity can be easily controlled.

The new wiring is cloth-covered like the original.

This stunning Duplexalite has been restored, rewired, and is ready to hang!

DETAILS: The fixture has a Mogul base socket, with a reducer. So, a standard base bulb can be used. I suggest a 300W-equivalent LED dimmable bulb.
COLOR: See above.
The fixture hangs down 25-1/2-inches, overall. I can remove up to 5-inches of chain.
The shade is almost 14-1/2-inches wide.
I love writing this: the fixture is undamaged.
The heavy duty porcelain socket is original. The wiring is new, cloth covered, and lovely.
The canopy has a small hole for a full chain. I placed a brass button over this.
SHIPPING: Insured shipping in the Continental US will be…FREE!