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1970s colonial-style chandelier by Moe. Very large 25 wide.
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I’m very pleased to offer this very large and fascinating circa-1975 Colonial-style 6-arm chandelier by Moe Light!
Two brothers, Henrik and Ole Moe, helped to found the Milwaukee-based Moe-Bridges lighting company in 1919. Later friction among various shareholders resulted in the brothers leaving the company in the late 1920s, and founding Moe Brothers Manufacturing.
In 1938, the company relocated to Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin, after the city agreed to sell land – adjacent to an all-important railroad line – to the company for one dollar. Moreover, the city built a modern plant (at 700 Oak Street), with the understanding that the company would pay rent of $1,800 for twenty years. The company was able to hire one hundred employees (no small figure in the Depression), and this increased to one hundred fifty two years later. In 1946, the company was able to pay off the bonds used to finance the Moe plant.
However, as was common, the company struggled to survive after the war years (where they made grenades, bazooka and bullet shells, anti-tank mines, and other military equipment). In 1948, Lee B. Thomas stepped in to save the company. In 1953, the corporation name was changed to Thomas Industries, although the lighting fixtures still carried the Moe Light brand label, and were marketed as such.
By 1963, Thomas was the largest employer in Fort Atkinson with 540 employees and sales of $41,000,000.
The Fort Atkinson plant was closed in 1986. But it wasn’t that long ago that this factory – like countless such factories across America – was teeming with life, and supporting millions of families. This, back when America actually made stuff. And quality stuff at that.
The large part:
The chandelier is a whopping 25-inches wide. Wow.
The fascinating part:
You know how the top of a real wax candle glows from the flame? Moe ingeniously figured out how to mimic the effect. The candles on this chandelier are plastic but really do look wax-like. Importantly they are made to fit over a standard-size socket except the sockets on this fixture are candelabra-sized. The empty space between socket/candle actually allows light to spill down – and thus, presto, the top of the candle glows like a real candle (see image #4). This is why I purchased the chandelier! I’ve never seen this detail anywhere. I love it!
The whole fixture has a brass-like finish with patina. It will not require polishing.
I rarely get fixtures this large. It will be a knock-out in the right room, and is ideal for a living/dining room, or a kitchen. A large kitchen! For some reason though I envision the chandelier in a luxurious weekend cabin with a high vaulted ceiling. Curious.
This fixture is ready to hang, and comes with all the mounting hardware needed!
DETAILS: The fixture accepts six candelabra base 60W bulbs.
COLOR: The finish is brass-like with patina.
SIZE: The fixture hangs down 31-inches and is 25-inches wide. I can remove up to 6-inches of chain. I can add chain.
- I love writing this: there’s no damage.
- The sockets are original (and in fine shape). The wires inside the tube arms are also original (and in fine shape, too). I replaced the vertical wire with the same type plastic wire as the original.
SHIPPING: Insured shipping in the Continental US will be…FREE!