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1970s Mod chrome chandelier by Moe. Coolest light ever.
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I’m very pleased to offer this astonishing circa-1970 pendant by Moe Lighting!
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.
I’ve only once before offered this remarkable a fixture. It was a thrill finding another one.
The fixture features (are you sitting down?) five very thick diamond-shaped pieces. Being from the 1970s the pieces are made of plastic, and they wondrously glow when the fixture is lighted. Being from the 1970s the pieces are also orange. To complete this 1970s high aesthetic, the fixture is – what else? – chrome.
Plastic. Orange. Chrome. Yep, retro heaven.
The fixture retains all its original components. I did rewire. With clear plastic. Of course.
So, if you are looking for the wildest, the most happening, and the way coolest light on Earth – and likely the entire galaxy – then this fixture may be ideal.
Wholly restored and with new wiring, this fixture is ready to hang, and comes with all the mounting hardware needed!
DETAILS: The fixture accepts one standard base 100W bulb.
COLOR: See above.
SIZE: The fixture hangs down 26-inches and is almost 17-inches wide. I can remove up to 6-1/2-inches of chain. I can add chain.
- The white globe is undamaged.
- The orange panels have some small chips where they fit into the fixture. There are subtle scratches.
- The chrome looks very good (see images). There’s no pitting. There are subtle scratches.
- The porcelain socket and wiring are new.
SHIPPING: Insured shipping in the Continental US will be…FREE!