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1950s Sputnik-style fixture by Virden
1 in stock
I’m very pleased to offer this astounding Mid-Century-Modern Sputnik-style ceiling fixture by Virden!
The VIRDEN Company
The John C. Virden Company was Canadian-based, at 19 Curity Ave in Toronto. They also had a US presence at 6103 Longfellow Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio. You can Google search the latter, and “stand” in front of the massive brick factory. It is now long abandoned, and its countless widows broken. 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.
This fixture is extraordinarily rare. Not only is this first time I have ever offered this fixture, I had not, till now, even seen this fixture!
There are two parts to the light. There is a 16-arm sputnik-style base. This, in itself, is dazzling, so much so that Virden offered the base as a stand-alone fixture.
And the shade? Wow. Wow! Just amazing. It is a whopping 20-inches wide. There are Atomic-age designs on the glass, and the outer edge has a lilac-colored hue. Yep, wow.
The overall height is not quite 9-inches, so the fixture is ideal for a room with a low-ish ceiling.
To me, finding such a fixture was a real thrill.
This fixture is ready to hang, and comes with all the mounting hardware needed!
DETAILS: The fixture accepts 16 candelabra-base 15W bulbs or lower.
COLOR: Gold. Glass.
SIZE: See above.
- The only issue is minor. Each socket has a thin brass socket housing. Two of these are cracked (from bulbs with too high a wattage). This is common to Sputnik fixtures. In any event, this is not readily obvious through the glass shade.
- The sockets and their wiring (modern plastic) are original, and all in fine shape.
SHIPPING: Insured shipping in the Continental US will be…FREE!