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1970s Hollywood-Regency sconces by Moe. FOUR
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I’m very pleased to offer FOUR remarkable circa-1970s Hollywood-Regency style wall sconces!
If you love the Hollywood-Regency style – and, well, who doesn’t? – then you’ll be mad for this pair.
The sconces have several extraordinary features:
- They are large! At 13-1/2-inches high they make quite a statement!
- The shades have a delicate filigree design in gold.
- The fitters are made out of porcelain, and also feature delicate gold designs. Gorgeous!
The sconces are marked Thomas, more commonly known as 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.
Moe Light never did anything like these sconces. I’d love to learn their story.
The porcelain fitters are beautifully made. Really, a pleasure to admire.
I love how the filigree design on the shades is complemented by the gold design on the porcelain fitters. Nice.
The sconces can be used in any room, including a bathroom.
For a long time I’ve had a dream. One day (cue dramatic music) a buyer will contact me. They, too, love love love porcelain, and wonder if their whole house could be filled with nothing but. I gasp! And reply: Why yes! Please just click here: PORCELIER
Wholly restored and with new sockets and wiring, this pair is ready to hang, and comes with all the mounting hardware needed!
DETAILS: The fixtures each accept one standard base 60W bulb.
COLOR: White and gold.
SIZE: See above. As well, the back-plates are 4-3/4-inches wide. The shades are 5-inches wide at top. The sconces project 6-1/-inches.
- The only issue is minor. The gold filigree on one shade is a little worn in one area. However, if this is turned to wall you won’t see it.
- The sockets and wiring are new.
SHIPPING: Insured shipping in the Continental US will be…FREE!