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1950s foyer fixture
1 in stock
I’m very pleased to offer this striking Mid-Century foyer/hall ceiling fixture by Moe!
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 fixture is brass, and has dramatic Atomic-age styling. I love the exaggerated finial.
The shade is lovely, and features leaves cut into the glass. This is the fist time I have ever found the fixture with its original shade in situ.
Wholly restored and with a new socket and wiring, this fixture is ready to hang, and comes with all the mounting hardware needed!
- The fixture accepts one standard base 60W bulb.
- The mounting buttons is a replacement.
COLOR: Brass. Glass.
SIZE: The fixture hangs down 14-1/2-inches and is 6-1/2-inches wide.
- I love writing this: there’s no damage.
- The brass retains its original lacquer. This is in very good vintage condition; there are small dark spots where air has gotten to the brass.
- The socket and wiring are original and in fine condition.
SHIPPING: Insured shipping in the Continental US will be…FREE!