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July 29, 2011

MCM Home Improvement: Pole Lights

By Sablemable aka Jan


By request from reader Kirk W, here are a few retro pole lights that are for sale on Ebay and Etsy.


From Etsy seller UncommonEye, this orange/brown fabric pole light goes for $210.00.




Seller acidstamp has this brown shaded pole light up for bid on Ebay.  Starting bid is $37.50 and bidders have 2 days, 10 hours left to place a bid.




Another Ebay auction from seller 4evermemories is this white glass globe pole light.  Bidding started at $49.99 and will end in 5 days, 5 hours.




From seller PhatDog on Etsy, this pole light with raised type mosaic tiles in orange, red and brown is going for $175.00.



Seller LostFoundcollective on Etsy has this black bullet light is priced at $110.00.




And, lastly, from Etsy seller noble001, here is a fiberglass/wooden pole light that’s priced for $219.00.



Overall, all the lamps featured today are in very good condition, however, the brass finishes have some fading.   I understand there is something called gilt varnish and gilt cream that can be applied to wood, metal, etc. to either renew old finishes or create new finishes.  I’ve never used these products before and if someone out there has, tell us your experience using them and if they do the trick. 


My favorite pole light is the third one from 4evermemories

Your take, readers?

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4 Responses to MCM Home Improvement: Pole Lights

  1. Uncle Atom Reply

    July 29, 2011 at 12:10 pm

    MMMmmmm, I love pole lamps. My favorites are 2, 3, and 5. I have three of them, and two need some repair. Never heard of gilt varnish but if it works that would be great. I’m used to seeing the pivot ball joint (guessing that’s what you would call it) of one or more of the individual lights loose and hanging. I need to figure out how to fix that to prevent droopy light syndrome.

  2. Sherry Reply

    July 29, 2011 at 5:30 pm

    These are lovely! I would not worry at all about the finish….

  3. Sara in AZ Reply

    July 29, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Hmmmm, I kinda like those last 2 the best!

  4. Kirk W Reply

    July 29, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    Thanks for posting these. As with many mid-century items these lamps portray the marriage of form and function. They are sculptural, easy to place and privide light exactly where it’s needed. I want them all but if I had to pick just one it’d be the first one. Love the fabric shades!

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