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August 22, 2012

Wondering Wednesdays – Help Sharon Identify Her Triple Capiz Lamp

By RetroRuth

We have a pretty cool and fun letter today from Sharon! Sharon writes:

I was so excited when I saw the Wondering Wednesday post last week! I have been following the blog via Facebook for some time, but this is the first time I’ve seen this feature. I hope you can help me get some information about a lamp I bought at a flea market. I did a blog post about it, which you can read here.
I’d really like to determine the lamp’s age.

Thank you in advance for any help!

In a Pastime Paradise




Well, I’d have to say that this one stumped us! That is an amazing and unique light you have there, Sharon!

From the pictures, the shades appear to be capiz shell to me, but the shape is very unique! Eartha Kitsch agrees that they are capiz and suggests that they may be from the early 60’s since that is when such lamps seemed to be the most popular. I found a similar set  of lamps on this site:


However, this set appears to be a set of swags as they are all separate, unlike Sharon’s which are one unit, and they also have the typical swag chain.

Here is another similar one from Etsy:

Capiz Pendant

Once again, on a chain.  Based on the shape of your lights, Sharon, I would say they were from the 1940’s, but the electrical cords and the canopy look like they are from the 1950’s. And the style was popular in the 1960’s. So you have a puzzle there!

How about it, folks? Anyone want to weigh in and help Sharon out with her fun lamp? Feel free to leave a comment!

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4 Responses to Wondering Wednesdays – Help Sharon Identify Her Triple Capiz Lamp

  1. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    August 22, 2012 at 11:36 am

    I hope that someone knows! These have got me STUMPED.

  2. Onyx Reply

    August 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    Just popping in to say that is an awesome lamp. Unfortunately I have no info. for you 🙁

  3. Liz Reply

    August 24, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I know a little about the lamp. We have the exact same one, though with more “pods.” Our original owners installed them, I think in the 1960’s. They said if we decide to take them down to tell them, because they would buy them back! We have a brochure from where they bought them at a shop called Decorative Imports, 408 Jackson Square, San Francisco 11, CA. When I googled it, I found a decorator’s source book. The pamphlet we have says the following- “Shell Pods- A shower of Golden light.” and “Lighting Fixtures of Shell. Sparkling light from fixtures of Philippine Kappa Shell. Simple designs, timeless in feeling. Perfect in any setting… Hand made in the Philippines.” According to the prices that are printed it on it, it must have cost them @ $200 back then. And regarding those other photos- I see the Elongated Spheres ones in the catalogue, but not the other shape.

    • RetroRuth Reply

      August 24, 2012 at 9:04 am

      OMG Liz!!! Uber-high fives to you! That is some amazing info. Kappa Shell, huh?? How marvelous!

      If you ever feel like scanning the pamphlet, feel free to send it to me at ruth@nopatternrequired.com. Fabulous work and thanks for replying!

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