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Hi! It would be great if I can get some help with this! Our home is 97 yrs young (we've only been here a little over a year). We have plans to reasonably restore (I hate the word remodel because we're trying to keep in close proximity to the age of the house. Well, with some art deco touches as that's my favorite era!).
When I took off the ugly modern shade to replace a light bulb, this is what I found. I've tried to find something (anything!) to get an idea of what type vintage shade I need for it. I'm guessing it should have some kind of finial? The screw also screws into the part of the fixture that is still in the ceiling. I couldn't find any marks on either piece (unless it's on the part still on the ceiling, which I can't see!). We have low ceilings upstairs (bungalow!) and I would love to reuse this fixture as we add an upstairs bathroom!
Thanks for any help!
This looks to me more like a 1950s or 60s fixture, not something original to a 100-year-old house. I think you can still get glassware for them at a hardware or lighting store, probably much like the shade you removed. If the room this is in has a low ceiling, probably the original fixture would have had a flush-mount base, either stamped or cast metal, possibly decorated with paint colors, and bare light bulbs. You can probably find lots of pictures on line of period fixtures from the 1920s, and they are readily available for purchase. If you don't like the look of standard bare bulbs, there are various types of decorative light bulbs, and if not too bright, or with a dimmer, they don't look bad.
I am an oil lamp person but in this case, I'd try to find a whole fixture that you like in the style that would suit your home. Sizes of old shades are not necessarily the same as what your frame is so an electrician could easily removed the old housing, put in the whole new replica fixture and use the old one in your bath if that is your wish. You probably could get some great ideas on your computer by googling some key words about what you are looking for. There are several companies that make replica fixtures that have catalogs online.