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Art Deco Chrome – A few facts

At Ashby Interiors many of the lights and lamps we sell are from the Art Deco period with chrome fittings. We all familiar with chrome but how much do we really know about it?   It became hugely popular in the Art Deco era and chrome plated decorative items became synonymous with style and good looks. It was resistant to rust, easy to clean and has a brilliant luxury shine.   Hidden beneath the silver appearance of the chrome plate on your Art Deco lamp is usually brass base metal.…

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Royal Aircraft Factory BE12 Propeller For Sale

Our latest wooden propeller is exciting because it is the earliest aeronautical piece we have acquired!   This laminated mahogany propeller is from a 1917 WWI Royal Aircraft Factory BE12 aircraft built in Farnborough, Hampshire. This single-seat aircraft was primarily designed for use in reconnaissance and bombing – not as a fighter as it had limited manoeuvring capability.   However, notable success stories of this aircraft include the shooting down of the Zepellin L48 in 1917 by a Home Defence B12.   The only BE12 Ace on record was Captain Gilbert…

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A History of Vintage Holophane Lighting

As the trend for industrial lighting continues, vintage Holophane’s popularity has grown.   Otis A Mygatt founded The Holophane Company in London in 1896 and the Holophane Glass Company in New York in 1898. Using a recently patented prismatic glass which refracted light enabling maximum illumination from a low wattage bulb with very little glare.  It revolutionised the practicality of glass lighting.   The word Holophane comes from the Greek words ‘Holos’ and ‘Phainein’ translated ‘to appear completely luminous’   The clever phrase ‘illumineering’ was coined…   These handsome lights…

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