20th Century Lighting
209 W. 19th Terrace, Kansas City, MO 64108
• PHONE: (816) 421-2125 • FAX: (816) 421-2126 •
Castings & Forgings
Every fixture made by 20th
Century Lighting is individually hand cast, formed, assembled and finished, one
at a time, in the same manner that was employed when the predecessors of these
fixtures were made 50 – 100 years ago. No assembly line mass production
processes are used. For this reason, slight variations will exist from fixture
to fixture. No two will be identical.
All but a few of the fixtures are constructed of hand cast solid brass components unless the piece is made of wrought iron (See Note 1). On most of the fixtures, brass tubing and/or spun brass components are combined with the cast components to achieve the final construction. The primary benefit of solid brass construction is that the brass will not rust or corrode and therefore provides an excellent, stable base over which to apply the finish.
Glass & Mica
Lighting offers six different glass options for the fixtures that come with
here to view the glass & mica sample page). These glass
All glass is approximately
In addition, 20th
Century Lighting offers mica on several sconces and chandeliers. Mica (formerly
known as ‘Eisenglas’) is a flaky, mineral like material that is rolled into
flat sheets approximately 1/64” thick. Our mica comes in two colors. The first
is a yellowish orange-brown that has mottled color variations. The second is a
very light slate gray brown color, again with mottled color variations.
Please note that you
can order mica as a glass option on any of the fixtures shown in glass, but you
cannot order glass as an option on any of the fixtures shown with mica; the
reason being that the mica is easily shaped to curves while the glass is not.
Natural beeswax ‘candle drip’ socket covers are provided with all
fixtures. Two color options, tan and ivory, are available. Unless specified
otherwise at the time the order is placed, fixtures ordered with the silver
colored finishes (Old Nickel, Satin Nickel, Antique Silver and Pewter) come with
the ivory wax socket covers and fixtures ordered with the other finishes come
with the tan wax socket covers.
The wax socket covers get soft and the wax will begin
to ‘sag’ when light bulbs with more than a 40-watt rating are used. All
fixtures are rated to carry up to 60-watt bulbs, so if 60-watt bulbs are used
please be aware what will happen to the wax candle covers. If you must use
60-watt bulbs and the ‘soft wax’ becomes a problem, then the wax socket
covers can simply be changed out for plastic or paper socket covers. We have
available, for substitution, paper socket covers so if you would rather have
these, please specify such when placing your order.
Please note that even though the wax sleeves are
rated for a 40-watt light bulb, they may start to melt even when a 40-watt bulb
is used under some circumstances. Shades covering the light bulb, nearby heat
sources, direct sunlight and high atmospheric pressure are all examples of
external forces that will affect how and when the wax will melt, i.e. the heat
given off by the light bulb is not the only factor helping the wax to melt.
Needless to say, once the wax socket covers leave our
facility, we have no control over the environment they are used in.
Consequently, our policy is to not replace them if they melt for any reason. If
replacements are desired, they may be purchased as follows:
* 6” Medium Base (Ivory or Tan)
* 4” Medium Base (Ivory or Tan)
* 4” Candelabra Base (Ivory or Tan)
We also have paper sleeves available for
purchase. They are available in a 4” or 6” medium base or a 4” candelabra
base. The cost for any of these is $3.50 ea.
As an option, lampshades for our sconces, chandeliers
and lamps are available. These shades are made of an ivory Chinese pongee silk
laminated over an opaque white styrene backing. These shades have self-tuck,
hand rolled edges with trim on both the top and bottom. All shades are displayed
on one or more of the fixtures in the catalog. The ‘Notes’ column of the
Shade Price Sheet gives a referral to the respective catalog pages for each
Custom orders on lampshades are accepted, however,
only in minimum quantities of 25 shades or more.
Please note that sconce no. 1075-Windsor II and
chandeliers 2012-Bonaventure, 2013-Commodore, and 2023-Augustine come standard
with hand sewn silk shades which are purchased as an integral part of the
Many of our sconces come with a mirror in the back
plate. You have your choice of either regular or an “Antique Mirror’ which
is new mirror treated to look old and distressed. Please specify your preference
when you place your order.
On most of the sconces and chandeliers we can add
crystals to create a totally different look for the fixture. Adding crystals to
the bobesches is fairly easy. On some models we can easily add crystals to the
fixture body and arms as well. The addition of crystals is handled as a custom
order, so please feel free to call and discuss your design ideas.
Because our chandeliers vary in size, we do not have
a standard chain length for all chandeliers. In the ‘Notes’ column of the
price sheets you will find the standard chain length for each chandelier. If you
require more or less than what is standard, please specify this when you place
your order. Additional chain is $15 per lineal foot, regardless of finish.
Virtually every one of our fixtures can be adapted to
be for candlepower only. We simply eliminate all electrical components and add
candle cups to hold the candles as necessary. Please specify your desire to have
‘candles only’ when you place your order.
As an aside, one of our chandeliers, No. 2006 –
Frontenac, comes standard with cups for 16 candles – a very romantic piece.
Electrical junction boxes in our customer’s walls
vary dramatically in size and shape. Depending on whether your project is new or
older construction, you may or may not have any control over the junction box
(j-box) that your sconces will attach to. If you do have control, we recommend
that you specify a 4 square box with a 3” ring cover plate. This will allow
you to select most of our sconces without having to worry about the back-plate
not fully covering the j-box.
In situations where the back-plate of the selected
sconce will not fully cover the j-box, you still have some options. On some
models we have a larger size back-plate available (See the “Notes” column of
the price sheet). In addition, we have a 4 ½” round brass disc that can go
between the j-box and the sconce back-plate and be finished either the same as
the sconce or the wall surface.
All of the 20th Century Lighting finishes are intended to
make the fixtures look as if they are truly 50 – 100 years old, exhibiting the
characteristics of aged pieces that have been well cared for over that period of
time. As with the construction process, the finishing process for 20th
Century Lighting fixtures is done piece by piece, one fixture at a time.
Consequently, variations in the finishes will occur.
The following ten finish options are available on most
1. Antique Brass
Worn Blackened Paint
Distressed Painted Iron
4. Old Nickel
5. Satin Nickel
7. Oil Rubbed Bronze
8. Antique Silver
10. Aged Gold
Finish sample ring sets of the finishes are available for purchase –
See Tear Sheets & Finish Samples
The Antique Brass finish exhibits the most variation of the ten
finishes. When antiqued, the brass can be controlled to yield a range from a
light gold color to a dark brown color. Unless ordered differently, this finish
will be in the medium range – showing the dark brown in the recesses of the
fixture with lighter ‘highlight’s on the raised portions with the overall
body being a medium gold-brown color. For orders that specify the Antique Brass
finish other than that in the medium range, a match sample should be submitted
upon placing the order. (See Note 1)
The Worn Blackened Paint Finish is a hand applied, painted finish that
simulates a finish one would visualize on an aged iron piece that has been
painted, weathered over time, painted again, weathered again over more time, and
painted yet again, over & over, over many years and then revived with a good
cleaning, wire brushing and waxing to yield a soft luster patina. This finish is
ideally suited for the fixture models that imitate old iron, but can also
achieve remarkable results when used on pieces with a contemporary design. So
don’t let the ‘old iron’ nature of this finish limit your creativity in
matching finishes to fixtures.
The Distressed Painted Iron Finish is similar to the Worn Blackened
Paint but differs in that a texture is applied to achieve more of a weathered,
‘chipping and flaking paint’ look. This finish is especially suitable for
the iron pieces # 1039, 1067, 1078, 1094, 1124A&B, 1126, 1135 & 1144,
since these pieces are ‘new’ wrought iron and look very much like freshly
painted new wrought iron unless they are given some help in the aging process
via this finish. This finish is prone to chip and flake over time, especially if
used outdoors. However this only enhances the distressed nature of the finish.
To achieve the Old Nickel Finish the fixtures are plated with a tough,
durable nickel coating and then slightly aged. This finish will not tarnish over
time like some of the other plated finishes. Try using this finish on some of
the ‘Old World’ fixtures to achieve more of a contemporary look.
The Satin Nickel Finish receives the same tough, durable nickel coating
as the Old Nickel, but rather than getting an aged treatment, the finish gets a
satin polish that dulls down the shine to a low sheen. This finish is also good
for giving a contemporary edge to the fixtures.
Fixtures that are plated with this finish age the same as any piece of
solid copper. With time the pinkish orange color oxidizes to produce a deep
reddish brown hue similar to that on copper cookware.
This finish simulates the finish one would fine on an extremely
weathered piece of bronze that has been revived by repeated applications of
polishing with oil and wax. This is a very stable finish and does not change
much over time.
The Antique Silver finish closely resembles the finish you might
remember on your Grandmother’s silver tea service. In producing this finish
the fixtures are plated with a very durable, true silver plate that tarnishes
just like your Grandmother’s silver tea service and also requires polishing
once a year. See the discussion on Polishing and
The Pewter finish is a hand applied finish that is very
stable over time and does not quickly age or tarnish. This finish is excellent
for fixtures that are going into a ‘Country French’ décor.
Fixtures with this finish are plated with 24k gold. Because of the
expense associated with this finish, the plated coating is rather thin making
this finish rather delicate. No attempts should be made to polish this finish
since, like gold plated bathroom fixtures, the finish will ultimately be rubbed
right off. This finish tarnishes very slowly over many years and should not
Cleaning & Polishing
No attempt should ever be made to clean a fixture with any chemicals,
detergents or abrasives. Since any of the plated finishes will tarnish, they can
simply be polished just as you would polish, say, a silver-plated candlestick.
We use a product called Nevr-Dull manufactured by The George Basch Co.,
Inc. Freeport, New York, 11520 and available at most hardware stores. This
product is a soft cotton like pad treated with a chemical that you use to rub
off the tarnish. We like it because it doesn’t leave a white residue like most
silver creams and the fixtures can be easily buffed up after removing the
A thin protective lacquer coating can be applied to any of the 20th
Century Lighting fixtures after the final finish has been applied. This will
slow down any further ‘aging’ of the finish. The cost to lacquer a fixture
is an additional cost as listed on the Price Sheet. In addition, please add a
one-week lead-time for fixtures to be lacquered.
Please note that to clean fixtures that have been lacquered, only a soft
damp cloth should be used to wipe away dust. Do not attempt to polish a fixture
that has been lacquered, as this will destroy the lacquer coating. Also, please
note that the lacquer coating will tend to ‘yellow’ over time and will
scratch if rubbed with any abrasive.
All 20th Century Lighting fixtures are UL
approved for ‘Dry Locations’.
Several of our fixtures are suitable for
exterior use and are noted as such is the ‘Notes’ column of the price
sheets. None of these fixtures currently carry the UL ‘Wet Location’
approval ratings. The UL ‘Wet Location’ approval rating can be obtained on
certain fixtures on a project-by-project basis. Please call us to review your
needs for ‘Wet Location’ approved fixtures.
In addition, 20th Century Lighting will
provide the UL Certification for Canada if required. Please specify that the
fixtures are for the Canadian market when you place the order.
Light sockets provided on 20th Century
Lighting fixtures are either the standard medium base socket or the candelabra
socket. On most fixtures the medium base sockets can be interchanged with the
candelabra sockets and visa versa. If you want a socket type other than what is
shown in the catalog photograph, please specify such in your order. If the
sockets cannot by interchanged, you will be notified before work is started on
All 20th Century
Lighting Fixtures are electrically rated to accept a maximum 60-watt light bulb
in each socket. Whether the socket is a candelabrum or medium base does not
affect the maximum bulb rating. The style of bulb (round vs. torpedo vs. flame
tip, etc.) is purely a design choice.
Please note that most
fixtures are supplied standard with the natural beeswax drip candle covers which
will soften and ‘sag’ when a 60 watt bulb is used at full intensity (i.e.
your dimmer switch turned up all the way). If this creates a problem, we
recommend either reducing your lamp wattage to 40 watts or changing out the
candle sleeves with paper or plastic ones.
On/off switches located on the actual fixture, rather
than wall switches controlled many of the original sconces used in the early
20th Century. 20th Century Lighting sconces do not come with switches
on the fixture, but can be added for an additional $55.00 per switch. The
switches we use are the standard rotary switch and will be finished in the same
finish as the sconce itself. Unfortunately, dimmer switches are not available.
On most models we will locate the switch in a
convenient spot so as to not deter from the design. However, some models do not
have such convenient spots and the placement of the switch may interfere with
the overall aesthetics. Please consider this point when selecting a sconce model
that requires a switch.
Tear Sheets & Finish Samples
Our website is located at www.20thCenturyLighting.com
where you will find our catalog. In addition,
the website has index pages by style category which allows you to quickly browse
through all the fixtures to find the ones that fit the style your looking for.
The style categories on the website are: 1920’s Mediterranean, Gothic,
Classical French, French Empire, English Tudor, Georgian, Arts & Crafts, Art
Deco, and Art Moderne.
Also good to know is that
surprisingly good quality tear sheets can be printed from the website. This
makes for an excellent time saving tool for you if you need to fax a picture to a client. In addition, if you need to
present some fixtures to a client, have them log onto the website to see for
themselves – this saves you requesting tear sheets from the showroom, waiting
for the mail & then fed-exing them to your client.
The website is a tool for
you - designed to save you time.
Please be aware that no
orders can be placed over the website, all must come through your showroom.
Individual tear sheets
(identical to the catalog fixture pages) are available upon request at no charge
from your design showroom. To save time, you can also simply print tear sheets
from the website www.20thCenturyLighting.com.
A finish sample ring set
comprising a sample of each of the ten different finishes is available upon
request at a cost of $75.00, which includes shipping and handling.
Placing and Receiving Your Order
Custom modifications can be
made to most of the 20th Century Lighting fixtures. The additional
cost of the modifications depends on the difficulty involved. Adding or removing
arms on sconces or chandeliers can typically be done without great difficulty.
Changing the size on, say, a cast sconce back plate creates greater difficulty
and expense since a new mold must be created. We encourage you to call and
discuss your custom requirements.
Lighting is available “To the Trade” only and is sold through design
showrooms throughout the US and Canada. All orders should be placed with the
showroom in your area. If there is no showroom in your area, please contact us
directly and we will personally help you with your order.
All orders must be paid in
full prior to shipping. We encourage payment in full at the time the order is
placed, since our lead times are so short. If full up-front payment is not
possible, then a 50% deposit must be received to start the order.
Delivery Lead Times
Lighting makes every effort to get your fixtures to you as soon as possible
without sacrificing any quality. On most of our orders we are able to ship out
within 2-3 weeks of receiving payment in full.
If you are dealing with a
short lead-time, we encourage you to call and check for stock. We carry a
significant inventory and are very capable of helping you with quick deliveries.
Shipping and handling charges
are specific for each fixture. Please refer to the price sheet for these
charges, which should be added to the total order at the time the order is
All shipping unless specified
and agreed to otherwise by 20th Century Lighting is done via UPS
ground. Shipping for the larger chandeliers is contracted with other shippers,
depending on the ship to address.
Lighting insures all products we ship via UPS. If any packages arrive with
damage to the contents, please advise us immediately as well as the showroom
placing the order. Please be sure to keep the boxes and packing material with
the damaged merchandise in the same condition as it was received and opened.
This is very important to enable us to process the insurance claim.
Returns & Exchanges
Lighting does not accept returns. We will, however, accept fixtures returned in
exchange for other fixtures purchased, if the exchange order is placed within 30
days of 20th Century Lighting shipping the original order. The value
of the replacement exchange fixtures must equal or exceed the value of the
returned fixtures. A 25% restocking fee will be charged on all returned orders
We recommend that a qualified electrician be employed to install all 20th Century Lighting fixtures. Installation instructions are provided with every fixture. They are also viewable on this website by clicking clicking here.
Installation Over Mirrors
If you wish to install a sconce over a fixed, permanently installed mirror, please let us know of your intent to use the sconce over a mirror when you place your order. Since we have several different installation methods and not all of these methods will work for a mirror installation, we can adapt the scone so it can easily be installed on your mirror.
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