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
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 require 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 tarnish.
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.