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Southern Accents Architectural Antiques

Pan Lights - Rescued, Rewired, Restored

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques When thinking about salvaged lighting, most of our thoughts lean towards ornate crystal chandeliers. However, a large number of the lights that we salvage are pan lights. Pan lights were introduced in the early part of the 20th century and were made for electricity instead of gas. Although the architectural styles have evolved over the years from Victorian, Art Nouveau, Arts and Crafts, Prairie style, and most currently modern, the light has maintained it's basic design. The pan light can be identified by the body of the light which typically has a finial attached to the bottom and one or more chains attached to the top. The body of the light fixture contains two or more arms which support the shade holders and shades. We're always excited to find a pan light that still has it's original glass shades!

Southern Accents Architectural Antiques Most of the pan lights that we salvage are made of pressed brass, like the 4 arm light shown here that we rescued this week. This light was covered with several layers of paint. The light was taken to our wood shop where it was cleaned and stripped, removing all of the old paint, dirt and debris. The light will now be sent to our lighting technician, Tim, so that he can work his magic! Tim will rewire this light and give it a light polish. We love the natural patina of the aged brass so we do not try to bring the brass back to it's original shine. Once the light has been fully restored it will be equipped with replacement shades and take its place in our showroom!

Visit us on line or better yet, stop by our showroom and browse our incredible selection of salvaged and antique lighting!

March 20, 2015, Vol. 144

Southern Makers

Tickets for Southern Makers 2015 are going quickly! This year's two day event on May 2nd and 3rd, will take place in downtown Montgomery, Alabama at the Union Station Train Shed. This year's line up of makers which includes artists, craftsmen, designers, musicians, chefs, brewers, and farmers is the best yet! Make sure you are following Southern Makers on Facebook. Each week you'll have the opportunity to get to know this years makers as their profiles are featured online. They will also be holding several fantastic giveaways between now and the end of April, including a goodie bag from Southern Accents! Make plans now to attend! Visit Southern Makers online at to order your tickets.

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Southern Accents Architectural Antiques
308 Second Ave SE
Cullman, AL 35055
Phone: 877 737-0554
Store Hours: Tues - Fri 9:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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