Nothing is quite as charming as the Storybook architecture movement, being rediscovered and brought into fruition for the U.S. populace by returning WW-1 G.I.s, many of whom would later become Americas’ product designers, builders, craftsmen, and artisans. These scenes of old European towns and villages would play as inspiration in their new line of work.
We were proud to be given another opportunity to restore several pairs of these porch sconces, giving them a new life. This time we were commissioned to restore, as well as match, other restored sconces in the storybook style on a client's home so all exterior lighting would complement the home's architecture.
The sconces were constructed of pot metal and had lost their luster, as well as some of their glass. We started stripping and cleaning each sconce and breaking them down into manageable pieces. All loose paint and debris were cleaned off and a new coat of black was painted on the body of the sconces. In order to achieve the silver highlights that gave the fixture some of its more unique attributes, the fixture would have to be painted using a silver oil-based paint with a fairly dry brush and light angled strokes all matching the same direction for each piece. It took some time to master the finish but was well worth the trial and error invested in the finish. The fixtures were then sealed with an exterior clear coat.
We were able to keep some of the original interior parts, or guts, of the sconces, including the threaded rods and mounting brackets, by cleaning and resealing them, but others needed replacing. We use our gloss black porcelain sockets, new wiring, wire sheathing, and new grounding wires, all of which can be purchased through the Vintporium by contacting us.