Handmade collection of Early American lighting designs from 1620–1850. Many designs licensed and authenticated by famous historical museums: Historic Deerfield, Old Sturbridge Village, Colonial Williamsburg.
Period Lighting Fixtures, Inc. was founded in 1974. The company’s on-going search for early lighting designs has included visits to the Smithsonian Institute, the Historic American Buildings Survey, the index of American Design in Washington, DC, and many other national museums and historic landmarks. We have a unique relationship with many Historic museums and historic preservation societies.
We believe that a lighting fixture, by its very nature of bringing light to darkness, often has a special meaning to people. When we consider that it lights the way for the nighttime traveler, or provides a warm focal point for the gathering of friends, it is natural that some of us prefer the standard of our lighting to be consistent with those of the antiques and furnishings used throughout our homes. It is mandatory then that this standard embody both a classic simplicity of design faithful to the original design, and the finest, most enduring quality of craftsmanship.
An exceptional reproduction lighting fixture, like an exceptional antique, is a marriage of four components: design, construction, finish, and ability & sensitivity of the maker. Slight any one and the result will be inferior. The designs in this catalog are faithful reproductions and always pleasing to the eye. They are free of the awkwardness so prevalent in most other reproductions. In all cases the fixtures have been made to look old. Through special techniques, the various finishes will appear exactly as an original, indistinquishable from antiques two hundred years old or more. We are certain that once the decision is made to place one or more of our fixtures in the proper setting of your home, it will remain a permanent part of you and will not yield to disillusionment, boredom, or change.
Many designs of early lighting reproductions, licensed and authenticated by America’s most famous historical museums are available only through Period Lighting Fixtures. We are proud of the unique relationships we have established in over 30 years of making historic lighting.
Through our catalogs, you have access to these rare and beautiful designs, many of which have never before been reproduced. Each is meticulously handcrafted to the highest artistic standards of construction and form, including the antique-like finishes. We are not a large manufactory, but rather a small group of New England craftspeople intent upon investing our skills and artistry in a product of rare hand-made beauty and quality.