One nice tasteful example to come from the post war era is this one, I do not know who the manufacturer was, the designer, or the actual date this was introduced, but I have a fair amount of reference material to suggest this came out with a fair amount of "French Provincial" revival that pretty much began in 1941, put on hold for the war, then came out full force after the war- But then dropped out of fashion as "Danish Modern" and the "Jet Age" hit the scene.
It may not be evident on your monitor, but there is a faint purple shade to the whole globe. Compare it to the white porcelain base that retains it. The camera renders in a bit of a yellow shading to everyhting in this image, but if you were to adjust the image to reduce the yellow, you would make out the shading.
Something a lot of people fail to realize when they have a modern ceiling fan, depending upon which style you chose, you are not required to live with that uninspired cheap globe that came with the fan- You can use the vintage light globes instead. Below is one example that almost wound up on my ceiling fan in the basement, but there would have been zero headroom under it for someone even 5 foot 10; but a different story if I had 9 or 10 foot ceilings.
The key is to measure the "fitter"- The dimension on the fixture that the globe has to fit inside to be retained by the retaining screws. Older globes are going to be either a closer fit than you may expect, or they may be slightly smaller than expected. It is for this reason that you see porcelain fitter bases on these globes pictured here instead of the cheap modern steel ones- Which can work, but you need to pay close attention to the amount of threads coming through the metal fitter base. I do have vintage globes on the small lights on two ceiling fans, and they fit snug, but I have to be careful when relamping that I do not knock the globe loose because the retaining screws on one fan thread in only perhaps 4 full threads, or less; there is "just enough" for the screw not to pull out/fall out.
Another aspect to the lighting are the floor lamps, there are far too many types to mention, but there are some that have lit bases. From above, they look like a soapstone, or granite detail, but some have a small bulb underneath that is switched either from it's own switch, or as an extra detent on the main switch. Unless you re-wire the lamps yourself, some of these details get missed. At some point in the future I plan to add just one image of one of these types of lamps, but for now you have to rely upon your imagination.
Yet another aspect that some have devoted a fair amount of study to, but not I are the finials used on some lamps, and lamp shades.
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