Classic film studio light made by Mole Richardson, Inc. of Hollywood, CA, during the Golden Era of film and rewired with standard Edison socket and bulb to be used as a standing lamp.
Light Fixture & matching Rolling Mole Richardson Junior Stand
(adjustable height from 5' to 9' feet)
Thick metal housing, steel, cast-iron details, brass parts, 10" inch Fresnel lens. Completed refurbished while still keeping its vintage look intact.
Disassembled, Parts Stripped, Refinished, Rewired, Restored, & Lacquered.
All functions working properly Tilt, Pan, and Spot / Flood
* * All components historically correct **
Burnt Rust: yup, blasted & buffed as usual, but then sprayed with traditional Japanese brown patina. This fixture is sitting on a vintage period correct junior rolling stand.
* Stand has one pipe clamp indentation preventing the center pole from entirely collapsing, making a stand minimum height 6 inches higher than usual. (No structural issues - see photos)
Mole-Richardson, also known as Mole, is a stage lighting instrument and motion picture lighting manufacturing company originally based in Hollywood, California. The company was started in 1927 by Sicilian immigrant Pietro "Peter" Mule (changed to Mole). Born November 10, 1891, in the Italian town of Termini Immerse, Palermo, Sicily, he first worked for General Electric (GE) in New York.
In 1927 he began selling incandescent tungsten lighting to the film industry, which allowed a more natural lighting than the previous arc lights. The new lights were also silent, an advantage for the new sound films.
Mole-Richardson invented the Fresnel Solar Spot unit in 1935, adapting the fresnel lighthouse lens for use in motion pictures. It won the first of four technical Academy Awards the company has earned.
“But for purists like John Scarpati, a Virginia photographer who restores and sells these lights in small batches, the only way to showcase them is in their original form – dents and all. “I still disassemble every part and do a complete off-frame restoration; I just don’t over-polish,” he says. “These lights exude an unparalleled sense of aesthetics.” His collection consists mainly of Hollywood classics: Mole-Richardson, Otto K Olesen and Bardwell & McAlister, whose imposing keg lights with metal roller stands and 6in Fresnel lenses are particularly sought-after.”
- Financial Times
“American photographer John Scarpati has taken to scouring old Hollywood studio supply warehouses in search of restoration-worthy examples. made between the 1920’s and 1940’s, each light is a one-of-a-kind original, complete with vintage stand or tripod.they exude the sort of patina that can’t be matched by cheaply mass-produced repros, yet ironically, the lights in his etsy shop actually cost less than the replicas available in upscale malls. ‘my personal favorite finish is a heavy, industrial, vibe,’ explains scarpati. ‘completely refurbished, but still keeping its vintage look intact. less of a polished finished and more real deal.’”
"Restoring these old beauties is definitely a labor of love for Scarpati. After tracking down one or two of these rare creatures stashed in a forgotten corner of some cavernous L.A. warehouse — a feat in itself — he gets them to his personal workshop, where he completely breaks down each to its individual parts. Every knob, lens and metal component is cleaned, stripped and refinished, with impossibly rare missing parts found and fitted.
Often, lamps and stands are discovered separately. Scarpati is a stickler for detail, so he actually insists on matching every light to a stand made by the same manufacturer. New wiring, a fresh bulb suitable for home use, and you’re good to go. If by now you’re realizing that all this entails a tremendous amount of sleuthery and hard work, you are correct. Occasionally, the internet will offer up a similar example of industrial hardware from Hollywood’s golden age. But nobody, nobody, even comes close to this level of restoration."
- Royal Circus
"Vintage Hollywood lights re-purposed as modern works of art. Over the three decades music photographer John Scarpati’s lens has chronicled rock, metal and punk acts including Poison, Circle Jerks, Social Distortion, New York Dolls and Rush. Scarpati has most recently taken to scouring old Hollywood studio supply warehouses in search of restoration-worthy lights to restore for domestic use. The lights were usually made between the 1920's and 1940’s, each is a one-of-a-kind original, complete with vintage stand or tripod. They exude the sort of patina that can’t be matched by mass-produced reproductions."
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All Lights are refurbished using USA specifications as the lights were originally manufactured.
120 Volt AC, E26 sockets (Edison Screw Medium/Standard), and either NEMA 1-15 ungrounded (Type A) or NEMA 5-15 grounded (Type B) plugs. Unless otherwise noted in description. Use in Non North American Regions will require the user purchase the correct current / Plug adapter for use in their county.
* Receiving base for bulbs - These two standards are interchangeable, meaning a US E26 will fit in a European E27 base, and E27 will fit in a E26 base. The only difference is the voltage (for light bulbs). In fact there is only 1 mm difference between the threads of E26 and E27, so they are virtually identical.