Pat contributes this find: A reproduction of a streamline 20th century porcelain wall sconce, available for $29.99 at Lowes. This light may not have all the detail of Rejuvenation’s similar Selma sconce — which is $95. Even so, this Lowe’s product is pretty darn cute and puts this classic look within much greater reach of many folks.Tip: How about replacing that white plastic screw (?) with a nice steel screw?
Porcelain sconce lighting like this was ubiquitous in American homes in the first part of the 20th century. You saw them in bathrooms, often just one above the mirror. You can also put a pair symmetrically to the right and left. And, these also can be used in the kitchen — above the sink, for example. I see these vintage style light fixtures suiting homes from the 1910′s all the way to the very early 50s. Bungalows. Farmhouses. Victorian homes. Maybe even cozy Capes. Once you get into the more “modern” era — say, after ’52 — then I think that chrome became all the rage.
Another place to look for these sconces: Re-Store/Habitat for Humanity, of course. That said — these are very popular, so salvage will get snapped up fast, I suspect.