This pair of colorful Circa 1920 wall sconces is made of polychromatic pot metal (also known as monkey metal, white metal, or die-cast zinc). During the early 1920’s pot metal was used to manufacture lighting by various manufactures including the Edward N. Riddle Company of Toledo, Ohio. Riddle called its fixtures “fitments” to convince consumers they would be easy to install and to remove when they wanted a fashion change and encourage return business. Each sconce is stamped Riddle Co., Made in the USA, design pat. 8.10.20, 56052.
These beautiful sconces have been fully restored. Done in the Spanish Revival style, these were painted black with gold. The center is yellow and grey. It is exciting to see examples of these decorative, electroplated, and painted pieces of lighting still in existence today.
Each sconce weighs approximately 4 lbs.