41) 1930’s Mole Richardson Hollywood California Movie Light

Works by Marsel - Lamp No.41

An original huge 1930’s USA Mole Richardson Hollywood California Spot Light.

When it comes to vintage industrial theatre lights they don’t get much better than this. These were the original stage lights used in most Hollywood movie classics in the early 1920’s. Not many were imported to Australia so they are extremely hard to find here.

The restoration was challenging to say the least. The lamp head massive (45cm) and very heavy and had to be completely pulled apart to be polished. The 2000watt globe and bayonet have been removed and replaced to take regular household energy saver globes. The back of the lamp pops open to change the globe.

The lamp features ornate detailing and original brass pieces that compliment the polished aluminium. The barn doors are removable for the desired effect.

I chose a 1920’professional  Miller photography tripod for this lamp not only because it is a beautiful tripod but also that the strong linkages on this tripod were required to hold such a heavy lamp head. A strong chain has been installed into the legs for extra support.

A magnificent, grand piece of Hollywood movie history. An investment piece to proudly  own and display in your home or office.


ITEM SOLD – $2280


About unodesmoda

Hi, My name is Marsel. I like making custom projects and restoring antique wares. My items are for sale here at my blog. Feel free to call me or send me an email if you are interrested in one or more of my items.
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4 Responses to 41) 1930’s Mole Richardson Hollywood California Movie Light

  1. Dan says:

    Hello, I like the lights. How did you polish them? I know the Aluminum can take a polish, but I’m not sure how to polish steel. It must have taken a lot of work. I am retiring in a few years from 40+ years as a gaffer and would like to strip,and polisha few of my favorite lighting instruments into retirement also. Any hints on how to proceed?
    Dan LaBorde

    • unodesmoda says:

      Hi Dan,

      Sorry for the late response, I have been so busy I have not logged into wordpress account for a while.

      When it come to polishing there is no real easy way but blood, sweat and tears. Hours spent in front of the polishing machine. As long as you are using the correct cutting pad and polishing stick for metal, aluminium, brass, etc.

      The metal just takes alot longer to polish but if your not after a perfect finish, the metal does quickly polish to an industrial rustic finish which looks great for most old lamps.


  2. Ian William mcilveen says:

    Hi marsel 👋 I am now the proud owner of this fine piece of history. I couldn’t actually believe I found it, but I have photos and a video to show you if you’re interested in seeing it again. P.s it’s the absolute pride of my small collection.😂

    • unodesmoda says:

      Hi Ian,

      Sorry for the late reply, I am in Turkey on holidays and haven’t been checking emails. I am very surprised the original buyer decided to part with it. Congrats on your purchase. I myself regret parting with it as I probably wont get my hands on another. A prized collectible and a great investment piece. Well done.


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