Remember that super-gorgeous vintage light fixture we bought a while back, which Ted rewired and restored for our dining room?
Well, I used Google Patents to see if I could find out any more information on it, and while I didn't come up with an exact match, I did find the drawings for two fixtures from the same series. Combine a few elements from each—the light brackets from image one; body, canopy and everything else from image two—and you have ours.
So, it looks like it was meant to have the round bulbs. The designs were registered in 1929, roughly the same year as our house. I found a design patent for part of our matching sconces, as well.
Overall, I'm pretty impressed with this Google tool; you can search by manufacturer name, designer name, patent number, etc. When I get the chance, I'll pull some of our other vintage fixtures off the walls to check the patent numbers and see what I can discover about them.
I think I'll print up these images and frame them to hang in the dining room. They're just that pretty.