Majestic tambourine fiberglass lampshades, accurately reproduced.
pattern: black and gold zig zag
The Majestic Boomerang Z-Lamp tambourine shade was most often cream or beeswax color, with the zig-zag pattern in black and gold, but we can make the shade in any color with any pattern. We can make an authentic reproduction or an original per your color and design specs.
The Z-Lamp is the most famous and enduring of the Majestic lamp designs, but there were many others. Majestic lamps were beautifully fabricated, typically from brass and stained or painted wood, and featured many of the wild shapes that came to dominate ’50s design. These shapes were liberally and loosely drawn from science — amoebas from biology, starbursts from astronomy, atomic patterns from physics, boomerangs from anthropology — and reflected the implicit faith in science as the shining path forward after the horrors of the war.
To accompany the dramatic geometry of their lamp bases, Majestic designed lampshades that were even wilder. Majestic shades went to extremes that have rarely been matched since. As eye-catching as the shades were, they weren’t always designed to ventilate heat sufficiently, and when found in their original state, Majestic lamps almost invariably have damaged shades. If the shades look clean and crisp, chances are they’re reproductions. The good news is that as long as you follow proper wattage guidelines, new reproduction fiberglass lampshades will should indefinitely.
Majestic lamps can sometimes be a challenge to rewire. We recommend rewiring vintage lamps with obviously dated and worn electrical hardware. This means running a new cordset with a polarized, heat-sink molded plug-end, tinned lead ends, and a new socket, through the body of the lamp. If you find your Majestic lamp too difficult to rewire, it’s a good idea to bring it to a lamp repair shop instead of continuing to run the lamp with the potentially hazardous original electrical components.