When lamp is fully assembled, you don't even see it. The original finish is in great condition with some areas showing its age. I do not see any surface rust. I did not like the diffuser resting on the bottom metal housing, so I created some gaskets made of thin cardboard and foam padding for separation. I also did not like the diffuser banging against the top and bottom openings of the globe.So, I used a thin strip of foam padding to keep the glass diffuser centered in the openings of the globe. The ribbed smoke glass globe measures approx. The length from the top finial to the bottom finial is approx. Thanks for looking and check my other treasures for more neat stuff! This item is in the category "Collectibles\Lamps, Lighting\Chandeliers & Ceiling Fixtures". The seller is "alexy51" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.