Wrought Iron Fixture w/Straw Opalescent Stalactites, c1900 Item # R0542
No, our photo doesn't lie - this wrought iron fixture is really as unique, complicated, and fantastic as it appears. Elaborate black iron chandeliers like this were popular in the 1890s during the peak of the Richardsonian Romanesque style, when romantic evocations of medieval architecture were common. With its spiraling, twining wire elements and leafy embellishments to study you'll never want for fascinating distraction. It would seem natural to display a fixture this spectacular in your most public room, but just think how marvelous it would be in the right bedroom.
Four former candle-style gas burners are now candelabra-base sockets with flame bulbs, while the four downward-pointing sockets feature a beautiful set of Vaseline stalactites. Originally called straw opalescent and popular around the turn of the century, this glass gets its distinctive color from traces of uranium used in the formulation, and the glass will glow under a black light. Learn more about Straw Opalescent.
- Note: The iron shows a few light scrapes here and there, but with so many other things to catch the eye, they're not at all bothersome.
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