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Ornate 6-Light Sheffield Chandelier c1910 Item # R4514
Bold and fresh when first introduced by American lighting manufacturers around 1900, the graceful lines and distinctive shell-like ribbing of the Sheffield style were meant to evoke the work of expert colonial metalsmiths. This antique is not only a lovely example of a more ornate Sheffield design, but also of a transitional moment in lighting history. This chandelier originally had gas-fueled burners facing up (the cocks of which we've now capped off) and electric lights facing down. While the design and styling of the fixture are breathtaking (please note that we've preserved the original finish), the opalescent "lily of the valley" style shades are also quite captivating.
When electric lighting first came on the scene in the late 1800s, many lighting companies (and homeowners) were reluctant to transition fully to the new technology. Hence, fixtures of the day were designed to use both gas and electricity. Gas would be used for day-to-day lighting needs, and electric was used to impress the neighbors.
- Historical Style: Sheffield
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