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Enormous Gas/Electric Chandelier w/ Etched Prismatic Shades Item # R7132

Circa 1905


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With feet in both the 19th and 20th centuries, the Victorian era saw a huge transformation of lighting technology and the evolution of many styles. The period began with gas-powered lighting, which transitioned to electricity just before the turn of the century. During that exciting time, unusual fixtures were made to utilize both technologies: gas-electric combination lights. While fixtures are often formal, bordering on ostentatious, the many variations (including Eastlake, Aesthetic, Rococo, Empire, etc.) are typically characterized by the Victorian love of ornamentation and detail. Because the light provided by gas and early bulb technology was very dim by today’s standards, the fixtures were frequently furnished with incredible glass shades. Frosted, etched, mirrored, prismatic – all of these shade designs were meant to show off or magnify the light, which feebly emanated from flickering flames and filaments.

  • Historical Style: Victorian
  • Comprising red brass components, this enormous gas/electric chandelier originally featured gas flames at the top of each arm. Those gas jets have been decommissioned and the fixture is just wired for electricity.
  • Originally, this fixture would have hung in an open commercial space, where the etched and ruffled prismatic would glow and shed ambient and direct light.
  • Condition Notes: The weathered finish is a hallmark of this historic piece, with wonderfully patinated red brass – all original.
  • Bulbs not included.

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Enormous Gas/Electric Chandelier w/ Etched Prismatic Shades

Circa 1905