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Pair of Stately 3-Light Victorian Torch Sconces Item # R9060

Circa 1910


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
  • Perhaps the side arms would have pointed down originally – reconfigured to all point up at some time in their history.
  • Condition Notes: Note the slight dent on the edge of the canopy – see all photos for details.
  • Bulbs not included.

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Pair of Stately 3-Light Victorian Torch Sconces

Circa 1910