1905 Early Electric brass pendant


1 in stock


I’m very pleased to offer this stunning circa-1905 Early Electric 2-arm brass pendant.

For much of the 19th-century, gas lighting was the norm. Then, very late in the century, gas/electric combination lighting was introduced, and the White House was electrified in 1892. The era for combination lighting was brief, and by the late 1890s electric lighting started making inroads.

Hence, this fixture represents the first generation of electric lighting. Its design and construction however still reflects an earlier era, like with the vertical pipe. While vital for a gas fixture, this was not required for an electric fixture, where a chain would have sufficed.

The fixture is, too, gorgeous! Two delicious flourishes rise up from the arms! And the golden shades are exquisite!

The turn-key sockets appear to be original. (The fixture can also be controlled by a wall switch, assuming your room is wired as such.)

The patina is mottled (see images). I left this alone (as I like it). The brass though could be polished.

The fixture will be shipped with the vertical pipe dismantled. It will be easy to reattach.

With new wiring, this fixture is ready to hang, and comes with all the mounting hardware needed!

DETAILS: The fixture accepts standard base 60W bulbs (not included). You can use clear LED bulbs.
COLOR: See above.
SIZE: The fixture is 21-inches long. I can adjust this up/down; just let me know. The width without shades is 20-3/4-inches. With shades, the width is 28-inches. The fitter size is 2-1/4-inches. The ceiling canopy is 4-1/16-inches wide.
The shades have the standard small chips to their fitting ends.
The sockets appear to be original (and in fine shape) with new wiring and paper insulators.
SHIPPING: Insured shipping in the Continental US will be…FREE!