1905 Early Electric grotesque pendant


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I’m very pleased to offer this wonderful 3-arm circa-1905 Early Electric 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. It’s design and construction however still reflect 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.

These interesting historical considerations aside, the fixture is just stunning.

There are three grotesque creatures (a grotesque is a fanciful human or animal form)! And three anthemion motifs! Fabulous!

And the shades! They have delicately scalloped edges, and deeply cut designs (the designs are etched into the glass rather than frosted). Exquisite!

There’s a nicely mottled patina which I but gently polished.

At 22-inches wide, the fixture is scaled for a bedroom, or medium- to small-sized dining room.

The vertical pipe will be unscrewed to help with shipping. 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 LED bulbs.
COLOR: See above.
SIZE: The fixture hangs down 40-inches and is 22-inches wide. I can reduce the length. The shade fitters are 2-1/4-inches.
The shades have the standard tiny chips to their fitting ends. These cannot be seen.
The sockets are original (and in fine shape) with new wiring.
SHIPPING: Insured shipping in the Continental US will be…FREE!