1905 Early Electric pendant


1 in stock


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 lovely.

I really like its basic simplicity, and the curvaceous flourishes on the arms.

The shades, too, are curvaceous! They feature delicate frosted designs.

The fixture was heavily overpainted. In removing this, the body and stem were badly mottled. As such, I polished them. They are not lacquered and will soon patina down (although I rather like the 2-tone effect).

At 23-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 32-inches and is 24-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!