1905 gas electric ARTS CRAFTS slag glass chandelier


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I’m very pleased to offer this EXTRAORDINARY AMAZING DAZZLING circa-1905 Mission Style gas/electric chandelier.


This is one of the three finest fixtures I’ve ever offered, an absolute treasure rich with remarkable details:

THE ORIGINALITY! This gas/electric fixture has never been converted. The gas jets remain in situ and are dormant. They are a visual attraction now, rather than functional.

THE CANDLE COVERS! The vast majority of fixtures that were lighted by gas (either in part or in whole) were equipped with 4- or 5-inch fitters that held large glass shades. The gas fittings on this fixture, however, were equipped with long-stemmed jets which are disguised by delicate glass covers mimicking the look of real candles. These are almost always missing on such fixtures, so to have the complete set of four, in a rope twist pattern, no less, and undamaged, is, well, astonishing. It’s like a miracle!

THE SOCKET HUSKS! Each turn-key socket (original!) is enveloped by an acanthus-leaf husk, atop an acanthus-leaf bobeche! Fabulous! Gorgeous!

THE GLASS! Oh my! There are eight green slag-glass panels, which appear to be original and are undamaged. The glass is particularly exquisite; a superior example of early 20th-century art glass.

THE CHAINS! This type of closely linked rectangular chain is rare. While unnecessary structurally, they add a dramatic…and fun!…presence.

THE FINIALS! There are eight dramatic finials under each bobeche!

THE WIRING! The four outer sockets have new cloth-covered wiring. This, distinctively, then nestles between the slag glass panels inside the shade (see last image).

THE SCALE! A full 29-inches wide (minus gas keys, which add several more inches), and 43-inches in length, the size is impressive and striking. One cannot help but to stare at the fixture, awed.

For much of the 19th-century, gas lighting was the norm. In the last decade of the century, electric lighting started to make inroads, and gas/electric combination fixtures became popular. During the first decade of the 20th-century, gas lighting waned in popularity, and all-electric fixtures became widely available.

As such, this fixture represent a narrow window in the history of lighting. Which is really cool.

This type fixture often came with an optional beaded glass fringe skirt (normally 4- to 6-inches long), as evidenced by period catalog images. And, this fixture has several small hooks which would have held such a skirt. If this feature would be of interest to you, I may be able to provide such beaded fringe (possibly white or green) at no extra charge.

There are four perimeter sockets, and four more in the center (inside the big shade). I show frosted round bulbs, but clear carbon-filament bulbs would have been common for the 1900s. You can also try Edison-style clear LED bulbs.

There is a delicious patina, rich with mottled and multicolored undertones.

The fixture would work well in an early 20th-century (1900 to 1915) Bungalow, Foursquare, or Arts & Crafts-style home. It was intended for over a dining room table but today would also look amazing above a large kitchen island.

I have a companion fixture listed, smaller, and in the Mission-style. Both came from the same house in St. Louis.

To help ease with shipping, the vertical stem will be removed. The fixture will be easy to reassemble and will come with instructions.

If you’ve been looking for a SPECTACULAR, UNBELIEVABLE chandelier for over, say, your antique Stickley dining room set, this fixture may be ideal!

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

The fixture accepts standard base 60W bulbs (not included). Any incandescent or LED Edison-style bulb would look well.
The bottom part of the four chains are held by brass curly hooks, and each is held in place by a pair of small brass spheres. One is a replacement, and is slightly larger. This is very hard to notice.
COLOR: The fixture is brass with a mottled, multicolored patina. The glass is green.
SIZE: See above.
Incredibly, there’s no damage (save a very minor issue with the clay tip of one gas jet being chipped. This will not register).
The sockets are original (and in fine shape) with new wiring.
The socket insulators are original and in excellent condition. I saw no need to replace them (as I normally do).