I’m very pleased to offer this EXTRAORDINARY circa-1905 Mission Style gas/electric chandelier.
This is one of the 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 SHADES! Octagon in shape, the center of each panel is frosted, with clear borders, offering a charming illumination.
THE CHAINS! This type of closely linked rectangular chain is rare. While unnecessary structurally, they add a dramatic…and fun!…presence.
THE SCALE! A full 24-inches wide (shade to shade), the size is impressive.
THE CANDLE COVERS! The vast majority of fixtures that were lighted by gas (either in part or in whole) were equipped with 4-inch or 5-inch fitters that held large glass shades. The gas fittings on this fixture, however, were equipped with long-stemmed jets that were meant to be 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, which also happen to be Mission-style (square in shape), is, well, astonishing.
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 pendant represent a narrow window in the history of lighting. Which is really cool.
The fixture sports 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.
I HAVE A COMPANION FIXTURE!
I have a companion fixture listed, larger and with green slag glass. 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.
If you’ve been looking for a Mission-style chandelier with ALL the bells & whistles, and impressively scaled, 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!
DETAILS: The fixture accepts standard base 60W bulbs (not included). Any incandescent or LED Edison-style bulb would look well.
COLOR: The fixture is brass with a mottled, multicolored patina.
SIZE: See above. As well, the fixture hangs down about 36- inches, and is 24-inches wide, shade to shade. I may be able to shorten the fixture but cannot add any additional length, as matching the square tubing will likely prove impossible.
I love writing this: there’s no damage.
The shades and glass candle covers are undamaged.
The sockets are original (and in fine shape) with new wiring and paper insulators.