1940s Markel chandeliers PAIR


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I’m very pleased to offer this this PAIR of late-1940s chandeliers by Markel!

This listing is for TWO matching fixtures.

Markel Electric Products (MEP) was founded by Joseph Markel (1888-1966) in 1920. Markel was born in Lithuania and came to the United States in 1891. The company was located at 145 Seneca Street in Buffalo, New York. A century ago, this was a bustling industrial area. Down the street was the thriving Larkin Company, and their globally famous Administration Building designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.

Today, the area is but a shadow of its former thriving self, and block after block is vacant. The Larkin Administration Building was demolished in the 1950s — a stunning act of cultural vandalism.

The shades (pale beige) are really distinctive. Their flat bottoms are not only unusual for Markel, but unusual in general. I do love the unusual!

Above the shades are dazzling clear glass stems!

The shades, stems, and canopies are all original.

The sockets are new, and the vertical wiring is cloth-covered like the original. Nice.

You can use LED bulbs.

This pair is ready to hang, and comes with all the mounting hardware needed!

DETAILS: The fixtures accept standard base 60W bulbs (not included). You can use LED bulbs.
COLOR: Beige. Silver.
SIZE: The fixtures hang down about 27-inches and are 16-inches wide. I can remove up to 9-inches of chain; I can add chain.
One shade has two small manufacturing irregularities. These show up as dark spots on the bottom of the shade. The spots (tiny) are IN the glass.
The other shade has a small chip to its upper edge.
Both shades have kinda rough upper edges. This is clearly a manufacturing byproduct.
One glass stem has chip on its very bottom, and short adjacent crack. This cannot be seen under normal viewing, and I only noticed after taking the fixture apart, and cleaning the stem.
The porcelain sockets and wiring are new.
The original chains were corroded (this is common). The new chains precisely match the originals in terms of scale and shape.
Most of the original chrome-like-plating had worn off, so I redid such parts in a burnished silver.
SHIPPING: Insured shipping in the Continental US will be…FREE!