1930 chandelier by Markel


1 in stock


I’m very pleased to offer this striking circa-1930 chandelier by Markel!

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.

This type fixture is called strap-style because it’s made primarily from flat metal bars, like belt straps. What I love about such fixtures is how curvaceous they are. Just lovely to look at. The style was very popular in the 1920s and 1930s, and used in a variety of home styles including bungalows, Arts & Crafts, Spanish-Revival, Colonial-Revival, and Four-squares.

The fixture retains its distinctive original polychrome. The main color is a deep gold. There are accents of emerald, red, and yellow.

The chandelier retains its original finial, socket rings, chain, and ceiling canopy.

The fixture has new cloth-covered wiring.

This fixture will be shipped ready to hang, and with all the mounting hardware needed!

DETAILS: The fixture accept standard base 60W bulbs (not included).
COLOR: See above.
SIZE: The chandelier is 27-inches long, and 18-wide. I can remove up to 2-inches of chain; I can add chain.
I love writing this: there’s no damage.
The sockets are original (and in fine shape) with new wiring and paper insulators.
The polychrome is original and only required some minor touch-ups.
SHIPPING: Insured shipping in the Continental US will be…FREE!