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1930s chandelier by Gill Glass. Astounding
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I’m very pleased to offer this extraordinary 1930s chandelier by Gill Glass!
Gill Glass & Fixture Company was located on Amber Street in Philadelphia, and occupied most of the block between East Tioga and East Venango Streets. The factory backed up against rail lines, as was common, and there would have almost certainly been a rail spur leading directly to Gill loading docks. The Gill buildings are extant, although they look a lot less attractive than they did as pictured, proudly, in Gill catalogs. The immediate area around the factory was all housing (and still is), and it can be assumed that many of these homeowners worked for Gill – an easy commute. All this seems like an ancient time, a lost age far, far away when America actually made stuff. Quality stuff, too. And when people didn’t have long commutes to work, and when railroads were powerful and important. Sigh.
The fixture is from Gill’s Bellaire series, and was produced in the late 1930s and through to the early 1950s.
The shade just takes your breath away! It is deeply, lusciously molded with flowers and leaves in high relief. Wow.
The metal components retain their original finish, which looks like brass with patina, and with a slight coppery hue.
As the catalog image confirms, the fixture is all original. The fixture has an original on/off finial on the bottom (not shown on the catalog model), which controlled a 3-way switch. Sadly, the switch no longer works.
There are six sparkly crystal drops!
With new sockets and wiring, this fixture is ready to hang, and comes with all the mounting hardware needed!
DETAILS: The fixture accepts three standard base 60W bulbs (not included).
COLOR: See above. As well, the shade is a peachy beige, and white.
SIZE: The fixture hangs down about 27-inches and is 16-inches wide. I can remove up to 4-inches of chain; I can add chain.
- The bottom of the glass shade swoops down into the metal cup, kinda like a cone on the bottom of the shade. The cone evidences an old repair where it was broken in two places and glued. The metal cup covers this, so the repair is hard to see.
- The beige finish on the shade is applied to the surface. This finish has several tiny bits of loss.
- The sockets and wiring are new.
- The crystals were missing when I purchased the chandelier. The catalog image however confirms what was missing, and so I replaced them with exact matches.
SHIPPING: Insured shipping in the Continental US will be…FREE!