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1930s Markel chandelier
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I’m very pleased to offer a late 1930s 3-shade chandelier by Markel!
MARKEL ELECTRIC PRODUCTS
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 itslef was demolished in the 1950s – a stunning act of cultural vandalism.
All large American cities once had busy industrial areas employing millions of workers, most of whom lived just blocks from the factories and walked (or took a streetcar) to work. All this seems like an ancient time, a lost age far, far away when America actually made stuff. Quality stuff, too.
The shades are gorgeous, particularly when lighted.
The fixture was caked with paint when I purchased it. This has been removed and the new polychrome finish is chocolate with bright gold accents.
Wholly restored and with new sockets and 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).
COLOR: See above.
SIZE: The fixture hangs down 23-1/2-inches and are 15-1/2-inches wide. I can remove up to 5-1/2-inches of cain; I can add chain.
- I love writing this: there’s no damage.
- The sockets and wiring are new.
- The polychrome is new.
SHIPPING: Insured shipping in the Continental US will be…FREE!