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1950s pendant by Gill Glass. Rare. Extraordinary.
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I’m very pleased to offer this extraordinary, Eames-era pendant fixture by the famous Gill Glass of Philadelphia!
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.
During the 1950s and 1960s, this style fixture was one of THE iconic looks. It’s just dazzling.
I’ve collected Gill Glass for years now and have long admired the quality of their fixtures and high style. But normally I come across Gill fixtures from the 1930s and 1940s, and have never before offered this fixture (I like it so much it’s now hanging in my dining room. For now).
The fixture is also wondrously original and retains its canopy (with a Gill sticker), and the white paint on the huge reflecting dish.
While the fixture is mostly brass, because it’s made by Gill Glass there has to be, of course, some nice glass. The three white glass shades look simple enough but when you hold them in your hand they are immediately recognizable as being beautifully crafted. The glass is thick.
Because so much of the light is bounced off the reflecting shade, a nice diffused quality of light is offered. Nice.
There is a swivel joint just under the canopy. This helps the fixture from being damaged if struck, and also allows it to hang straight from a shallow vaulted ceiling (like commonly seen in many Mid-century modern homes).
Also, I don’t have a 1950s Gill catalog or price list but based on other Gill fixtures I know this fixture was at the very top price-wise. It’s beautifully made and has held up well (cheaper version don’t look this good after almost sixty years).
Wholly restored and with new sockets and wiring, this fixture is ready to hang, and comes with all the mounting hardware needed!
- The fixture accepts standard base 60W bulbs.
- The fixture will be shipped partly disassembled (as it originally was). It’s easy to reassemble.
- Brass and white.
- The fixture hangs down 32-inches and is almost 24-inches wide.
- The only issue is incredibly minor. One shade has a flea bite on its upper edge. I mean flea bite.
- The white paint on the reflector shade is, as noted, original. It was once bright white and is now an off white. The paint is in remarkable condition for its age with only minor scuffs and minute bits of loss.
- The porcelain sockets and wiring are new.
- I believe the brass retains its original lacquer. This all looks very good with only some minor age spotting. I also believe that the heat of the bulbs burned the lacquer off the socket cups (or most of it). These were the only components that I gently polished. The lacquer on the canopy shows some minor age spots, too. If you like I can remove the lacquer and polish the canopy.
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