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1930s wisteria chandelier by Gill Glass
1 in stock
I’m very pleased to offer this rare 1930s “Bellefont” chandelier by the famous Gill Glass & Fixture Company!
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.
Gill offered the chandelier in three finishes. The one listed here is “stained bronze”.
I purchased the chandelier because I recognized it as being by Gill. And I had never had one before!!!!!! I was a bit wary though because the chandelier was missing its finial and crystals. I had no idea what these looked like, so was thrilled to find a rare 1938 catalog image! I was able to match the crystals, and I found a close approximation to the finial.
The glass shade is stunning. It features a design of wisteria! Wow. The colors are brown, ivory, and rose.
The shade is topped with an intricate rim.
There are three bulbs. Each socket accepts a 60W bulb.
Al the wiring is new. The vertical wire is cloth-covered like the original. Nice.
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.
SIZE: The fixture hangs down about 43-inches and is 18-inches wide. I can remove up to 15-inches of chain; I can add chain.
- The shade has a crack in the center. This is almost entirely covered by the wide mounting disk. There are also some chips to the edges of the shade; these are covered by the metal rim. There is also some scuffing to the shade.
- The “stained bronze” finish is original. It clearly looks vintage. It cannot be polished (the polish will remove the finish).
- The crystals, as noted, are new. They match the originals.
SHIPPING: Insured shipping in the Continental US will be…FREE!