Posted 3 years ago
These two chandeliers are about 20" in diameter. These came with my house (sitting room and living room), but I consider them to be part of my collection. This is because the first thing several of my family members urged me to do when I bought this house was to remove them, lower the ceilings from 11 feet to 8 or 9 feet and replace the chandeliers with ceiling fans (!!!!!). I never seriously considered doing that but.... They have been on my mind recently as I just corrected some creative adaptations made by an earlier owner who, because these chandeliers apparently never had a way to add shades over the bulbs, wound scotch tape around the sockets until it was thick enough to just slide shades over so they would rest on the tape and not rest on the bulbs. I just recently cut the tape off and installed brass adapters to hold the shades. I still need to do the other chandelier. The house was completely rewired (ROMEX) by one of the great grandchildren of the original owners in 1991, replacing the knob and tube wiring (which can still be seen in the basement), but I don't know if he left the original wiring on the chandeliers or if it had been replaced since they were originally installed or if he used something different to blend in. He was an electrician by trade, so I trust his judgement. The attic has ROMEX in it. The house was built in 1883 and five generations of the family lived here until 1992 or 1993. I bought it in January 1998 after two other owners. The widow of the builder died in the 1920s and one of the grandchildren bought out the other heirs and remodeled the exterior to Arts and Crafts style in the early 1930s. No one living knows when the chandeliers were installed. I think they were probably installed in the 1920s. My question is, "What style are they?". I think Art Deco, but they could also be in the range of Arts and Crafts... I have not checked for a maker's mark, but will do that tomorrow.