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"Empire Company" 5 Light Bronze Chandelier / Circa 1920's

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    Posted 1 year ago

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    I purchased this light fixture from a fellow vendor at our local antique shop about three years ago. It had been hanging in her booth for a while and then it was gone. I asked had she sold it and she said "no I took it home". It was originally in the foyer of her former home and she had removed it before they left. I said OK seeing as it obviously had some sentimental value for her. A few days later she said "I'll sell it to you though, it will be perfect for your house." So here it is ! I decided to hang it as soon as the ceiling was painted. There originally was a big clunky ceiling fan and lights here. We kept walking into it and bumping our heads. The ceilings are low but being over a table it is not a probably now. It's quite heavy and I had a devil of a time hanging it by myself. A ladder and bucket system worked fine. Originally it did not have the shades. I used the heavy quilted halogens which looked fine. One day while I was working at the shop a customer came in with a box. In it were these five delicate hand painted shades. He said he was going to throw them out if no one wanted them ! They were perfect. I said how much and he replied 10 bucks...Sold !! Finding five identical shades was better than winning the Very fragile like eggshell and very dirty. One had a hairline crack. The delicate oil painting would wash off but I managed to carefully clean them without any apparent loss. They turned out great and look beautiful ! -Mike-

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    1. mikelv85 mikelv85, 1 year ago
      Thanks for the "love" Newfld :)
    2. jscott0363 jscott0363, 1 year ago
      Beautiful chandelier Mike! I really love the shades you you went with on this. Very nice!
    3. mikelv85 mikelv85, 1 year ago
      Thanks Scott...yes the shades are really nice. Can't imagine them being thrown away. So glad I was able to rescue them. :)
    4. mikelv85 mikelv85, 1 year ago
      Thanks for the "loves" dav2no1, fortapache, Vynil33rpm, and Watchsearcher. :)
    5. LazyBoy LazyBoy, 1 year ago
      love the light and the room just needs a little kiss to the light base to make it pop for me ...nice job
    6. mikelv85 mikelv85, 1 year ago
      Thanks for the "loves" Karen, Kevin, blunderbuss2.....LazyBoy, you are so right and I can't believe that oversite I usually do use the ceiling medallions. I have another I need to install by the back door to compliment the faux tin ceiling we installed. :)
    7. LazyBoy LazyBoy, 1 year ago
      lol Mike its all about detail ..ya ya ...your place looks really swell ,you did a great job...have a safe weekend.....later
    8. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 1 year ago
      How'd you attach the shades to it, Mike? I've got a couple similar (not as pretty) fixtures, but they don't have any actual brackets to hold shades -- I've always figured they weren't intended to have them since back then folks were kinda proud of their bare electric lightbulbs...?? (being a 'luxury' above gas lighting, that is)
    9. mikelv85 mikelv85, 1 year ago
      Hi AnythingObscure....well the trick here was I kept the quilted halogens. I just put the shade on first and replaced the bulb (not too tight). Since they're round they hold the shade firmly in place without any gap. Wouldn't work with anything but a round bulb or it would fall right off. :) -Mike-
    10. mikelv85 mikelv85, 1 year ago
      Thanks for the "love" FreshAir and aura. :)
    11. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 1 year ago
      Oh dear Mike -- PLEASE be careful with the shades that way - halogen bulbs can get *hot*?!! (and without some sort of shade bracket to vent part of that heat, will eventually bake the sockets to death if not crack the antique glass... ;-( :-( :-(
    12. mikelv85 mikelv85, 1 year ago
      Not to fear AnythingObscure ..the fixture has a halogen compatible dimmer that I usually keep set low. So they don't get all that hot at the base against the glass. The bulbs are very thick heavy glass too and contain the heat well. You can touch them actually. :)

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