Antique Lights Information
This category represents Antique lights for “great rooms“ that desire
specific detail. Examples of this would be : Argand lights for a mantle, newel
post lights for a post on a stairway landing.
The Art Deco period, 1920 - 1930 , is an art movement involving a mix of modern
decorative art styles, whose main characteristics were derived from various
avant-garde painting styles of the early twentieth century and incorporated
into the antique lights .
Arts and Crafts
In the Arts and Crafts movement , 1895 - 1910 , artists rebelled against the
mass production techniques of the Revivalists, calling upon artists to make
their pieces individually and by hand. There was a simplicity, squareness
and symmetry to Antique lighting of this period.
Antique crystal chandeliers were originally powered by candles or gas. A multi-arm
antique crystal fixture would have bobeches below the light source . Bobeches
are round circular glass dishes that would hold the candle drippings or reflect
the gases’ glow. On the bobeches prisms would be attached to reflect
the light. The body of the crystal chandelier would be glass and prismatic
Antique electric chandeleirs came into existence at the turn of the century
after the gas and electric combination. People found electricity safer and brighter.
fixtures & Pendants
Powered by incandescent bulbs, antique lighting flush fixtures are generally
used for low ceilings and small areas. These antique lights could have various
glass shapes and colors and are mostly enclosed.
Pendants are single bulb antique lights that can hang as long as you want to
make them keeping in mind the proportion of the space they are occupying. They
can be a closed or open antique light made of glass , mica often a lantern and small candle clusters.
Gas & Electric
During the late 1800’s, around the beginning of the use of electric incandescent
lighting, the Gas and Electric Chandelier is also called transitional combination
and G & E form . This chandelier style was derived by the use of incandescent
lighting added to the earlier gas chandelier form. Typically for example on a
6 arm gas and electric chandelier you will see the 3 gas arms facing up and the
3 incandescent lighting arms facing down . This is commonly called the combination
Period following the use of fluids to power chandeliers, gas was manufactured
from coal to power chandeliers. This was an improvement from a safety point of
view because fluids would tend to flow and drip to cause fire hazards. A typical
gas chandelier ( e.g. 3 arm gas chandelier ) would have 3 arms with bowl shades
on the end of the arms housing a gas flame that would light the room . The wattage
output from gas chandeliers was fairly low. Antique Gas fixtures can be placed
in many of the rooms in your home and vary in size and detail.
Harder to Find
In this Category you will find Antique Lights that have more detail or
are more specific to the period. All of our Antique Lights are truly
a labor of past love but in this Category the people of the past spent
extra time making the design and the various combinations of castings,
spinnings, glass, turnings and crystal with an expressiveness unmatched.
Take a look and let us know what interests you.
We want to give you an idea of how our Antique lights look in their Brownstone,
Rowhouse, or 1905 1000’ sq. foot Condominium.
Bowl shaped chandelier supported by chains or rods, these antique lights are
very versatile and can feel at home in many of the rooms of your house. Made
of cast glass, glass, milk glass, slag glass and mica.
Harps, Gas J’s
Type of antique fixture composed of metal, glass and translucent mica
Pair shaped single light gas ceiling fixtures commonly found in the hall
, foyer of a Victorian Home.
Asymmetrical shaped single light gas ceiling fixture commonly found in
halls and small areas.
Antique lighting sconces are placed on a wall or mantle in various rooms of
your home. Antique sconces could be gas, gas and electric, and electric.
A gas sconce would have the arms going up to hold the shade(s), a back plate
to attach to the wall and a gas key on the fixture .
Although you will find
gas keys, all of the gas and gas and electric sconces have been electrified
Antique Gas and electric sconces will have arm(s) going up and arm(s) going
down and a back plate to attach to the wall.
Antique electric sconces will mostly have the arm(s) going down with the exception of electric candle sconces . A back plate to attach to the