A Zounding Beauty!


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There are two glass shades. The lower, acorn-shaped shade has a white finish on its lower section, and is clear glass on top. The upper shade is very wide (a whopping 17-inches) and almost flat. This is a milk-type glass. You can imagine how hard it is to find this fixture with both its shades intact.


The fixture abounds with scrumptious cast-brass components.


Love this sphere in the center of the chain.


Again, zounds.


I have previously offered this simple version. Also stunning but nothing compared to the “imperial” version!


I am uncertain how old the fixture is. Circa-1915?

It would have originally been used in a commercial setting like a bank. Today, it would be a knockout in a kitchen.



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  1. Bo Sullivan on July 10, 2020 at 10:23 pm

    Ross, you are correct at c1915 – these fixtures are pretty much entirely related to the introduction of the Mazda C lamp – the first commercial gas-filled bulb – that could burn more efficiently and greatly increased light output. These became widely adopted in 1914/1915 and the opal or white glass “schoolhouse” style fixture was born from it.

    • Ross on July 10, 2020 at 10:44 pm

      Cool! Thank you, Bo!

  2. Leigh on July 11, 2020 at 1:47 am

    Interesting tidbit, Bo. Lovely restoratuon, Ross.

    • Leigh on November 21, 2020 at 10:38 am


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