Cody Sconces. SQUEE!!!!!!!!

A while back, Cody came across a RARE pair of 1890s gas/electric swivel sconces. He brought them to my attention, and I purchased the pair.

After some time, I was able to hang them in the parlor.

But even though I laboriously ran new wires through the walls to the sconces, I never finished the wiring. Meaning, all this time the sconces have remained dark.

Until yesterday…


…when I finished the wiring. The sconces are to each side of the mantel. Sorry for the dark image. Click on image to enlarge.


The sconces are unconverted, meaning that the upper arm is still for gas.




  1. Architectural Observer on February 3, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    Gloriously delicious! They look perfect.

  2. Cody H on February 3, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    Yay! They look so good!

    Confession…I almost bought them for myself, but I’m glad that you ended up with them. They look so much better as the cherries on top your perfect parlor than they would have looked in the cardboard box in storage, had they ended up mine.

    Are you still thinking you might switch them out for a Z swivel, if you can ever find some, or are you happy with the L? J think they look fabulous, but I’m curious to know what your thoughts are.

  3. Sandra Diane Lee on February 5, 2019 at 12:34 am

    Love the sconces!
    Perfect for the parlor & completes the room!

  4. Mila B on February 6, 2019 at 1:26 pm

    Lovely! The scones do swivel for a reason. Turning them towards the mantle will reflect the light in a mirror hence making it brighter. Victorians used to love mirrors for their ability to double the amount of their beloved clutter and to increase the density of otherwise dull light. Sure modern voltage does not require extra reflection and lightly shaded corner looks more atmospheric and relaxing.

  5. Seth Hoffman on February 6, 2019 at 1:56 pm

    Those look great!

    I’m interested to know how they were originally intended to be used with the swivel function, especially Z vs L swivel types. Would the residents have wanted to have them shining more directly on pictures and knick-knacks cluttering the mantle (as the Victorians were so fond of), or to direct light for reading in chairs beside the fireplace?

  6. Karen Spencer on February 6, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Hi Ross I just found your Brief History of Gas/Electric Lighting. And now I am enlightened! Thanks Ross! Great article and awesome pix.

    • Ross on February 6, 2019 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks, Karen!

      Oh, and I did get your Christmas card! Thank you!

      BIG hug!


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