The Cross House was built in 1894, and with gas/electric lighting.
At some point however ALL the original lighting was removed from the house. I am waiting for a time-travel app on my iPhone so I can go back in time and slap the person who made this decision.
Even though I restore vintage lighting for a living, I specialize in lighting from about 1915 to the 1970s. Lighting from the 1890s? I know essentially nothing about it.
However, I do love a learning curve.
I am not going for a museum-perfect decor. Over a century has passed since the Cross House was built and this passage of time will be reflected in how I decorate the interior. So, do not be alarmed if a Sputnik chandelier lands in one room. For the dining room, I purchased a George III-style crystal chandelier. It is BIG and scaled for the huge room. It was also a bargain at $800.
Still, I look forward to having most of the lighting reflect the age when the house was built. While I cannot afford the scale of fixtures appropriate for the living room, dining room, and library, it seems that smaller fixtures are often amazingly affordable.
So, as you have noted, I have not yet actually purchased ANY lighting which can be confirmed as being from the early 1890s. I seem to be finding lighting from a decade later.
I assume that as I learn more, over the years all the above imposteurs will be replaced with confirmed 1890s fixtures, and I will sell the above fixtures.