My Bouncing Heart.


This was on eBay. My lust was instant and intense. I had had HAD to have it. The opening bid was high, but profound desire had already eclipsed my senses. I recognized the chandelier as being by Lightolier, and I love love love Lightolier. The chandelier was also 1940s, and I particularly adore 1940s Lightolier. I had never seen this chandelier before. This increased my desire. Immensely. Note how the shade matches the glass sphere. OMG! I had to have this!!!!!!!! My heart was soaring!



It was completely original, including the distinctive brass finial disk.



My heart leapt like Nureyev upon realizing I was the high bidder.



A week later my nice UPS guy delivered a box and, as he handed it to me, I drew back. “Oh oh. I just know this box isn’t packed well.” The box had this kinda crumpled look common to boxes without enough packing material inside to withstand normal handling during shipping. The nice UPS guy nodded assent, and gently shook the huge box. “Sounds OK.” It did. So, maybe I was wrong? My heart lifted. But things quickly grew alarming when I opened the box. My heart sank. The box was, as expected, only but half filled. Now, I cannot tell you how bad this is. Because whatever was inside bounced around the box interior the whole trip. Bounce! Bounce! Bang! Bounce! Bang! Smash! Well, I pulled out the little bit of packing material, gently lifted the bubble-wrapped whatever, placed it on a counter, and started cutting away. I could now hear broken glass. And inside was my worst fear…



…the fabulous glorious rare rare rare Lightolier. My heart? It sank to the floor. And burst out crying.



The shade, well, what remains of the shade, is simply incredible. It is made, or so I think, from two layers of glass. An inner clear interior, and an outer opaque layer (kinda a VERY pale golden color).



Then, at least I think, designs were wheel-cut into the outer layer, producing these stunning creations with petite beveled edges. GORGEOUS. All of this is highly evident in person.


The seller, luckily, was gracious, and gave me a full refund ASAP. My hope is that in time, in time, in time, I will find a matching 16-1/2-inch wide shade, and the glory which once was will rise again.

My heart is vaguely hopeful.




My online vintage lighting store.






  1. Cindi M on October 28, 2016 at 4:35 am

    It amazes me the way some people pack stuff.

  2. Cory on October 28, 2016 at 6:26 am

    Sorry buddy. That’s happened to me more than once with eBay.

  3. Gia Poore on October 28, 2016 at 2:01 pm

    Tragic that it should come so far to meet such an end. My heart sinks with you. I will keep my eye out in our antique and restoration stores for you.

  4. nathan davis on November 30, 2016 at 5:15 am

    in the absence off a replacement shade, could not this shade be repaired with resin?

    • Ross on November 30, 2016 at 7:03 am

      Possible. But it would LOOK repaired. And buyers SO don’t want that!

  5. Mike on February 4, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Ross, I work for the US Postal Service, and it is very disturbing and disheartening, the way that some people fail to pack items properly for shipping. And even more irritating is the way that they almost always blame the USPS when fragile items are broken…

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