The Cross House
Finding early 1890s gas/electric chandeliers and sconces for the Cross House will be a monumental, daunting task, requiring many years (decades?), and also requiring a vast fortune. Yes, I play the lottery weekly.
Another monumental task will be finding period-correct glass shades for all the lights. I grow weak at the very thought.
Last year I purchased a number of fixtures which I later learned were more 1904 than 1894. And all were electric rather than gas/electric. As such, I have been restoring these, and listing them for sale. Most need shades, and the simple fixtures seem to require simple shades rather than the more elaborate shades seen in the early 1890s.
While going through old lighting catalogs I noticed that a number of post-1900 fixtures had plain white shades with rippled edges.
I found such a set online, but they looked new to me. I could not explain why, as I know so little about pre-1920 fixtures and shades.
The solution? I emailed Bo Sullivan! He graciously responded, and I thought I would create a post about what I learned, and included Bo’s observations in quotes, below.
I do not mean to suggest that vintage shades all have ruffled edges. Shades from the Victorian-era come in all shapes and styles.