Resurrecting Glamour & Glitter
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I never get over the thrill of taking something which does not look like much, and by simply restoring what has been lost, the original beauty is resurrected.
Alas, I could not save everything. The original chain was corroded. I replaced it with period-correct chain, and nickel-plated.
Originally, the chandelier had glass hurricane shades. These were long gone. In the Before images, you can see the metal cups they once sat in. The likelihood of finding the original shades is about as good as winning the lottery. So I removed the cups, and converted the sockets to accept off-white candles. This is actually OK as Lightolier almost always offered their chandeliers with or without hurricane shades. If one chose the latter, the chandelier would have arrived at your home looking just like the After image, above (many buyers preferred silk shades rather than glass).
Well, it is late, and I am exhausted, but feeling a deep sense of satisfaction. After thirty-five years of being banished to a musty box in a basement, a beautiful Lightolier chandelier is once again dazzling.
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