Yearning for my Lost Lighting
When built in 1894, the Cross House had lighting fixtures which were a combination of gas and electric.
None remain. Much to my vexation. Nor do I have tantalizing interior archival images to offer an idea of what was. More vexation!
I assume the fixtures were removed when the house was turned into the Palace Motel in 1950, as a way of making the old house seem modern. On the bright side, this is all that was removed during this likely update. All the mantles (and overmantels) remain, as do the doors, windows, and 40 stained-glass windows. Whew!
Finding great 1890s gas/electric fixtures is daunting, and finding them at something even vaguely resembling affordability is near-impossible. I imagine that at some point many many many years down the road I will stumble across a dazzling specimen in an old garage for $50. Or rather, I pray for such a discovery.
Thus, you can imagine my intense jealousy when Matt came across a knock-out for his 1889 house:
Shortly after going live with this post, Matt let me know the following:
“I first thought the lower gas arms would have had gas shades and fitters too, but it turns out they never had shades. The arms are too close together for shades and doing research this chandelier would have originally had glass bobeches and sleeves.”
So, wow. His chandelier never did have glass shades over the gas jets. Cool. Cool!
While I restore vintage lighting for a living, I specialize in post-1920 lighting. Victorian-era lighting is an entirely different species.
But it is fun learning a new language.
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