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Antique Duplex Oil Lamp Chandelier Brass/bronze Cherubs Rose Glass Swag Lamp Vtg For Sale
You are offerding on:
AN ANTIQUE 19th CENTURY DUPLEX OIL LAMP CHANDELIER CONVERTED TO POWER AN INCANDESCENT
LIGHT BULB. Here's a BEAUTIFUL find from an estate purchase; this came from a very old household in central Kentucky. I
discovered it packed away in a box in the basement; I saw the beautiful glass shade and the electrical cord chain, and assumed it to be a nice
swag lamp. Since I never unpacked it fully from the box before putting it in my own storage space, it wasn't until a good time later when I got it
out to hang it up in my shop that I realized it was actually a verrrrry old chandelier, which someone had very cleverly and craftily converted to an
electric powered swag lamp.
The pictures really just don't convey how big and substantial this fixture is. The glass shade itself is about one foot in diameter, and the
entire fixture measures over three feet tall from the ceiling plate down to the ornament on the bottom! It's quite heavy; the trim rings, ornamental
balls, and the tulip at top are brass, but the three cherubs and the bottom cage are solid, and possibly bronze. The hobnail glass shade sits on
top of the bottom ring, and the other trim ring sits around a lip on the top of the shade. The shade is a gorgeous cranberry/rose red color; I think
the color is "flashed" on... when you examine it closely from the inside you can see a few places around the hobnail bumps where the color is
not complete, and there are a couple small scratches inside the base at the bottom where you can see there is clear glass beneath. It is not
really noticeable in situ, and I was able to clean the glass thoroughly with warm soap and water with no resulting loss in color at all; it is NOT
goofus glass. I can discern four very faint seam lines, which gives you some idea of the age of this piece.
I have not made any attempt at all to clean any other portion of this fixture, so if you're the sort who has the patience to clean brass
and bronze, you will uncover even more beauty at your leisure; I prefer the natural aged patina.
I'm going to throw out a guess that this fixture dates from around the period of the Civil War, largely because of the original duplex oil lamp,
English manufacture. As you can see in the photos, the oil lamp still has the dual burner controls, a key of some sort, and what appears to be a
striker. It even still has the cap on the reservoir. Of course, there's a small hole in the bottom of the reservoir that was made to allow the
electrical cord to pass through, so you'll have to contend with that if you want to convert this back to an oil burner. The original ceiling plate is up
top, so I suppose you could even convert this back to a full-fledged oil-burning chandelier if you are so determined, or just cut into the power
cord above the ceiling plate and voila -- an electric chandelier ready to mount on the ceiling.
Of course, when I was unpacking it and got down to the bottom of the box, I discovered that whoever packed this away so many years ago
was kind enough to individually wrap FORTY EIGHT two-part glass prisms. Sweet! A few of the prisms have wires that may have been bent or
crimped in the past, so they hang slightly higher or lower.. this doesn't bother me, but most of it could be fixed by patient bending or you
could replace a couple hanger wires if you're just completely anal.
From the looks of the chain around the power cord, and the wall plug, this conversion was done LONG before the modern swag lamp era.
The chain actually has a pattern and patina of it's own, and the cord does have a roller switch about six inches from the plug which turns the
lamp on and off. The conversion was very cleverly done: there is a small hole in the top and bottom of the ceiling plate which the power cord
passes through. The cord is almost exactly the same color as the brass, so it passes almost invisibly down the back side of one support
cable, is held to the back of one cherub with very thin, brass-colored tie wire, then down around the bottom support, into the bottom ornamental
ball, and back up through the oil reservoir. Without examining it closely, you might be scratching your head wondering how it works.
You could presumably put any incandescent bulb in the fixture, but the effect is just much nicer if you use a low-wattage red or pink bulb.
My camera is not very effective in low-light situations, but the shade throws an awesome pattern on nearby walls, and with the red bulb in
place, the bottoms of the glass prisms appear to have a rose color as well. I have purchased a new low-wattage red bulb, which I will include in
Now for the fun part! I have absolutely NO EARTHLY IDEA how to value this piece. I mean, how many mid-19th century chandeliers
do you see in a day's time? That solid glass shade is worth a few pennies by itself, and a complete duplex oil lamp is, well, pretty damn rare in
it's own right. Then again, you could start your own business selling off those old glass prisms. My solution is this: I'm going to start
this sale listing off at the whopping sum of NINETY NINE CENTS, with WHATSOEVER. Have fun!
REGARDING SHIPPING: Because of the size, weight, value and fragility of this item, it will ship in TWO SEPARATE
BOXES, one containing the heavy parts and one containing the glass and prisms. Domestic (United States) buyers: You will pay for
one box and I will pay for the other. How nice am I? The cost for shipping shown on the sale listing is an accurate quote for the size and
weight of the box containing the metal parts, and I will ship the glass parts at my own expense. International (non-United States)
buyers: The shipping cost shown covers only the larger, heavier box. At the end of sale, I will send you an updated invoice including the
price of shipping the second box, containing the more fragile parts.
Plenty of photos above so check them all out!
Soda cans, dollar coins, rulers and other objects seen in photos are for size reference only.
I'll be listing several vintage to antique collectible items this month -- I specialize in the unusual -- so you might want
to take a second to click here and
check my other listings.
NOTES ON sale/SALE TERMS AND FULFILLMENT/SHIPPING RATES:
THIS ITEM IS PACKAGED BEFORE LISTING IN A CUSTOM CONTAINER FOR IMMEDIATE SHIPMENT VIA US
POSTAL SERVICE; DOMESTIC BUYERS MAY CHOOSE STANDARD OR PRIORITY SHIPPING AT CHECKOUT. ACTUAL COST IS
SHIPPING PRICE SHOWN; NO ADDITIONAL HANDLING FEES. SORRY, NO COMBINED SHIPPING ON PRE-
PACKED PARCELS; AND INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING IS BY UNITED STATES MAIL
ONLY. Please check the shipping rates shown before making an overseas offer, or email/message for a cost quote before
offerding if you are unsure.
Sale terms and conditions are final as stated. First buyer or highest buyer gets it, depending on the listing
format. I will not modify the sale or sale terms, and I will NOT cheat the system by selling this item outside of . I
work very hard at being fair and accurate, and I really want my buyers to be pleased with their purchase.
My shipping and packaging are always FIRST RATE. I take as much care with my packing as I do with my sales: no plate
glass in a plain envelope here. You'll get the item in the same condition it left my home, and if not, rest assured that insurance for your claim is
included in the shipping price. If you have a claim, I'll send you all the receipts and paperwork you need to remedy the loss at your local Post
Office or other carrier.
As a buyer,you are accepting the responsibilities and restrictions that go along with the opportunity. Specifically:
This item will be shipped ONLY to a verified Paypal address. Your verified Paypal address only. Clear?
The winning buyer is responsible for timely response and payment via Paypal. Any competent er should be
able to complete checkout within 24 hours of sale end, and payment via PAYPAL ONLY is expected within THREE DAYS of the invoice
being sent. No checks, no "net 30 day billing," and no waiting until your late uncle's estate is settled so you can cash in his soda cap
That's it. Just a few very simple points of obligation and agreement. Beyond that, I hope everyone has fun. No horseplay around the
pool area, please.
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