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Circa 1850 Rod Hung Gasolier Attributed to Cornelius, Baker Company (ANT-1289)
Price:$4,500.00
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Circa 1850 Rod Hung Gasolier Attributed to Cornelius, Baker Company (ANT-1289)

ANT-1289 Circa 1850 Rod Hung Gasolier Attributed to Cornelius, Baker Company

Most chandeliers of this early period usually have had changes made to them for many reasons i.e. changing from Gas to electricity, Style changes…shades break…homes are re-located. It is nice to find and have one that has not been beat up with changes.

Remaining true to the time period, this fixture still has the 2 5/8” fitter shades and has NOT been changed over to the ubiquitous 1890 4” fitter shade type that we see all the time. However, for safety, the gas keys have been modified to prevent them from cutting the wires that pass thru the original gas pipe.

Peter Myers book “Gaslighting in America” also shows an early rod hung chandelier, but, with modern changes to their chandelier on page 85...illustration from the Smithsonian Institution.

Rod chandeliers and chandeliers with figures were popular during the 1850’s. They are called “Allegorical Chandeliers” which were very much en vogue during this time.

Other than the UL required electrical changes, we have a rather attractive three-arm rod hung antique gasolier by one of the most famous makers of gasoliers of the early American gas age: Cornelius.  

The main identity clue, besides the Myers book, is the gas key. Gas keys of this age were like signatures. Chandeliers that were never signed can often be identified by their gas key designs. The gas key on this gasolier is the same as the pictures from the Smithsonian.

Is a gas fixture from 170 years ago perfect? Heck no! But is it in rather good condition commensurate with its advanced age...you betcha.

Now, after re-wiring in our UL shop...this gasolier (chandelier) is ready to bere-installed into someone’s nice Victorian home.

Measurements:  The chandelier diameter is about 24”. The existing height is 41”. Definitely made to hang in the taller ceilings on the Victorian era.

Price: $4,500.00 for this authentic, re-wired, UL approved Cornelius, Baker Company gasolier safely now converted to electricity...plus shipping.