1930s chandelier!! GILL GLASS!! Fabulous glass shades!!

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  • Item Category: Furniture & Furnishings
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Apr 15, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House


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I sell restored vintage lighting. What I love is bringing fixtures back to their original appearance. I don’t alter them, add parts, change the colors, or anything. All my lights look like they did when first leaving the factory. Except with new wiring!

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Why a BUY IT NOW instead of a regular auction?

I’m very pleased to offer this stunning late 1930s chandelier by the famous Gill Glass of Philadelphia !

(Gill Glass & Fixture Company was located at Amber and Tioga Streets, in Philadelphia . Remember that far, far away time when America actually made stuff? Sigh.)

As you can see in the second image (from a Gill catalog) the fixture is quite original, and was offered in two finish options. The most expensive was chrome, as this fixture is, and was a whopping $43.88 (from a 1949 price list). I know, you laugh, but you could buy very beautiful fixtures for $15!

The chandelier has five shades, and as Gill specialized in glass, the shades are quite extraordinary. They are white, and feature flowers and leaves in high relief. Lovely! These really come to life when the fixture is lighted. Moreover, through some magic of glassmaking, the shades have a gorgeous sorta pinky iridescence glow when lighted, and the tops edges glow pink. I could not capture this on film, but the effect is very apparent when you walk around the fixture – and just striking. It’s even hard to describe, but there’s like an irradiant pink that moves around the shades as you move. Again, gorgeous. Gorgeous!

The fixture is mostly chrome plate, and this has held up remarkably well, as the images testify.

The vertical wire is new, and cloth-covered like the original. Nice.

Originally intended for a living/dining room, due to the white shades and chrome today I can envision the fixture is your newly renovated kitchen, or spa bath!

While we look at such a fixture as being daringly 1930s, in its day the fixture would have been simply thought of as modern and up-to-date, and would have been used in homes with mostly traditional furnishings.

(I love looking through vintage decorating magazines because you will see fixtures like this but, again, with almost exclusively traditional furnishings, and in traditional homes like Colonial-Revival or a Cape Cod. It’s very rare that such fixtures are shown with Art Deco furnishings in dramatic Deco houses – except in Hollywood movies!)

Wholly restored, this fixture is ready to hang, and comes with all the mounting hardware needed!


The fixture accepts standard base 60W bulbs.

COLOR : White shades. Chrome.

SIZE : The fixture hangs down about 24-inches and is an impressive 22-inches wide. I can remove up to 6-inches of chain. I can add chain.


One shade has a chip to its upper edge. This is hard to see, even more so if you point the chip to the center of the fixture. The top edges of several shades have small flea bits and a few small chips. Unless you are really looking, you won’t see them. As stated, the chrome plate looks very good. Amazingly so actually. The long, thin finial however is not plated but is rather aluminum (I believe). This shows some subtle age spotting. There’s also a small dome just under the center vase; this has some loss and spotting. The canopy shows the most wear, in a ring around its center (see last image). However, being eight or more feet in the air, this should not be readily obvious. The fixture was rewired about ten years ago I estimate, and the sockets replaced, too. I left all this in place, but did replace the vertical wire with a new, silver, cloth-covered wire. The original chain was corroded (th...