American Bent Slag Glass Chandelier Early 1900's
Beautiful chandelier ! Slag glass was bent in an oven. Held in a spelter metal frame with brass strips. I love how the tone of the lamp changes with intensity of light. Six light sockets could be turn on or off individually to change intensity, but I think a dimmer would be better. Original chain and ceiling fixture.
Condition as found
Should be restored, rewired, by a good lighting specialist. Missing small cap in light socket area, see pic. Look at first pic and notice parallel wire around circumference of the lamp. I believe that is where glass beading or cloth fringe was attached. Last pic shows tight hair line crack in one of the panels. Must be mentioned , but almost impossible to see. 26" diameter
Following copied from Collector's Weekly "Slag glass, also known as marble glass or malachite glass, is a type of opaque, streaked pressed glass. Production of slag glass originated in late-19th-century England, where glass manufacturers are thought to have added slag from iron-smelting works to molten glass to create a range of effects—from tortoiseshell to marbling. Among other uses, slag glass was a popular material for lampshades. In the United States, manufacturers such as Westmoreland and Akro Agate picked up on the techniques developed in England and produced their own versions of slag glass. As in England, one of the most popular applications for their pressed opaque glass was in lampshades. Wide bands of creamy colors allowed the light source in a lamp to fill a room with a soft ivory glow, while the purples and greens and reds pieced together in detailed leaded shades resulted in multi-colored illumination."