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Object Name Chandelier
Catalog Number 1990.14.36
Maker Welsbach
Date ca. 1922
Material(s) Copper; steel; glass;
Dimensions H-43.5 W-19 D-19 inches
Description This is a copper plated steel tube chandelier. On each of the three fixtures there are flow adjustment knobs and air control baffles. The gas technology relies on the clay Welsbach mantle burners. There are shutoff valves at the base of each stem. The whole is suspended on a steel hanger with decorative conical cups ending in half-frosted round glass globes secured by spring wires.
Notes From the Lawrence County farm of the Gambill family operated by Dr. Henry H. Gambill, his twin brother Dr. John Gambill, and Henry's son Charles(the donor). The home was begun in 1922; the family moved inside in December 1923. An affluent home of country doctors who also farmed and invested in area business, the home was constructed with expensive details brought in from the railroad at Hitchens and Webbville. The house originally had combination gas and electric lights powered by a DC generator in the basement. With the coming of rural electrification in the 1940s, these fxtures were stored in the attic.
Collection KHS Museum Collection
People Welsbach
Subjects Chandeliers
Light fixtures
Gas light fixtures
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS