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Object Name Chandelier
Catalog Number 1990.14.34
Maker Harvey Hubbell, Inc.
Date ca. 1912
Material(s) Brass; steel; rubber; glass;
Dimensions H-15 W-16 D-4.25 inches
Description This is a combination gas and electric chandelier. It is brass plated steel with two curved radial arms; one a gas light, the other an electric light. The gas fixture has a flow adjustment knob and a shut-off valve at the base of the arm. The electric fixture has black rubber switch. It also has two cylindrical frosted-glass globes secured by spring wires, which are decorated with orange flower and green leaves. The hanger pole has a large conical base cup which holds both electric and gas lines.
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 Harvey Hubbell, Inc.
Subjects Gas
Gas light fixtures
Gas-lighting
Electric lighting
Light
Chandeliers
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS