Category Archives: Chandeliers

Deco Lighting: A Walk Down Memory Lane

At The Brass Knob we feel sentimental about ALL our vintage wares and architectural antiques, but there’s a special place in our hearts for those pieces that remind us of   simpler, happier days. In some of our rose-colored nostalgia, everyone dressed better … Continue reading

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We’ve Gone Mid-Century Mod with Sciolari

Chances are, if you’re in to mid-century design and have scoured images of statement-making chandeliers from that era, you’ve seen the work of Gaetano Sciolari. A quick browse on houzz shows us how his designs, from the 1950s – 70s, inspire … Continue reading

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Are those chandelier prisms crystal, or just glass?

This is one of those trick questions that pops up in the shop from time to time, and probably anyplace where glassware is sold. It applies to vintage lighting and contemporary creations.  Trying to sort out the various designations of … Continue reading

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Around the turn of the 20th century, as electric lighting was being adopted, there arose a concurrent taste for Greco-Roman classicism. This probably began with “The White City” of the 1904 St Louis exposition, where the gleaming new white buildings … Continue reading

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Gas AND electricity–in the same fixture? Why?

It seems odd to us today, dangerous even, to run electric wires in the same fixture as live gas is being used.  Yet such was the case at the turn of the century.  Why on earth did anyone do that? … Continue reading

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Summer Sale

July 7-22 is one of the best times to shop at the Brass Knob because those are the dates of our 2012 Summer Sale. Most of the architectural antiques online store are 20% Off. Hardware and the few items for sale … Continue reading

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This Just In!

This beautiful European antique chandelier recently came into the shop and we just had to share it. This unique 8-arm crystal fixture has magnificent golden amber glass which is cut to clear to make intricate designs with matching bobeches and … Continue reading

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Lighting Repair and Restoration

The Brass Knob Architectural Antiques offers many services. One relatively new one about which we are especially excited is repair and restoration of vintage lighting. Our knowledgeable staff can take on jobs large and small; everything from a simple cleaning … Continue reading

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