Silverplate chandelier made ca. 1910


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Unique silver-plate chandelier (using a plating process where the silver is bonded on a non-ferrous metal, perhaps brass or zinc), custom-made by Lawrence B. Smith in Sheffield, MA circa 1910 for an estate house in Racine, Wisconsin built in 1850 at the time that it was being wired for electricity. This item is totally unique in that Lawrence B. Smith Silversmiths (known worldwide for superior quality tea and coffee sets, cups, candlesticks, etc.) rarely made an item this large. It is approximately 23" in width and hangs about 28" in length. It has six arms each with a light bulb base (standard size). It is stylized to simulate a traditional candleabra, with faux wax tray collars at the base of the light fixtures. The detail work is exquisite acanthas leaf motif. This item has never been offered for sale and there is no sale or auction record of any other item like it from Lawrence B. Smith of this vintage. In 1990 it was assessed as "priceless" by a certified art/antique appraiser in California. This assessment was qualified as that a fair market value was unable to be estimated because there were no comparable items of its vintage or quality upon which a price basis could be determined. Item is fully electrified and usable as a ceiling fixture. Item can be disassembled and packed in a simple medium-sized container.

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