This was a particularly splendid gasolier
made by John Hardman & Co.
The four chandeliers, referred to as "gasoliers
," and 22 matching bracket lights were manufactured in the United States by the Central Gas Fixture Company of New York.
It is difficult now to imagine the enchantment of a world of steady, abundant light after centuries of flickering candles and smoky gasoliers
. Although Thomas Edison's lightbulb appeared in 1879, it was some time before supply and distribution systems for electricity were in place, and in 1920 only 12 per cent of British households were wired for electricity.
are suspended in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows and cast a serene light into the house.
Some remarked on the lovely effect at night when the window, lit by three gasoliers
, was seen from the street.
The home is also noted for incorporating the most modern technology of the day, including full indoor plumbing, circulating hot water heat, central vacuum system, venting skylight, elevator, and gasoliers
(combination gas and electric fixtures).