Signed Handel Hanging Fixture


Here for your consideration is for a beautiful large signed "Handel" hanging fixture that is 25" in diameter and hangs 45" from the ceiling on heavy signed Handel brass chain. This early 20th century leaded shade is one of Handel's largest production shades. Has that special glass that Handel was known for a smaller version of the shade (22") is shown in the Handel Lamp Book by Hibel and Fontaine on page 61 in the lower left image. The shade is eight (8) sided with bent glass at the transition to the border, is 9.5" deep. The borders have an overlayed stylized floral pattern with painted leaves and floral features. The fixture is in an inverted configuration with 5 Hubbell sockets with long acorn chain pulls. Notice the original Handel "squashed ball" cluster. The fixture is in very good completely functional condition with some minor glass cracks consistent with a fixture of this age. All cracks are tight and stable. Comes complete with all hardware ready to hand and rewired for safety .This fixture was made during the same period as Tiffany Studios, Duffner and Kimberly, Unique, Wilkinsons and other higher end leaded lamp makers. A real bargain at $3,350.

This fixture hung in the now demolished "Blackie's House of Beef" that was a local Washington, DC landmark for many years.

I will double box and ship the fixture by UPS or FedEx Ground with the actual shipping paid for by the buyer. Insurance will be required. The fixture weighs approximately 40 pounds.

Philip Handel joined in partnership with Adolph Eydam in 1885 to form the "Eydam and Handel Company" in Meriden, Connecticut. When this partnership dissolved in 1892, the remaining company was relocated to larger facilities and was thereafter known as "Philip J. Handel" and then as "Handel and Company". "The Handel Company" originally incorporated on June 11, 1903 with Philip J. Handel, Albert Parlow, and Antone Teich as the primary officers. Philip J. Handel married his second wife, Fannie Hirschfield Handel, in 1906, and she became company President upon Philip Handel's death in 1914. She would remarry (Fannie Handel Turner) in 1918 and managerial control of the company soon passed to William F. Handel, Philip's cousin. The immediate post World War I period was one of tremendous growth and profitability for The Handel Company. However, the economic slowdown of the late 1920's and resulting Great Depression had a devastating effect on company fortunes. By 1929, most production had ceased, and manufacturing ended all together in 1936. In Handel's hayday, they produced many types of high quality lamps which are in high demand.