Five-branch Chandelier by F.& C.Osler with Webb style shades

Five-branch Chandelier by F.& C.Osler with Webb style shades


Five-branch Chandelier by F. & C. Osler with Webb style shades:
the five overhanging arms with leafy decoration and scrolling supports, issuing from baluster stem, in gilded metal; fitted with a set of shades in turquoise-over-clear acid-etched glass, with flower design (possibly by Webb). Circa 1900.

Height: 22½" - 57.0cm
Width: 25" - 63.5cm

Osler & Co. (F & C)

Founded in Birmingham, England, in 1807, F & C Osler produced some of the most magnificent and imaginative items ever to come from a glass manufacturer. Thomas Osler, his sons, Follett and Clarkson, and after 1831, his nephew Abraham, were known for their exquisitely cut glass, often combined with fine gilded-metal mounts and framework, produced by their own craftsmen. From about 1840, they had established good contacts with the Middle East and had a gallery in Calcutta, India. Osler made an extravagant cut glass fountain for the centre of The Great Exhibition in 1851. They continued making chandeliers of the highest quality until well into the 20th century. In 1924, they took over the well-known lighting manufacturer Faraday Ltd. and went on producing light fittings until the 1970s.

Webb, Thomas & Sons

Thomas Webb & Sons, a leading Stourbridge glasshouse founded in 1837, producing more adventurous decorative glass from c.1880. Their intricately carved 'cameo' or cased-glass pieces were exceptional and most of their production was good quality glassware, which they are still making today. See Richardson of Stourbridge.


A term adopted about 1900 to describe chandeliers specifically made for electricity. The very first electricity supply systems were from 1882. Important country houses had their own generators installed, such as Chatsworth House in 1895. Electricity became more commonly used in middle class homes from 1900.

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