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Doris, Antiques Appraiser
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My wife is staging a old home going up for sale in Old

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my wife is staging a old home going up for sale in Old Louisville. It's a large victorian era brick home and has, what looks like, an original light fixture in it. We were just curious if it is original and if so, of any value?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris replied 11 months ago.

Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you.

Here is an excellent brief history of electricity in the domestic market:

"It was in the late 1870s when America's greatest inventor -- Thomas Alva Edison -- developed and built the first electricity generating plant in New York City.

Electric lighting came to Chicago in 1880, when the Palmer House Hotel installed electric lights in time for that year's Republican National Convention. Later that year in Philadelphia the first electric lights were strung along a ten-block stretch of Chestnut Street. A year later John Wanamaker installed electric lights in his new department store. The age of electricity had arrived!

By 1920 all of the nation's major cities had competing electric companies, each with its own sets of poles and wires. In order to bring service to more people, states began adopting laws providing for a single electric company in each city. From these laws grew the "regulatory compact" which formed the foundation of the electric utility industry in the U.S. for nearly eight decades."

Source: Anonymous

TVA was not formed until 1933 to bring cheaper electricity to the area which should have included Louisville.

Your light fixture is not original to your Victorian era house (this period ended ca 1900).

If you would like to sell the fixture which dates ca 1920-1930s, these are my suggestions.

Online auctions like eBay generally bring wholesale selling prices.

If you would like to sell close to estimated retail, some ideas are:

The internet has your largest audience of buyers. Place small ads on these sites or set up your own small store on these sites.

Be sure to specify local pick up only for large items. That way the buyer would be responsible for obtaining his own insurance and transport.

Accept PayPal only. - small fees - 20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price.

Or your nearest where you can list items for free. Accept cash only.

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Expert:  Doris replied 11 months ago.

Hi there!

I'm just following up with you to see how everything is going. Did my answer help or do you have more questions about your item that would help?

Kind regards,

Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Hi! Yes, your answer was helpful!!! Thank you
Expert:  Doris replied 11 months ago.

You are most welcome.

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