Gas Lamps Photos

In the late 18th C, gas replaced oil as a more convenient and brighter source of light. Gas lamps are recognized by the fact that glass shades point upwards and there is usually a valve on the lowest curve of the pipe feeding gas to the burners to allow residents to reach to adjust the flame brightness. Gas continued in use in the electric era since electric power was often unreliable. Thus, early electric lamp chandeliers combined gas jets pointing up and electric bulb sockets pointing down. If a fixture was originally designed for gas but is now converted to electricity, we still include it in this gas category.

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Bronze seahorse detail on stairwell gas lamp fixtures in California State Capitol. Sacramento, CA.Bronze combined gas & electric lamp on staircase at Haas-Lilienthal House. San Francisco, CA.Hallway bronze ceiling gas & electric lamp fixture at Haas-Lilienthal House with tall ceilings to avoid unpleasant coal gas smell. San Francisco, CA.Combined ceiling gas & electric lamp in dining room at Haas-Lilienthal House. San Francisco, CA.
Bronze seahorse detail on stairwell gas lamp fixtures in California State Capitol. Sacramento, CA.Bronze combined gas & electric lamp on staircase at Haas-Lilienthal House. San Francisco, CA.Hallway bronze ceiling gas & electric lamp fixture at Haas-Lilienthal House with tall ceilings to avoid unpleasant coal gas smell. San Francisco, CA.Combined ceiling gas & electric lamp in dining room at Haas-Lilienthal House. San Francisco, CA.
Combined ceiling gas & electric lamp at Haas-Lilienthal House. San Francisco, CA.Combined gas & electric kitchen lamp at Haas-Lilienthal House. San Francisco, CA.Bathroom lamp at Haas-Lilienthal House. San Francisco, CA.Chandelier at Rosemount House Museum. Pueblo, CO.
Combined ceiling gas & electric lamp at Haas-Lilienthal House. San Francisco, CA.Combined gas & electric kitchen lamp at Haas-Lilienthal House. San Francisco, CA.Bathroom lamp at Haas-Lilienthal House. San Francisco, CA.Chandelier at Rosemount House Museum. Pueblo, CO.
Dining room wooden ceiling & lamp at Rosemount House Museum. Pueblo, CO.Dining room wooden ceiling & lamp at Rosemount House Museum. Pueblo, CO.Combination gas & electric sconces in dining room at Rosemount House Museum. Pueblo, CO.Ceiling medallion with combination gas & electric chandelier at Frank Bloom Mansion. Trinidad, CO.
Dining room wooden ceiling & lamp at Rosemount House Museum. Pueblo, CO.Dining room wooden ceiling & lamp at Rosemount House Museum. Pueblo, CO.Combination gas & electric sconces in dining room at Rosemount House Museum. Pueblo, CO.Ceiling medallion with combination gas & electric chandelier at Frank Bloom Mansion. Trinidad, CO.
Combination gas & electric chandelier at Frank Bloom Mansion. Trinidad, CO.Light fixture over Chinese porcelain cup & tea caddy owned by Patty Olcott Butler with his initials at Butler-McCook House Museum. Hartford, CT.Bird fighting snake light fixture at Butler-McCook House Museum. Hartford, CT.Chandelier in parlor at Isham-Terry House Museum. Hartford, CT.
Combination gas & electric chandelier at Frank Bloom Mansion. Trinidad, CO.Light fixture over Chinese porcelain cup & tea caddy (c1790) owned by Patty Olcott Butler with his initials (PB) at Butler-McCook House Museum. Hartford, CT.Bird fighting snake light fixture at Butler-McCook House Museum. Hartford, CT.Chandelier in parlor at Isham-Terry House Museum. Hartford, CT.
Light fixture in library at Isham-Terry House Museum. Hartford, CT.Dining room chandelier at Isham-Terry House Museum. Hartford, CT.Gas lamp in central hall at Tudor Place. Washington, DC.Dining room nickel-plated bronze chandelier from Austria at Christian Heurich Mansion. Washington, DC.
Light fixture in library at Isham-Terry House Museum. Hartford, CT.Dining room chandelier at Isham-Terry House Museum. Hartford, CT.Gas lamp in central hall at Tudor Place. Washington, DC.Dining room nickel-plated bronze chandelier from Austria at Christian Heurich Mansion. Washington, DC.
Chandelier in Moorish room at Christian Heurich Mansion. Washington, DC.Chandelier in St. John's Church Parish house. Washington, DC.Bronze chandelier in Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home. Augusta, GA.Chandelier in Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home. Augusta, GA.
Chandelier in Moorish room at Christian Heurich Mansion. Washington, DC.Chandelier in St. John's Church Parish house. Washington, DC.Bronze chandelier in Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home. Augusta, GA.Chandelier in Woodrow Wilson Boyhood Home. Augusta, GA.
Art Nouveau gas ceiling lamp at Dodge House. Council Bluffs, IA.Top-floor ballroom with square piano & mirror at Dodge House. Council Bluffs, IA.Ceiling gas lamp at Beresheim House. Council Bluffs, IA.Gas lamp in Senate chamber of Old State Capitol. Springfield, IL.
Art Nouveau gas ceiling lamp at Dodge House. Council Bluffs, IA.Top-floor ballroom with square piano & mirror at Dodge House. Council Bluffs, IA.Ceiling gas lamp at Beresheim House. Council Bluffs, IA.Gas lamp in Senate chamber of Old State Capitol. Springfield, IL.
Conrad-Caldwell House interior. Louisville, KY.Parlor chandelier with stag of Gallier House. New Orleans, LA.Hallway with gas lamp leads to dining room, only room on ground floor, at Gibson House Museum. Boston, MA.Parlor chandelier at Longfellow National Historic Site. Cambridge, MA.
Parlor chandelier wired for both gas & electricity from 1890s in Conrad-Caldwell House. Louisville, KY.Parlor chandelier with stag of Gallier House. New Orleans, LA.Hallway with gas lamp leads to dining room, only room on ground floor, at Gibson House Museum. Boston, MA.Parlor chandelier at Longfellow National Historic Site. Cambridge, MA.
Chandelier originally a gasolier from Boston in library at Longfellow National Historic Site. Cambridge, MA.Chandelier in dining room at Fall River Historical Society Museum. Fall River, MA.Pairpoint glass gasolier chandelier made in New Bedford in front parlor at Rotch-Jones-Duff House. New Bedford, MA.Wing House Museum gas lamp. Coldwater, MI.
Chandelier (c1850) originally a gasolier from Boston in library at Longfellow National Historic Site. Cambridge, MA.Chandelier in dining room at Fall River Historical Society Museum. Fall River, MA.Pairpoint glass gasolier chandelier made in New Bedford in front parlor at Rotch-Jones-Duff House. New Bedford, MA.Wing House Museum gas lamp. Coldwater, MI.
Lamp in Senate chamber of Michigan State Capitol. Lansing, MI.Chandelier at Vaile Mansion. Independence, MO.Chandelier gas lamp at Vaile Mansion. Independence, MO.Front hall lamp fixture at Campbell House Museum. St. Louis, MO.
Lamp in Senate chamber of Michigan State Capitol. Lansing, MI.Chandelier at Vaile Mansion. Independence, MO.Chandelier gas lamp at Vaile Mansion. Independence, MO.Front hall lamp fixture at Campbell House Museum. St. Louis, MO.
Lamp fixture in parlor at Campbell House Museum. St. Louis, MO.Ceiling medallion & chandelier at Campbell House Museum. St. Louis, MO.Hall lamp of woman kneeling in sea shell flanked by dolphins at Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion. St. Louis, MO.Chandelier at Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion. St. Louis, MO.
Lamp fixture in parlor at Campbell House Museum. St. Louis, MO.Ceiling medallion & chandelier at Campbell House Museum. St. Louis, MO.Hall lamp of woman kneeling in sea shell flanked by dolphins at Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion. St. Louis, MO.Chandelier at Chatillon-DeMenil Mansion. St. Louis, MO.
Chandelier at Monmouth mansion. Natchez, MS.Music room lamp in Copper King Mansion. Butte, MT.Chandelier in NB House Chamber. Fredericton, NB.Chandelier in NB House Chamber. Fredericton, NB.
Chandelier at Monmouth mansion. Natchez, MS.Music room lamp in Copper King Mansion. Butte, MT.Chandelier in NB House Chamber. Fredericton, NB.Chandelier in NB House Chamber. Fredericton, NB.
Lamp of New Hampshire State House Senate Chamber. Concord, NH.Dining room chandelier in Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site. Buffalo, NY.Lamp fixture & plaster work in living room ceiling of Old Merchant's House Museum. New York, NY.Gas lamp fixture at Historic Richmond Town Museum. Staten Island, NY.
Lamp of New Hampshire State House Senate Chamber. Concord, NH.Dining room chandelier in Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural Site. Buffalo, NY.Lamp fixture & plaster work in living room ceiling of Old Merchant's House Museum. New York, NY.Gas lamp fixture at Historic Richmond Town Museum. Staten Island, NY.
Lamp fixture in Ohio State Capitol. Columbus, OH.Chandelier in House chamber at Ohio State Capitol. Columbus, OH.Chandeliers in House chamber at Ohio State Capitol. Columbus, OH.Ceiling in Senate chamber at Ohio State Capitol. Columbus, OH.
Lamp fixture in Ohio State Capitol. Columbus, OH.Chandelier in House chamber at Ohio State Capitol. Columbus, OH.Chandeliers in House chamber at Ohio State Capitol. Columbus, OH.Ceiling in Senate chamber at Ohio State Capitol. Columbus, OH.
Chandelier in Senate chamber at Ohio State Capitol. Columbus, OH.Gasolier at Kelton House Museum. Columbus, OH.Etched glass shade of gasolier at Kelton House Museum. Columbus, OH.Lamp fixture in parlor of Hayes Presidential Home. Fremont, OH.
Chandelier in Senate chamber at Ohio State Capitol. Columbus, OH.Gasolier at Kelton House Museum. Columbus, OH.Etched glass shade of gasolier at Kelton House Museum. Columbus, OH.Lamp fixture in parlor of Hayes Presidential Home. Fremont, OH.
Lamp in central hall of James A. Garfield home. Mentor, OH.Brass lamp in James A. Garfield home. Mentor, OH.Gasolier ceiling fixture at National First Ladies' Library. Canton, OH.Ornate chandelier at Ida Saxton McKinley Historic House. Canton, OH.
Lamp in central hall of James A. Garfield home. Mentor, OH.Brass lamp in James A. Garfield home. Mentor, OH.Gasolier ceiling fixture at National First Ladies' Library. Canton, OH.Ornate chandelier at Ida Saxton McKinley Historic House. Canton, OH.
Fringed glass ceiling light fixture at Ida Saxton McKinley Historic House. Canton, OH.Ornate chandelier in dining room at Ida Saxton McKinley Historic House. Canton, OH.Ceiling decoration & chandelier in parlor at Col. Simon Perkins Stone Mansion. Akron, OH.Entry hall lamp in Reese-Peters House. Lancaster, OH.
Fringed glass ceiling light fixture at Ida Saxton McKinley Historic House. Canton, OH.Ornate chandelier in dining room at Ida Saxton McKinley Historic House. Canton, OH.Ceiling decoration & chandelier in parlor at Col. Simon Perkins Stone Mansion. Akron, OH.Entry hall lamp in Reese-Peters House. Lancaster, OH.
Parlor gas lamp at Reese-Peters House. Lancaster, OH.Gas lamp & rondelle at Reese-Peters House. Lancaster, OH.Gas lamp valves at Reese-Peters House. Lancaster, OH.Gas lamp supported by bronze hunter & with lithophane glass shade at Taft House NHS. Cincinnati, OH.
Parlor gas lamp at Reese-Peters House. Lancaster, OH.Gas lamp & rondelle at Reese-Peters House. Lancaster, OH.Gas lamp valves at Reese-Peters House. Lancaster, OH.Gas lamp supported by bronze hunter & with lithophane glass shade at Taft House NHS. Cincinnati, OH.
Light fixture with ceiling roundel at Guenther House Museum. San Antonio, TX.Bronze guilt warrior lamp brought back by the Steves from visit to Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia on newel post in central hall at Edward Steves Homestead Museum. San Antonio, TX.Gasolier possibly by Herter Brothers of New York City at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Gas & electric ceiling lamp at Capt. Charles Schreiner Mansion. Kerrville, TX.
Light fixture with ceiling roundel at Guenther House Museum. San Antonio, TX.Bronze guilt warrior lamp brought back by the Steves from visit to Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia (1876) on newel post in central hall at Edward Steves Homestead Museum. San Antonio, TX.Gasolier (c1880) possibly by Herter Brothers of New York City at Dallas Museum of Art. Dallas, TX.Gas & electric ceiling lamp at Capt. Charles Schreiner Mansion. Kerrville, TX.
Stained glass ceiling lamp fixture at Capt. Charles Schreiner Mansion. Kerrville, TX.Lamp base in shape of dog at Earle-Napier-Kinnard House. Waco, TX.Aluminum chandelier at Maymont Mansion. Richmond, VA.Main entry hall gas lamp at Park-McCullough Historic Estate. North Bennington, VT.
Stained glass ceiling lamp fixture at Capt. Charles Schreiner Mansion. Kerrville, TX.Lamp base in shape of dog at Earle-Napier-Kinnard House. Waco, TX.Aluminum chandelier at Maymont Mansion. Richmond, VA.Main entry hall gas lamp at Park-McCullough Historic Estate. North Bennington, VT.
Lamps & clock on mantle at Park-McCullough Historic Estate. North Bennington, VT.Gas lamp fixture in Union Christian Church at President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Park. Plymouth Notch, VT.Senate ceiling & chandelier at Vermont State House. Montpelier, VT.Senate chandelier detail of seahorses & Neptune at Vermont State House. Montpelier, VT.
Lamps & clock on mantle at Park-McCullough Historic Estate. North Bennington, VT.Gas lamp fixture in Union Christian Church (1840) at President Calvin Coolidge State Historic Park. Plymouth Notch, VT.Senate ceiling & chandelier at Vermont State House. Montpelier, VT.Senate chandelier detail of seahorses & Neptune at Vermont State House. Montpelier, VT.
Chandelier in House of Representatives at Vermont State House. Montpelier, VT.Chandelier of Vermont Governor's Office at Vermont State House. Montpelier, VT.Farm house parlor with table gas lamp at Billings Farm & Museum. Woodstock, VT.Table gas lamp fed by hose from ceiling lamp in farm house parlor at Billings Farm & Museum. Woodstock, VT.
Chandelier in House of Representatives at Vermont State House. Montpelier, VT.Chandelier of Vermont Governor's Office at Vermont State House. Montpelier, VT.Farm house parlor with table gas lamp at Billings Farm & Museum. Woodstock, VT.Table gas lamp fed by hose from ceiling lamp in farm house parlor at Billings Farm & Museum. Woodstock, VT.

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