The cut crystal ceiling light globes on both the Olympic(Olympic foyer globes as seen in Titanic: An Illustrated History and Titanic(Dinning hall and reception room D-Deck) very much resemble some of the classic Waterford cut patterns seen today, several of the ceiling globes in their catalogue very much resemble the Olympic's fixtures in the book. Is it possible that Waterford was commissioned to create only these?
Those fixtures were subcontracted out to Perry and Company of London. There is no indication that Perry in turn contracted Waterford to provide them in whole or part. Since there is nothing technically remarkable about these features (from a glass working point of view) it is unlikely.
The similarity is probably due to the "family resemblance" that most period reproductions have. Since manufacturers tended to draw on the same 17th and 18th Century prototypes, the results are similar.
To give a concrete example: The staircase bannister in the Huntington Library in Pasadena, CA is almost identical to the bannister in the Grand Staircase on the Lusitania. Not because the Huntington architect copied Lusitania's, but because both were patterned after the same staircase bannister in the Palace of Versailles.
I think I read somewhere that the fancier state-room chandeliers cost a few hundred pounds each. I'm assuming that the Boat and A deck grand staircase foyers' lamps each cost about the same. This seems a bit much. Anyone know if its true?
I am inquiring right now with RMS Titanic Inc. about who did their reproductions for the Titanic Artifact Exhibit, which has a full scale model of the Grand Staircase. Hold on for a bit...and I will get you the answer as soon as they reply.
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I read somewhere that the Staircase lights were anywhere from 500 to 700 pounds. It said the larger lights were around 700 pounds. I'm not sure the source of this information, I'm still trying to find it.
I wrote this awhile ago, but I was still wondering if anyone knew how we know what the chandelier in the middle of the dome glass of the grand staircase looked like. I have never seen any illustrations or photo's that show it, other then an illustration of Britannic's chandelier. Is there a resource out there that shows this? I've seen plenty of models and paintings of what it looked like, but I guess I want to know how they knew. Thanks!