First Class Light Fixtures


Matt Simons

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Hi, Does anyone know what company made the light fixtures on the the Titanic. For example the ones in the,
The R/W Room
The Lounge
The Grand Staircase and Aft Grandstaircase
The Smoking Room
The Parlor Suites
The Staterooms
The Dinning Saloon
The A La Carte Resturant
The Cafe Perisian
The Verendah Cafe and Palm Court

Or if anyone has these items and is selling them from the Olympic or as artifacts from the Titanic.

I'm trying to recreate a stateroom or public room and I can't find the fixtures used on the Titanic, Olympic, and Britannic.

Thanks a Million!
 

Bob Godfrey

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I can tell you who made the more elaborate fittings like the chandeliers (or more correctly electroliers). They were obtained from Perry & Co of New Bond St, London, and were designed by John Wateridge. You can see his sketchbooks for the period right up to 1925 in the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Perrys were the best in the business, supplying clients like the crowned heads of Europe and the Emperor of China - not the kind of stuff you could bring home from Woolworths. Their best work cost around £1200 - equivalent to the price of a Rolls-Royce car. I believe that Perrys also supplied at least some of the smaller light fittings. These would have been standard catalogue items so there might be some exactly like them still in use in buildings ashore, but most would have been scrapped long ago.

Perry & Co went out of business seventy years ago, but you can still find their more ornate products for sale by the antiques trade. The bad news is that if you want a genuine Perry chandelier to light your house you'd have to sell the house first to raise the money. To buy one recovered from the Titanic you'd probably need to sell the whole street. You can buy reproduction Perry chandeliers fitted out for 'electric candles', but even these cost a great deal and are earlier in style than the electroliers used in the liners. I've seen repro 'Titanic' light fittings offered for sale, but these always turn out to be table lamps which are in no way authentic.

Genuine light fittings from the Olympic come up for sale from time to time but again they attract high prices. You might want to keep an eye on Ebay also for the reproduction fittings made for Cameron's film. I guess they must have been sold off when the sets were dismantled. A final option would be to employ a craftsman to make reproductions from photographs. Again, not cheap. There really are no options at all unless you are prepared to invest a lot of money.
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Matt Simons

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Thanks alot. That was great info.
One thing I noticed, is you can tell Cameron's reproduction fittings in Titanic (mainly the Grand Staircase) are not original or the same, which means, as you said, it must have been very hard to replicate these fittings.
Thanks again for the info.

PS. The First Class light fittings on the Titanic cost anywhere from 500 pounds to 700 pounds and up. Thanks Again
 

Bob Godfrey

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Matt, if you see someone asking a question in a thread and you think it would help them to take a look at another thread (like this one), by all means provide them with a link. Easily done - just copy and paste the web page location from the box at the top of your browser. That way you don't need to ask permission, and nobody will sue you for breach of copyright!
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Bob Godfrey

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No problem there. You can also post links to pages on other websites, which can be very useful. It's only when people copy the text or images from other sites and post them here that the Moderators have to hit the delete button.
 

Bob Godfrey

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Well, I see from my browsing this morning that you copied my post anyway, Matt, and didn't even acknowledge that it was mine. Perhaps you misunderstood, so I'll spell it out. You have no permission from me to copy and paste the contents of any post of mine into one of your own, on this web site or anywhere else. Is that now understood?
 

Matt Simons

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I am very sorry and I didn't mean to copyright your post. I misunderstood and will never do anything like this again. i hope you can forgive me, I made a very stupid mistake. Thank you for telling me. Sorry
 

Alex Watts

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Hey,

Would all the light fittings and decor be the same as a first class corridor (cabins wise)on B Deck, have the same decor as a first class corridor on say E Deck ? As I know that first class staterooms on the decks D and E would have lacked in style compared to a B or C deck stateroom.

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Hello everybody!
You all know the first class lounge on the titanic and olympic...
The big electrolier in the middle of the room...does anybody know the correct name of that chandelier or the style...?
I am very intersted in a replica or copy of that chandelier.
Does anyone know what happend to the original ( the one from the olympic)???
Are there any close up pictures or has anyone seen one like that???
Thank you very much for your help Andrew from Switzerland
 

Damon Hill

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Hi Andrew. As far as I know, the large chandelier from the Lounge on the Olympic still hangs in Cutlers Hall, in Sheffield, England. I have seen colour and b&W photos of it taken over the years on the internet...I have a feeling that the colour photo was on the Titanic research and modelling Association website, but that was several years ago. Good luck!
 

Rodrgio

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ok, this is kind of late but to any one that still wants to know the lamp in the lounge is called an electrolier, which is a fixture, generally on the ceiling from which many other lamps hang. hope that help.
 
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Hello Everyone!!! My name is Anthony, and I have to say I've enjoyed reading these posts. I have a question and I'd love for any of you to tackle it: Does anyone know what happened to the giant chandelier in the center of the Olympic's First Class Lounge? I remember reading about it somewhere, but I can't find it anywhere. I really would love to know. Thanks everyone!
 
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Brian E. McDonald

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I do know that "electrolier" well!

I've got an original photo of it from the company that manufactured it. The photo belonged to my Great-great-grandfather who worked for Perrys and who was also the one who was in charge of installing the fixtures on the Titanic. The photo has been passed down through the family over the years.

I've got several other photos of fixtures which were made for the Titanic (including a fountain), and some other Perrys' fixtures that he worked on, and my uncle used to have a set of the blueprints used for the electrical installations on the ship, but he lost track of it at some point. (Argh!!!)

I was surprised recently when I found a photo on the internet of the second matching fixture from the Olympic, which is now in Sheffield. I had been searching for a photo of the fixture for years to see if it matched the photo that I have.

I also have several small pieces that my Great-great-grandfather made in brass and glass... vases, candlesticks, etc. that have been passed down.
 

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