Finish appears to be gold Dore on the top with restrained flourish such painted balls under the curve of each arm. Base appears to be a warmly tarnished silver plate. Socket, thumb switch and wiring replaced and lamp works as it should. Enlarge images and see the extreme detail of this lamp. Fully signed with Caldwell mark on base of each.
I will be offering the most amazing pieces of antique lighting from the single largest collection of E. Caldwell lighting in the country over the next year. Caldwell Company of New York City. These pieces are not cheaply made like the modern copies.Each piece comes with a unique story and can be tracked back, in most cases, to the original client. I present them as they once hung in mansions, public buildings or other private homes and clubs. No attempt has been made to remove the "patina of time" from these pieces. When possible an original image of the piece will be supplied. Additionally, the New York Public Library holds the customer archives and they can be searched to determine for whom the piece was created. Caldwell Company, you are truly creating a link between the Gilded Age and today.
They are costly for reason: they add value to every setting whether it be the White House, Saint Patrick's Cathedral or your home! I have been contacted a few times by buyers who question whether all pieces from the Edward F. Are always marked with the "C" in the diamond mark. The short answer is "No". Caldwell did sign most pieces but there seemed to be no steadfast rule that each piece needed to be signed.Adding to the confusion is the fact that the signature often appeared stamped into a fiber board backing that was attached to many sconces with two small set screws. The backs were often lost over the years and, with them, the signature.
For those interested in authenticating production from the Caldwell Co. It is advisable to turn to the excellent on-line photographic archives supplied by the Smithsonian Museum branch in Manhattan. The archives provide proof positive regarding the production of most Caldwell pieces and allow the owner to date the pieces and, on occasion, discover for whom the lighting piece was created.