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Industrial X-Ray Mercury Glass Dome Pendant Light
By X-Ray Lamp Company
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Industrial, factory pendant light features an X-Ray mercury glass dome shade with painted green exterior and brass switch fitter. The pendant is newly wired with 36 inches of black b...
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Early 20th Century American Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Antique Mercury Glass French Mirrored Pendant Light '1'
Located in London, GB
A glass pendant shade, pair with a very rare antique triple bulb fitting. The shade is likely French but has no markings. The swirl in the glass is particularly attractive. Fra...
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Mid-20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Mercury Glass

Green Mercury Glass Pendant, Italy, 21st century
Located in Culver City, CA
Green Mercury Glass Pendant, Italy, 21st century With unique brass fitter and elegant ribbed shade. Italian industrial design with a four-week lead time. 12" primary element height...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Run of Mercury Glass Zeiss Ikon Pendant Lights '8'
By Zeiss Ikon
Located in London, GB
A run of glass pendant lights by Zeiss Ikon. Germany, early to mid-20th century. Each has an amazing unique patina. Since re-wired and PAT tested. Priced and sold indiv...
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Vintage 1940s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Mercury Glass

Antique English Mercury Glass 'Helioray' Pendants
Located in London, GB
A run of English pendant lights. England, c1930s. Mercury glass reflector shades. Priced and sold individually. Re-wired and PAT tested. Location: Belgium Gallery....
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Vintage 1930s British Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Industrial Silver X-Ray Mercury Glass Dome Pendant Light
By X-Ray Lamp Company
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Industrial pendant light features a X-Ray mercury glass, dome shade painted silver on it's exterior with brass switch fitter that is newly wired with 36 inches of black braided cloth...
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Early 20th Century American Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Antique English Mercury Glass Pendant Lights '4'
Located in London, GB
Antique mercury glass pendant lights. Stamped Strand electric. Brass galleries. Very good condition for their age, some small losses to the labels but some of the best we...
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Mid-20th Century British Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

  • Antique English Mercury Glass Pendant Lights '4'
  • Antique English Mercury Glass Pendant Lights '4'
  • Antique English Mercury Glass Pendant Lights '4'
  • Antique English Mercury Glass Pendant Lights '4'
H 5.32 in. W 8.47 in. D 8.47 in.
Early 20th Century X-Ray Mercury Glass Bell Pendant
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Early 20th century, X-Ray mercury glass bell pendant light features a matte silver exterior with reflective silver interior on a porcelain socket with brass fittings is newly wired w...
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Early 20th Century American Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Zeiss Ikon Mercury Glass Vintage Industrial Hanging Light Pendant
By Zeiss Ikon
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Zeiss Ikon mercury mirror glass pendant by Adolf Meyer aluminum top 2 meter black cotton flex E27 / E26 Weight: 2.60 kg / 5.7 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have...
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Mid-20th Century German Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Antique English Mercury Glass Pendant Light '1'
Located in London, GB
Antique English mercury glass pendant light '1' Single antique mercury glass pendant light. By Strand electric. Great patina. Brass galleries. The glass is in good c...
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Antique 19th Century British Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

  • Antique English Mercury Glass Pendant Light '1'
  • Antique English Mercury Glass Pendant Light '1'
  • Antique English Mercury Glass Pendant Light '1'
  • Antique English Mercury Glass Pendant Light '1'
H 5.32 in. W 8.47 in. D 8.47 in.
Mercury Glass Pendant Light By Adolf Meyer For Zeiss 1930s
By Carl Zeiss
Located in Gloucester, GB
Mercury glass pendant light by Adolf Meyer For Zeiss 1930s - Acid etched glass bottom with mercury glass body - Original copper top - Takes E27 fitting bulbs - Comes with 100cm...
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Vintage 1930s German Bauhaus Chandeliers and Pendants

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Mercury Glass

Antique Mercury Glass Large Pendant Reflector Lamp
Located in London, GB
A large mercury glass reflector shade pendant lamp with patinated brass gallery. Germany, c1930s. Re-wired and PAT tested. Amazing condition, there is some evidence of ag...
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Mid-20th Century German Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

French Grey Vintage Industrial Round Clear Mercury Glass Pendant Light
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Rare French factory light. cast aluminum with clear round glass. Mercury glass mirror inside. Weight: 3.20 kg / 7.1 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made su...
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Mid-20th Century French Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal, Aluminum, Brass

Mercury Glass and Enamel Pendant Lights by Phillips, circa 1920s
By Philips
Located in Gloucester, GB
Mercury glass and enamel pendant lights by Phillips, circa 1920s - Price is per light (2 available) - Mercury glass top and acid etched bottom - Original vitreous white enamel s...
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Vintage 1920s Dutch Bauhaus Chandeliers and Pendants

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Mercury Glass

Collection of Large Sunburst Mercury Glass Pendants
By X-Ray Lamp Company
Located in Peekskill, NY
We have a nice collection of these hard to find 1920s Sunburst pattern mercury glass pendants. We priced then per lamp so you can buy only one or the whole collection. These lamp are...
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Early 20th Century American Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Pair of Large Industrial Gold X-Ray Mercury Glass Pendant Lights
By X-Ray Lamp Company
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Pair of large, industrial pendant lights feature X-Ray mercury glass shades with painted gold exteriors and reflective silver interiors with brass fitters and canopies. The lamps are...
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Early 20th Century American Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Vintage Adolf Meyer Frosted Mercury Glass Pendant Lamps for Zeiss Ikon
By Adolf Meyer, Zeiss Ikon
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Zeiss Ikon JZ 51 Nr.1. Frosted glass with mercury mirror inside pendant by Adolf Meyer metal top 2 meter black cotton flex E27 / E26 Weight: 3.20 kg / 7.1 lb Priced per i...
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Mid-20th Century German Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

Antique English Swan Neck Mercury Glass Pendant Light / Chandelier
Located in London, GB
An antique unusual triple arm light with a base bulb in addition, paired with antique mercury glass shades. England, c1930s. Creating a totally unique antique chandelier. ...
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Vintage 1930s British Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Early 20th Century Industrial Gold X-Ray Mercury Glass Dome Pendants Lights
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Early 20th century, industrial, factory pendant lights feature X-ray mercury glass dome shades with gold exteriors and silver interiors on brass paddle switch fitters, newly wired wi...
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Early 20th Century American Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

1920 Rare Mercury Xray Shade Golden Pendant Light
By Curtis Lighting Inc.
Located in Surrey, BC
A single but a beauty on white cable rewired tested and approved by CSA. Found din NYC The first x-ray reflector was designed in 1897 by the Curtis lighting company. The unique r...
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Vintage 1920s American Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Mercury Glass

XXL Antique Zeiss Ikon Mercury Glass Pendant Lights 'Up to 50'
By Zeiss Ikon
Located in London, GB
A huge run of antique pendant lights by high quality manufactuerer Zeiss Ikon. Germany, c1930s. Likely by Adolf Meyer. Priced and sold individually. Mercury glass with...
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Vintage 1930s German Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

Murano Smoked Mercury Glass Chandelier
Located in Austin, TX
Italian handblown Murano glass chandelier in a rich, smoked gray glass with mercury glass top and bottom cups and clear glass rings. Uniquely shaped stem and two tiers of six curving...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and...

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Murano Glass

American Art Deco Silver Plate and Mercury Glass Chandelier
Located in New York, NY
American Art Deco silver plate bronze chandelier with 4 glass shades and large round canopy. (I Comfort/Chicago mercury glass reflector uplight shade).    
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Vintage 1930s American Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

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Silver, Bronze

Antique French Mercury Pendant Lights 'Up to 4'
Located in London, GB
Antique mercury pendant lights, glass and brass. France, c1920s. PRICED AND SOLD INDIVIDUALLY. A good run of mercury glass reflective pendant shades with brass gallery. ...
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Early 20th Century French Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

  • Antique French Mercury Pendant Lights 'Up to 4'
  • Antique French Mercury Pendant Lights 'Up to 4'
  • Antique French Mercury Pendant Lights 'Up to 4'
  • Antique French Mercury Pendant Lights 'Up to 4'
H 5.12 in. W 10.04 in. D 10.04 in.
Pair of Mercury Glass & Gilt Metal Light Fixtures, Sold Individually
Located in New York, NY
A pair of circa 1950's French mercury glass and patinated metal light fixture with molded glass leaves and flowers and with 10 interior lights. Sold individually. Measurements: D...
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Vintage 1950s French Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

1930s Industrial X-Ray Mercury Glass Pendant Light with New Brass Hardware
Located in New York, NY
1930s Industrial "X-Ray" mercury glass shade fitted with brass hardware. Nickel or steel finish available. Price includes restoration. Please specify the overall drop that is needed ...
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Vintage 1930s American Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Petite Cobalt Blue Mercury Glass Pendent
Located in Peekskill, NY
These deep blue pendants are small but striking. They are hollow hand blown blue glass that is mirrored inside. It has a subtle panelled shape that nicely catches the light. These ar...
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Late 20th Century Czech Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Mirrored Antique German Glass Pendant Lights '2'
Located in London, GB
Mercury glass pendant lights. German, circa 1920s. Patinated brass gallery. Grey external shade, good, clear mirrored concave shade. Paired with a very rare triple bulb h...
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Vintage 1920s German Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Mercury Glass Candlesticks Collection off Eight Pieces off 19th Century Antiques
Located in Diest, Vlaams Brabant
Collection off eight glass mercured, 19th century candlesticks Old and timeless beautiful patina off vanishing old mercure on the inside off the glass candlesticks Mercure was used t...
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Antique 19th Century French Late Victorian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

1910s X-Ray Glass Shades Double Pendant Light New Brass Hardware
By Olde Good Things
Located in New York, NY
1910s X-Ray Mercury glass shades fitted to new brass pendant light hardware. Arms articulate. Double glass shades show typical wear from age. Small quantity available at time of post...
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2010s American Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

French Gray Metal Round Clear Glass Vintage Industrial Pendant Light
Located in Amsterdam, NL
Rare French factory light cast aluminium with clear round glass Mercury glass mirror inside Weight: 5.90 kg / 13 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suita...
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Mid-20th Century French Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass, Metal, Aluminum

Pendant by Gunnel Nyman
By Gunnel Nyman
Located in Long Island City, NY
A pendant designed by Gunnel Nyman, nr 82504, Idman, Finland 1950s. Brass shaft, glass shade partially frosted glass, brand plaque, height 35, diameter 34 cm. Total height circa 85...
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Vintage 1950s Finnish Scandinavian Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass, Mercury Glass

  • Pendant by Gunnel Nyman
  • Pendant by Gunnel Nyman
  • Pendant by Gunnel Nyman
  • Pendant by Gunnel Nyman
H 33 in. Dm 13.3 in.
Murano Glass Globe Chandelier
Located in Austin, TX
Murano glass chandelier with mercury glass, opaline glass and Pulegoso glass shades on a spherical brass structure. Holds 36 medium base bulbs, rewired for the US. The height includi...
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21st Century and Contemporary Italian Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and...

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Brass

  • Murano Glass Globe Chandelier
  • Murano Glass Globe Chandelier
  • Murano Glass Globe Chandelier
  • Murano Glass Globe Chandelier
H 55 in. Dm 39.5 in.
Mercury glass pendant fixture
Located in New York, NY
Mercury glass pedant fixtures, fitted with bottom metal rim, American Circa 1940
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Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Glass

Mercury glass pendant fixture
H 17 in. W 11 in. D 11 in.
Pair Mercury Glass Pendants
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Pair Mercury Glass Pendants with vintage fitters.
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Early 20th Century American Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

  • Pair Mercury Glass Pendants
  • Pair Mercury Glass Pendants
  • Pair Mercury Glass Pendants
  • Pair Mercury Glass Pendants
H 16" minimum height in. Dm 12 in.
X-Ray Mercury Glass Pendant
Located in Spokane, WA
One of a kind pendant, nearly 12" in diameter, coupled with a patinated brass cap, chain and ceiling mount. Over the years, this hardworking showroom light has progressed through d...
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Early 20th Century American Chandeliers and Pendants

  • X-Ray Mercury Glass Pendant
  • X-Ray Mercury Glass Pendant
  • X-Ray Mercury Glass Pendant
  • X-Ray Mercury Glass Pendant
H 27.75 in. Dm 11.75 in.
Four Mercury Glass Industrial Pendant Shade Lights
Located in North Beninngton, VT
Four Mercury glass industrial pendant lights. The Mercury glass shades were designed to reflect the most light possible from the bulb. They were for industrial use in early factories...
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Vintage 1910s Chandeliers and Pendants

Contemporary Brass and Mercury Style Glass Pendant Lamp
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Smaller sized 16 in. tall hexagonally-shaped pendant lamp or lantern. Body of pendant in brushed brass, inset with mercury-glass style glass panels. Measures: On an approx. 7 foo...
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Early 2000s Hollywood Regency Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

Pair of Italian Mercury Glass Chandeliers, 1920
Located in Dallas, TX
Pair of Italian mercury glass chandeliers, 1920.
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20th Century Italian Chandeliers and Pendants

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Mercury Glass

X-Ray Mercury Glass Pendent
Located in Spokane, WA
Rare and absolutely stunning x-ray glass reflector pendant. Only rare in the simple fact that it is nearly 12" in diameter, most are half the size! A little history- inside surface...
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Early 20th Century American Chandeliers and Pendants

  • X-Ray Mercury Glass Pendent
  • X-Ray Mercury Glass Pendent
  • X-Ray Mercury Glass Pendent
  • X-Ray Mercury Glass Pendent
H 27.75 in. Dm 11.75 in.
Art Deco Mercury Glass Wall or Pendant Light, 1930s, United Kingdom
Located in Sint Joris Weert, BE
Beautiful mercury glass pendant or wall light with an articulated copper shade holder. These lamps where use in shops or public places in the Art Deco era. The outside of the s...
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Vintage 1930s Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

Rare Industrial Mercury Glass Shade
Located in North Beninngton, VT
Rare Industrial mercury glass shade.
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Vintage 1910s Chandeliers and Pendants

Mercury Glass Shade with Vintage Fitter
Located in Great Barrington, MA
Mercury Glass Shade with Vintage Fitter
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Vintage 1930s American Chandeliers and Pendants

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Steel, Brass

  • Mercury Glass Shade with Vintage Fitter
  • Mercury Glass Shade with Vintage Fitter
  • Mercury Glass Shade with Vintage Fitter
  • Mercury Glass Shade with Vintage Fitter
H 14 minimum height in. Dm 9.5 in.
Pair of French Mercury Glass Chandeliers
Located in Stamford, CT
This pair of French mercury glass chandeliers boasts eight twisted glass arms, circa 1930s. Priced per piece.
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Early 20th Century French Chandeliers and Pendants

Helioray Hanging Mercury Glass Doctors Lamp
Located in Antwerp, BE
Mercury glass hanging lampshade made by Helioray in the first part of the 20th century for use to reflect and brighten overhead light for surgery and examinations. The exterior reta...
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Early 20th Century European Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

  • Helioray Hanging Mercury Glass Doctors Lamp
  • Helioray Hanging Mercury Glass Doctors Lamp
  • Helioray Hanging Mercury Glass Doctors Lamp
  • Helioray Hanging Mercury Glass Doctors Lamp
H 22.45 in. W 8.67 in. D 8.76 in.
Pair of Mercury Glass Lights Gold
Located in North Beninngton, VT
Pair of mercury glass lights. Gold-painted outside. X-Ray brand, circa 1920. Perfect condition. Rewired. New sockets.
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Vintage 1920s Chandeliers and Pendants

  • Pair of Mercury Glass Lights Gold
  • Pair of Mercury Glass Lights Gold
  • Pair of Mercury Glass Lights Gold
  • Pair of Mercury Glass Lights Gold
H 10 in. W 10 in. D 10 in.
Six Mercury Glass Industrial Machine Age Shades
Located in North Beninngton, VT
Six Mercury glass industrial shades made by the X-Ray Co. They have the original cone shaped black holders and sockets. They are all in excellent condition with no losses to the merc...
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Vintage 1910s Chandeliers and Pendants

Six Large Early Industrial Mercury Glass Shades
Located in North Beninngton, VT
Six large early Industrial mercury glass shades, made by the X-ray Co., circa 1910. These shades were originally inserts for industrial lights. The Mercury mirroring intensified the ...
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Vintage 1920s Chandeliers and Pendants

A Superb & Unusual Antique French Louis XVI style cut crystal, mercury glass & silvered bronze Chandelier,19th century
Located in New York, NY
A Superb Antique French Louis XVI style cut crystal, beaded crystal , mercury glass & silvered bronze multi light chandelier of fine detail embellished with unusual crystal & chains,...
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Antique 19th Century French Louis XIV Chandeliers and Pendants

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Bronze

Gecoray Pendants
Located in Llandudno, Conwy
Gecoray mirrored and painted pendant lights. Nickel-plated gallery's showing light patination. Rewired and PAT tested, supplied with suspension chain and ceiling hook. Three...
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Early 20th Century British Art Deco Chandeliers and Pendants

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Mercury Glass

  • Gecoray Pendants
  • Gecoray Pendants
  • Gecoray Pendants
  • Gecoray Pendants
H 9.45 in. W 9.85 in. D 9.85 in.
Double Wishbone Pendant by Paul Marra
By Paul Marra
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Double wishbone pendant by Paul Marra. A sculptural, modern statement pendant. Brass and lacquered wood with mercury glass wash cylinder. The overall drop height including canopy, ch...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

  • Double Wishbone Pendant by Paul Marra
  • Double Wishbone Pendant by Paul Marra
  • Double Wishbone Pendant by Paul Marra
  • Double Wishbone Pendant by Paul Marra
H 44 in. W 13.5 in. D 13.5 in.
Pair Of Silver Leaf French Bagues 9 Light Chandeliers
Located in Stamford, CT
Silver leaf 9 light Bagues chandeliers, with mercury glass body. Priced per chandelier
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Vintage 1930s French Chandeliers and Pendants

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Silver Leaf

Holophane Paris Ceiling Light, Openwork Hooping, Polished Aluminium, circa 1950
By Holophane
Located in Saint Ouen, FR
Old “Holophane Paris” lights, made with aluminium, very pretty mercury glass inside with geometric design, made for a better light reflexion.  
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Vintage 1950s French Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Aluminum

1910 Rare Large Mercury Glass Pendant Lights
By Pittsburgh Reflective Glass
Located in Surrey, BC
After 20 years these might be one of the best examples of mercury shades I have come across. The brass fitters have separate toggle switches to control individual lights. Made by th...
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Vintage 1910s American Industrial Chandeliers and Pendants

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Mercury Glass

Mercury Glass Pendant
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Mercury glass pendant with interesting outer socket. Interior of pendant is faceted. From the 19 teens.
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Early 20th Century American Chandeliers and Pendants

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Mercury Glass

  • Mercury Glass Pendant
  • Mercury Glass Pendant
  • Mercury Glass Pendant
  • Mercury Glass Pendant
H 8 in. Dm 9.75 in.
Industrial Mercury Glass Pendant
Located in Culver City, CA
Recovered from a Church in Holland with stunning original mercury glass reflector inside.   
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20th Century Dutch Chandeliers and Pendants

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Metal

  • Industrial Mercury Glass Pendant
  • Industrial Mercury Glass Pendant
  • Industrial Mercury Glass Pendant
  • Industrial Mercury Glass Pendant
H 30 in. Dm 22 in. L 30 in.
Mercury Glass Pendant Globe
Located in Hudson, NY
Mercury glass pendant globe (11.5" x 11.5") Stemmed Globe SOLD
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Early 20th Century American Chandeliers and Pendants

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Mercury Glass

  • Mercury Glass Pendant Globe
  • Mercury Glass Pendant Globe
  • Mercury Glass Pendant Globe
  • Mercury Glass Pendant Globe
H 11 in. W 10.5 in.
Mercury Glass Pendant Light
Located in Los Angeles, CA
mercury Glass pendant lights<br /> oil lamp shades of mercury glass from late 1800's to early 20th century
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Early 20th Century American Chandeliers and Pendants

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Mercury Glass

Gold Mercury Glass Pendant
Located in Culver City, CA
Gold exterior and mirrored mercury interior
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Early 20th Century American Chandeliers and Pendants

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Mercury Glass

  • Gold Mercury Glass Pendant
  • Gold Mercury Glass Pendant
  • Gold Mercury Glass Pendant
  • Gold Mercury Glass Pendant
H 10 in. Dm 10.5 in.
A quilted mercury glass pendant
Located in New York, NY
HL2463.E<br /> A quilted mercury glass pendant fixutre on custom made, solid brass fittings finished in a dark, wax-rubbed brown patina or polished nickel finish. The fittings for ...
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Early 20th Century American Chandeliers and Pendants

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Brass

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Mercury Pendant Glass For Sale on 1stDibs

At 1stDibs, there are many versions of the ideal piece of mercury pendant glass for your home. Was constructed with extraordinary care, often using glass, mercury glass and metal. There are 251 variations of the antique or vintage item from our selection of mercury pendant glass you’re looking for, while we also have 7 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. Whether you’re looking for newer or older items, there are earlier versions available from the 19th Century and newer variations made as recently as the 21st Century. A choice in our collection of mercury pendant glass is a generally popular piece of furniture, but those created in Industrial, Mid-Century Modern and Art Deco styles are sought with frequency. You’ll likely find more than one object in our assortment of mercury pendant glass that is appealing in its simplicity, but X-Ray Lamp Company, Peill & Putzler and August Walther und Söhne AG produced versions that are worth a look.

How Much is a Mercury Pendant Glass?

The average selling price for a piece of mercury pendant glass at 1stDibs is $975, while they’re typically $180 on the low end and $29,900 for the highest priced.

Finding the Right Chandeliers and Pendants for You

Chandeliers — simple in form, inspired by candelabras and originally made of wood or iron — first made an appearance in early churches. For those wealthy enough to afford them for their homes in the medieval period, a chandelier's suspended lights likely exuded imminent danger, as lit candles served as the light source for fixtures of the era. Things have thankfully changed since then, and antique and vintage chandeliers and pendant lights are popular in many interiors today.

While gas lighting during the late 18th century represented an upgrade for chandeliers — and gas lamps would long inspire Danish architect and pioneering modernist lighting designer Poul Henningsen — it would eventually be replaced with the familiar electric lighting of today.

The key difference between a pendant light and a chandelier is that a pendant incorporates only a single bulb into its design. Don’t mistake this for simplicity, however. An Art Deco–styled homage to Sputnik from Murano glass artisans Giovanni Dalla Fina (note: there is more than one lighting fixture that shares its name with the iconic mid-century-era satellite — see Gino Sarfatti’s design too), with handcrafted decorative elements supported by a chrome frame, is just one stunning example of the elaborate engineering that can be incorporated into every component of a chandelier.

Chandeliers have evolved over time, but their classic elegance has remained unchanged. Not only will the right chandelier prove impressive in a given room, but it can also offer a certain sense of practicality. These fixtures can easily illuminate an entire space, while their elevated position prevents them from creating glare or straining one’s eyes. Certain materials, like glass, can complement naturally lit settings without stealing the show. Brass, on the other hand, can introduce an alluring, warm glow. While LEDs have earned a bad reputation for their perceived harsh bluish lights and a loss of brightness over their life span, the right design choices can help harness their lighting potential and create the perfect mood. A careful approach to lighting can transform your room into a peaceful and cozy nook, ideal for napping, reading or working.

For midsize spaces, a wall light or sconce can pull the room together and get the lighting job done. Perforated steel rings underneath five bands of handspun aluminum support a rich diffusion of light within Alvar Aalto's Beehive pendant light, but if you’re looking to brighten a more modest room, perhaps a minimalist solution is what you’re after. The mid-century modern furniture designer Charlotte Perriand devised her CP-1 wall lamps in the 1960s, in which a repositioning of sheet-metal plates can redirect light as needed.

The versatility and variability of these lighting staples mean that, when it comes to finding something like the perfect chandelier, you’ll never be left hanging. From the whimsical — like the work of Beau & Bien’s Sylvie Maréchal, frequently inspired by her dreams — to the classic beauty of Paul Ferrante's fixtures, there is a style for every room. With designs for pendant lights and chandeliers across eras, colors and materials, you’ll never run out of options to explore on 1stDibs.