Antique Ship Wheel Chandelier - VX01

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Antique Chandelier Nautical Theme

This custom light features a nautical design using a genuine antique early 19th century America ship's wheel (origin unknown) for the base of the chandelier, blacksmith forged lanterns hand made from solid hand forged wrought iron designed in early 19th century ship's lanterns. The ten spoke ship's wheel chandelier features ten custom lanterns with antique glass, suspended using nautical ropes and an antique wood pulley design to enhance the authentic maritime design theme. All elements are authentic or created from the finest materials available and made in original craft. All iron is hand crafted by master blacksmiths using old world, tried and tested techniques, and patina finished by hand applied and heated iron oxides for a virtually maintenance free finish. Order your custom lighting and themed chandelier design in any size and style, handmade in America at Scottsdale Art Factory. Call for pricing 1-800-292-0008.

Built the old fashioned way
"when everything made in America was built to last forever"
and craftsmen were proud to sign their work.

Antique Chandelier and Lighting Design Options

  • Size - size, shape, number of lights depends upon available wheels
  • Style - iron, design, shape, decorative accents are all in original craft
  • Finishes - variety of hand applied patina finishes matched to original patinas
  • Metal - iron, brass, copper, or precious metals some times available in all styles
  • Glass - decorative, frosted, clear
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Lighting and Themed Chandeliers designed built by Scottsdale Art Factory

Preserving American history is foremost at Scottsdale Art Factory, marrying genuine antiques with old world tried and tested hand crafted master craftsmanship techniques to create high quality hand made lighting, doors, gates, and custom furniture all manufactured in Scottsdale, Arizona USA. H. J. Nick, has been designing and building some of the world's finest furnishings all hand crafted in America since 1913. Most of our clients want a furnishing that has a big WOW factor and timeless elegance and antique provenance. They all want investment value furnishings that makes a proper statement reflecting their personality, or the personality of the environment for which the designer custom furnishings or restored antiques are intended.

Antique Chandeliers as Custom Lighting features:
  • American hand made chandeliers
  • Solid, hand forged, wrought iron (no hollow faux metal, no fake castings)
  • Genuine antique with matching parts built in the original craft - not reproduction
  • Hand applied patina finish to match original patinas with out disturbing the original wear and tear.
  • Available in any iron patina finishes
  • Order any size or style chandelier ( if antiques are available) custom designed for your residential or commercial space
  • Available in clear, frosted, and decorative glass accents (depending upon available antique glass)
  • All hand made custom lighting and chandeliers are Guaranteed Forever - backed by over a century of fine craftsmanship since 1913

At Scottsdale Art Factory we have been hand crafting and restoring chandeliers, lighting, doors, gates, custom furniture, and fine art furnishings using only use the best quality materials and all American workforce of master craftsmen since 1913. Built the old fashioned way "when everything made in America was built to last forever" and craftsmen were proud to sign their work. Our craftsmanship ensures your custom furnishing will stand the test of time, and all handcrafted chandeliers and light furnishings are Guaranteed Forever, backed by over a century of fine craftsmanship. Call us to discuss your lighting design ideas 1-800-292-0008.

Authentic Ship Wheel Chandelier - Historical Information

A ship's wheel is used to change its course. Together with the rest of the steering mechanism it forms part of the helm. Helmsmen on older ships used a tiller (a horizontal bar fitted directly to the top of the rudder post) or a whipstaff (a vertical stick acting on a tiller). Early ships' wheels (c. 1700) were operated to correspond to the motion of the tiller, with a clockwise motion (corresponding to a right tiller motion) turning the rudder and thus the ship to the left.

A traditional ship's wheel is composed of eight cylindrical wooden spokes (though sometimes as few as six or as many as ten) shaped like balusters and all joined at a central wooden hub or nave (sometimes covered with a brass nave plate) which housed the axle. The square hole at the center of the hub through which the axle ran is called a drive square and was often lined with a brass plate (and therefore called a brass boss, though this term was used more often to refer to a brass hub and nave plate) which was frequently etched with the name of the wheel's manufacturer.

The outer rim is composed of four sections each made up of stacks of three felloes, the facing felloe, the middle felloe, and the after felloe. Because each group of three felloes at one time made up a quarter of the distance around the rim, the entire outer wooden wheel was sometimes called the quadrant. Each spoke ran through the middle felloe creating a series of handles on the outside of the wheel's rim. One of these handles/ spokes was frequently given extra grooves at its tip which could be felt by a helmsman steering in the dark and used by him to determine the exact position of the rudder - this was the king spoke and when it pointed straight upward the rudder was dead straight. The wood used in construction of this type of wheel was most often either teak or mahogany.


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