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The firm of F & C Osler of London and Birmingham, were the leading makers of chandeliers and lighting during the nineteenth century. The glassworks were founded by Thomas Osler in 1807 in Birmingham and specialised in glass furniture and chandeliers for the overseas market.


Thomas Osler was a scholar rather than businessman but when his sons (Follett and Clarkson Osler) joined him in the business they complemented his skills with their energy, which saw the firm thrive and a London house being opened in 1845.


A commission from the ruler of Egypt (Ibrahim Pacha) for a pair of enormous Candelabra to place beside the tomb of the prophet Mahomet at Mecca, generated much interest and as a result Messrs Osler had the honour of a visit from HRH the Prince Consort. A second, even greater Candelabrum was designed by them and exhibited at the Exhibition of Industrial Arts in Birminghan, opened by the Prince Consort. It was this exhibition which gave Prince Albert the idea of a Great Exhibition in London.


As a result by 1850 the firm had been commissioned to make the giant crystal fountain for the 1851 Great Exhibition in Hyde Park, London. The fountain stood some 8.25 meters or 27 feet high and contained 4,000kgs or 4 tons of crystal. At a time when cut glass remained the touchstone of quality the fountain was dependent upon cutters' skills for its appeal. The original catalogue of the exhibition makes particular note of the scale to which this magnificent glass fountain dominated the entrance; 'Forming the centre and, or nearly so, of the entire building, and dividing alike the transept and the nave, rises the gigantic fountain of Messrs. Osler, the culminating point of view from every quarter of the building...'. The brochure also goes on to say that the fountain, '..is perhaps the most striking object in the Exhibition; the lightness and beauty, as well as the perfect novelty of its design, have rendered it the theme of admiration with all visitors.'


In 1856 the firm supplied a large chandelier for St Georges Hall, Liverpool; Liverpool was then the leading and richest port in the country. This was followed by other significant commissions including a thirty six light chandelier for the Mansion House, London.


In 1858, Queen Victoria opened Aston Hall, Birmingham's spectacular Jacobean mansion, to the public and a banquet was held in the Great Dining Room. F & C Osler, produced the table service. According to a history of F & C Osler, 'Her Majesty the Queen was so struck by the unique beauty of the Tudor Service, that she asked permission to take away a beautiful Champagne Glass ... This she took personal charge of throughout the journey to London '.


In 1862 Thomas Osler & Co. exhibited at the Paris Exhibition; a contemporary commentator recorded; "When it is said that these chandeliers are of the usual excellence in material and workmanship, which has for so many years characterised the chandeliers and candelabra of this house."


F. & C. Osler were the leaders in their field and took the art of 'Brilliant Cut Glass' to new heights. This 'brilliant' style emerged in the late 1870's, its name aptly describing it's effect. At its most complex brilliant cutting involved covering the glass surface with intersecting cuts that created innumerable, often fragmentary shapes making up larger patterns. Basic motifs used were stars, hob-nail or polygonal diamonds, strawberry diamonds and fan scallops, out of which a dazzling surface effect was achieved. During the 1880's F. & C. Osler produced ever more complicated designs in this style.


The wealth within India and efficient shipping links led Osler to chose India as his largest market outside the UK and many Osler chandeliers and light fittings survive there to this day.

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F & C OSLER
19th Century Cut Glass Chandelier
An Exceptional Cut Glass Chandelier Firmly Attributed to F & C Osler A fine quality Victorian twelve light cut glass and silvered mounted chande...
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F & C OSLER
A Cut-Glass and Gilt-Bronze Six-Light Chandelier
A Cut-Glass and Gilt-Bronze Six-Light Chandelier, Attributed to F. & C. Osler. The vase shape stem with three wirework scroll tiers hung with ...
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F & C OSLER
A Cut-Glass and Gilt-Bronze Six-Light Chandelier
A Cut-Glass and Gilt-Bronze Six-Light Chandelier, in the Manner of F. & C. Osler, the vase shape stem with three wirework scroll tiers hung with lu...
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F & C OSLER
A Cut-Glass and Gilt-Bronze Six-Light Chandelier
A Cut-Glass and Gilt-Bronze Six-Light Chandelier, in the Manner of F. & C. Osler, with three tiers of wirework scrolls hung with lustres and sphere...
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F & C OSLER
A DIAMOND CUT MUSHROOM LAMP BY F&C OSLER
A fine lamp with flat diamond cut base and slice cut stem suporting a mushroom shaped flat diamond cut shade. The quality and cutting of this lamp...
£2200
Fileman Antiques Ltd
F & C OSLER
A Fine Cut Crystal And Gilt-Bronze Lamp
A Fine Cut Crystal And Gilt-Bronze Table Lamp By F & C Osler.
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F & C OSLER
A FINE EARLY VICTORIAN CHANDELIER
A fine quality early Victorian eight light cut glass and silvered mounted chandelier of classic tent and waterfall design the stem consisting of ch...
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F & C OSLER
A FINE MID-VICTORIAN FROSTED SIXTEEN LIGHT CUT GLASS CHANDELIER
A fine quality mid-Victorian cut glass silvered mounted sixteen light chandelier the baluster stem with drop hung top canopy, terminating with peta...
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F & C OSLER
A FINE PAIR OF ENGLISH AMBER COLOUR CANDELABRA BY F&C OSLER
A fine pair of unusual amber colour candelabra by F&C OSLER the turned brass lacquered bases surmounted by diamond cut glass dome and egg shaped pi...
£3200
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F & C OSLER
A FINE QUALITY EIGHT LIGHT MID-VICTORIAN CUT-GLASS ANTIQUE CHANDELIER BY F&C OSL...
A fine quality eight light cut-glass chandelier by F&C Osler of Birmingham the main baluster shaped stem centered by eight drop hung rope twist rev...
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F & C OSLER
A FINE QUALITY MID-VICTORIAN EIGHT-LIGHT FROSTED-GLASS CHANDELIER
A fine quality mid-Victorian eight-light frosted –glass chandelier the main baluster stem formed as a fountain, the drop hung flute decorated rec...
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F & C OSLER
A FINE QUALITY PAIR OF MID VICTORIAN ANTIQUE CHANDELIERS ATTRIBUTED TO F&C OSLER
A fine quality pair of twelve light cut glass and silvered mounted chandeliers attributed to F&C OSLER the flat diamond cut baluster stem surmounte...
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F & C OSLER
A FINE QUALITY SINGLE SIX LIGHT CUT GLASS CANDELABRA BY F&C OSLER
A fine quality single six light cut glass candelabra by F&C Osler, the wooden base surmounted with a baluster shape richly cut stem, the receiver p...
£5000
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F & C OSLER
A FINE VICTORIAN CHANDELIER ATTRIBUTED TO F&C OSLER
A fine quality Victorian ten light cut glass and silvered mounted chandelier of classic tent and waterfall design the main stem consisting of a rul...
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F & C OSLER
A HIGHLY IMPORTANT SET OF FOUR CUT-GLASS ENGLISH WALL LIGHTS BY F&C OSLER OF BI...
A highly important set of four cut-glass, silver plated wall lights by F&C OSLER. The central arm plate supporting five thumb cut candle arms arran...
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F & C OSLER
A magnificent cut glass and parcel-gilt chandelier by F & C Osler
The central basket hung with facetted drops and with four tiers of sixty-four lights on scroll branches with gilt etched ‘hurricane’ shades, ha...
£220000
Mayfair Gallery Ltd.
F & C OSLER
A MID-VICTORIAN CUTAND MOULDED GLASS CHANDELIER BY F&C OSLER
A mid-Victorian cut and moulded glass five light chandelier the main baluster shaped stem surmounted with a drop hung canopy and drop hung stem pan...
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F & C OSLER
A PAIR OF CUT GLASS DISH LIGHTS BY F&C OSLER
A pair of gilt brass dish light by F&C Osler with flat diamond cut dishes.
£3000
Fileman Antiques Ltd
F & C OSLER
A PAIR OF VICTORIAN POSY VASE CANDELABRA BY F&C OSLER
A Pair of cut glass and ormolu candelabra by F&C Osler the drum base cut with with alternate pillar and star cut diamond panels issuing two arms te...
£3200
Fileman Antiques Ltd
F & C OSLER
A SILVER MOUNTED DIAMOND CUT GLASS BOWL LIGHT ATTRIBUTED TO F&C OSLER
£1800
Fileman Antiques Ltd
F & C OSLER
A SINGLE FOUR LIGHT CRANBERRY AND CLEAR GLASS VICTORIAN CANDELABRA
The cranberry base with clear glass punt feet supporting three arms and central column issuing cranberry glass pans and nozzles with clear glass tr...
£1800
Fileman Antiques Ltd
F & C OSLER
A SINGLE VICTORIAN CRANBERRY CANDELABRA WITH CLEAR GLASS TRAILING
A highly unusual clear glass candelabra with the foot pans and nozzles with applied cranberry trailing also issuing a central vase with the same cr...
£2200
Fileman Antiques Ltd
F & C OSLER
A SMALL PAIR OF VICTORIAN WATERFALL CHANDELIERS BY F&C OSLER
£2400
Fileman Antiques Ltd
F & C OSLER
A SUPERB QUALITY ORMOLU MOUNTED TABLE JARDINIÈRE F&C OSLER
The slice cut base with a star cut underneath ormolu mounted on four paw feet with scrolling leafs supporting a richly cut scalloped edge bowl.
£4600
Fileman Antiques Ltd
F & C OSLER
A SUPERB QUALITY PAIR OF EARLY VICTORIAN CUT GLASS CANDELABRA
A superb quality pair of early Victorian cut glass candelabra, the richly cut wasted and scalloped bases surmounted with an unusual glass tree this...
£5800
Fileman Antiques Ltd
F & C OSLER
AN EDWARDIAN CUT GLASS AND COPPER PLATED PLAFFONNIER BY F&C OSLER
An edwardian cut glass and copper plated plaffonnier f&c osler the scalloped edge copper band mounting a flat diamond cut bowl supported by a coppe...
£1200
Fileman Antiques Ltd
F & C OSLER
AN EXTREMELY RARE ENGLISH EARLY VICTORIAN CHANDELIER OF EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY AND ...
An extremely rare early Victorian twenty light cut glass silvered mounted chandelier of exceptional quality the baluster thumb and radial cut shaft...
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F & C OSLER
AN EXTREMELY RARE SET OF FOUR ENGLISH EARLY VICTORIAN WALL-LIGHTS OF EXCEPTIONAL...
An extremely rare early Victorian set of four five light cut glass silvered mounted wall-lights of exceptional quality the central slice cut shaft ...
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F & C OSLER
AN FINE TWELVE LIGHT CUT GLASS CHANDELIERS BY F&C OSLER
An important cut glass twelve light chandeliers by F&C OSLER The flute and slice cut baluster stem centered by six rope twisted reversed crooks th...
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F & C OSLER
AN HIGHLY IMPORTANT PAIR OF CUT GLASS CHANDELIERS BY F&C OSLER
An important pair of cut glass twelve light chandeliers by F&C OSLER (The rod collar stamped OSLER on one chandelier) The flute and slice cut bal...
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F & C OSLER
AN IMPORTANT BLUE GLASS CHANDELIER AND A PAIR OF MATCHING WALL LIGHTS BY F&C OSL...
A magnificent eight light mid-Victorian blue cut glass overlaid chandelier with gilt decoration .The baluster thumb cut stem with fountain and trum...
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F & C OSLER
AN IMPORTANT MID VICTORIAN CHANDELIER BY F&C OSLER
A highly unusual Victorian six light cut glass and silvered mounted chandelier the flat diamond cut baluster stem surmounted by six thumb cut Shepp...
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F & C OSLER
AN IMPORTANT TWENTY-LIGHT CUT CRYSTAL CHANDELIER BY F&C OSLER
A highly important 20 light cut-glass chandelier by F&C Osler, the baluster shaped shaft with cascading drapes and shepherd crooks these surmounted...
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Fileman Antiques Ltd
F & C OSLER
AN IMPORTANT WILLIAM IV CHANDELIER ATTRIBUTED TO F&C OSLER
An important ten light William IV cut glass and silvered mounted chandelier of classic tent and waterfall design the stem consisting of a tent of d...
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Fileman Antiques Ltd
F & C OSLER
An Osler chandelier with downward facing branches.
A fine Osler chandelier dressed with pears, round buttons and icicles. The four downward branches around one central branch.
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F & C OSLER
AN UNUSUAL CUT GLASS DISH LIGHT ATTRIBUTED TO F&C OSLER
An unusual cut glass dish light attributed to F&C Osler the richly cut dish with panels of raised diamond cutting and of unusual shaped this dish s...
£5200
Fileman Antiques Ltd
F & C OSLER
AN UNUSUAL FIFTEEN LIGHT CUT GLASS CHANDELIER BY F&C OSLER OF BIRMINGHAM
A fine quality cut glass fifteen light chandelier by F&C Osler the main baluster shaped shaft surmounted by a drop hung canopy and a draping pan wi...
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F & C OSLER
AN UNUSUAL PAIR OF CANDLESTICKS BY F&C OSLER
A highly unusual pair of cut glass and silver mounted candlesticks by F&C Osler the fan cut design issuing one scalloped edge pan and candle nozzle...
£2800
Fileman Antiques Ltd
F & C OSLER
AN UNUSUAL PAIR OF FOUR LIGHT MID VICTORIAN CUT GLASS WALL-LIGHT BY F&C OSLER
An unusual pair of four light mid Victorian silvered mounted, cut glass wall- light by F&C OSLER the arm plate supporting three s shaped thumb cut ...
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Fileman Antiques Ltd
F & C OSLER
AN UNUSUAL SET OF FOUR CUT GLASS WALL-LIGHTS BY F&C OSLER
An unusual set of four cut glass wall-lights by F&C OSLER the baluster shaped diamond cut glass back plate surmounted with three very unusual candl...
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Fileman Antiques Ltd
F & C OSLER
Cut glass six branch 'Sphere' Chandelier by Osler of Birmingham
Cut glass six branch 'Sphere' Chandelier by Osler of Birmingham: the baluster stem with panels of fine diamond cutting; dressed with graduated fe...
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Denton Antiques
F & C OSLER
Diamond-cut glass Lantern by Osler of Birmingham
Diamond-cut glass Lantern by Osler of Birmingham: the gilded-bronze mount with classical pierced anthemion, palmette and sea scroll design; with ...
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Denton Antiques
F & C OSLER
Early 20th Century gravity fed Table Fountain Epergne
Early 20th Century gravity-fed Table Fountain Epergne: attributable to F. & C. Osler; the gilt metal frame with circular gallery base inset with a...
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Denton Antiques
F & C OSLER
Fine swirl-cut glass Ceiling Bowl by Osler of Birmingham
Fine swirl-cut glass Ceiling Bowl by Osler of Birmingham: the scallop-edged diamond and cross-cut bowl with six gilded-bronze scrolling fronds; dr...
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Denton Antiques
F & C OSLER
Gilt-mounted frosted and cut glass Ceiling Light
Gilt-mounted frosted and cut glass Ceiling Light by Osler: the bowl with frosted interior and cut with double petal pattern on the outside; in cla...
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Denton Antiques