The year 2019 marks the 170th anniversary of the founding of the Elias Palme chandelier company in Kamenický (Steinschönau).
This company’s importance was deeply international. It produced chandeliers for prestigious buildings in Milan, Sydney, New York, and elsewhere. Kamenický Šenov was nicknamed “Little Paris” thanks to the distinctive, richly ornamented homes of its local businessmen. Glassworks and the other operations tied to them naturally belonged to the local color of the entire glassmaking region reaching from Neuwelt (Harrachov) to Kamenický Šenov.
Numerous chandeliers that still adorn halls worldwide to this day are not this famous firm’s only relics. Its headquarters and production plant in Kamenický Šenov, locally nicknamed Eliáška, still looms over the city today as a memento of past eras. Unfortunately, today the remains of the still-undemolished structures nad bearing walls can only let us guess at the generosity of its size and the opulence of its decorations.