Thanks to the help of a couple of neighbor-friends, I have a fully functioning, fully polished, electric octopus brass chandelier once again in the hallway. Hoooray! I’m so lucky to have such nice friends!
Jim B. did the wiring after a local shop said it was “impossible” to re-wire, and Rob G. just installed it. In the interim, I did the polishing and varnishing.
Here are some before, during, and after photos: