Featured Spelter / zinc boat lamp

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by David Askett, Jun 13, 2019 at 8:48 PM.

  1. David Askett

    David Askett Active Member

    Having an interest in British and Canadian militaria, I was thrilled earlier today to find the lamp in the attached photos. It’s made of bronzed zinc or spelter, and is in the form of a Battle of Britain-era Royal Air Force high-speed launch, as used to rescue airmen who had been downed at sea. It has a red lightbulb inside but, considering the age of the fabric-covered wiring, I haven’t tried to turn it on. I’m hoping someone might be able to tell me something about this lamp, i.e. the manufacturer, if it really dates to the early wartime era, or even if you’ve just seen a similar spelter boat or ship lamp.

    Now, the photos:

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    [​IMG]

    Thanks!
     
  2. springfld.arsenal

    springfld.arsenal Store: http://www.springfieldarsenal.net/

    Another dimensionless object.
     
    Michael77 and yourturntoloveit like this.
  3. David Askett

    David Askett Active Member

    Oh, please excuse me. It’s just over 12” long.
     
  4. David Askett

    David Askett Active Member

    By the way, here’s a photo of the boat this lamp was modelled after:

    [​IMG]
     
    kentworld, komokwa, Michael77 and 2 others like this.
  5. johnnycb09

    johnnycb09 Well-Known Member

    At first I thought tv lamp,but I guess it might be a radio lamp ? I thought 40s-50s in age.
     
    patd8643 likes this.
  6. springfld.arsenal

    springfld.arsenal Store: http://www.springfieldarsenal.net/

    Agree, I’d think postwar as nearly all metals, including zinc, and production facilities were reserved for war production during WWII.

    Anything of interest on the bottom?
     
    Michael77 likes this.
  7. David Askett

    David Askett Active Member

    No, nothing. I’m going to take the lamp apart tonight, to rewire it, and will let you know if I find anything interesting inside.
     
    Jivvy and Michael77 like this.
Draft saved Draft deleted
Similar Threads: Spelter zinc
Forum Title Date
Antique Discussion French 19th Century Spelter Sculpture of a Warrior Oct 27, 2018
Antique Discussion METAL? SPELTER? 44" FLAPPER GIRL STATUE/LAMP? Oct 26, 2018
Antique Discussion Spelter Sculpture French Warrior (ca. 1880) Mar 23, 2017
Antique Discussion Bronzed Spelter/Lead Buffalo Cow Figurine Oct 31, 2016
Antique Discussion Spelter Statue Oct 15, 2016

Share This Page