Pair of Original Ships'Onion' Lamps. They are an impressive size standing 22" tall including the extended handle (56 cm) and the diameter measured around the cage is about 13" (33cm). Fine examples of the type. A matched pair in totally original condition.
Those with clear glass were used below decks for cabin lighting or above deck as anchor lamps whilst examples with coloured glass, as here, were used as navigation lamps strung from the rigging. The wire cage surrounding the globes provided a useful function of protecting the glass from damage by sails of flapping cordage.
Whist the history of this pair is now lost we believe they are probably of European and perhaps French or German origin. Interestingly both the globes have been etched with code numbers'R49654' and'R49655' which may have identified them to the vessel they served on. The lamps are made from galvanised metal finished in gold paint and come complete with suspension loops. It is nice to find a set of original lamps that have the burners with them but it would be a simple job to wire them up for electricity and without the need to damage them by drilling, which sadly has happened on many of the lamps we see.No major damage, a few dints and marks commensurate with age. Please see all photos as these form part of the description. Collection Welcome This exceptional item will make a great display piece for nautical decor. Please look at my other listings, including vintage Nautical Items, as well as other collectibles.... And all with satisfaction guaranteed.
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