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British street lighting by BTH

Era: 1950s Origin: UK

Original British street lanterns made by British Thomson-Houston (BTH), salvaged from an electrical substation in West London, UK. The pendants have been sensitively refurbished with an industrial yet elegant style perfectly suited to both kitchen and living areas.

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Origin: UK

Lighting design in the UK benefitted from a free market. Different companies were working at the same time, designing and producing similar products for the same market. Often with only slight differences in their style, they constantly upgraded and improved their original designs. The products we salvage come from the old industrial heartland of England. This area of the UK was once the boiler room of the British economy - from the potteries of Stoke, through the engineering works of Birmingham, to the wool, textile and cotton mills of Oldham and Manchester.

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Restoration

The light comprises a two-part polished aluminium enclosure, featuring cast makers mark and branding to the top side. The original prismatic glass reflector, with an etched underside, was designed to provide uniformed light to a road. Very often the glass reflectors were damaged due to the wear and tear of daily life illuminating a British street. As a result, these pendants are not very often available in large numbers, making each one a unique find.

Product details

Each light is supplied with new screw (E27) lamp holder, 2mtrs of adjustable wire suspension, elephant grey braided cable and ceiling mounting plate. (If you would prefer another colour cable, wire suspension or an E26 lamp holder for use in the USA, please just ask).

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280 mm
360 mm
3.9 kg
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Silver / Clear

IP20 for internal use only. All dimensions and weights are approximate.

BTH

Manufacturer: BTH

British Thomson-Houston (BTH) was founded in 1896 in Rugby, Warwickshire. In 1911, BTH obtained the GE patents for tungsten filaments and the Mazda trademark. From the 1930s the company became well known for the production of street lighting columns and lanterns - some of our favourite and rarest finds are the urban prismatic lanterns they produced in the 1950s. The company was abolished during the mass mergers of the 1960s and consolidated under the AEI banner.

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