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british grey enamel ceiling lights by Benjamin from dunlop factory
Reference 13_1781

Dunlop Aerospace Factory lights. V5

Era: 1950s Origin: UK

British enamelled pendants salvaged from the Dunlop Aerospace Factory, Coventry, UK. Established in 1920. Extra Large vitreous enamelled spun steel reflectors by 'Benjamin' complete with original brushed and lacquered steel galleries with cast makers marks. 

pair of british grey enamel ceiling lights by Benjamin from dunlop factory
white interior of british grey enamel ceiling lights by Benjamin from dunlop factory
close up of original vintage ceiling light by benjamin
british grey enamel ceiling lights by Benjamin
UK

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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original vintage benjamin lighting catalogue

Restoration

Restoring a light doesn’t necessarily mean making it ‘like new’. We often preserve the visible signs of age, such as spots of wear and patina, to give a hint about the light’s first story. Or we might reveal the bare metal, accentuating its build and design. The catalogue extracts shown are taken from our own internal manufacturers archive. Circa 1950.

Product details

Supplied with new screw (E27) lamp holders, 2mtrs of industrial steel suspension chain, elephant grey braided cable and ceiling mounting plate.

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460 mm
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3.9 kg
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Grey (White Internal)

Benjamin Electric

Manufacturer: Benjamin Electric

The Benjamin Electric Manufacturing Company was founded by Reuben Berkley Benjamin in Chicago, Illinois in 1898. With the popularity of its lighting, the company expanded rapidly throughout the USA and Canada and then finally abroad, to England - more specifically London - which is where our shades were manufactured. Benjamin was a prolific inventor, mostly in the field of electric lighting. One of his most influential designs was the R.L.M. enamel shade - an influence so profound that this design is what we now recognise as the classic industrial enamel.

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