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Reference 17_2785

G.E.C British street lantern

Era: 1950s Origin: UK

A vintage reclaimed 1950s 'Clearside 5580/1/2' street lantern by 'The General Electric Co. Ltd' the leading manufacturer of street lighting from the 1930s-1960s.

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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Restoration

The light comprises of a two-part polished aluminium enclosure that features a prominent cast makers mark and branding to the top side. The original prismatic glass reflector also features manufacturers branding and 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

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

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300 mm
330 mm
3.2 kg
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Silver | Clear

Supplied tested to BS EN60598. IP20 for internal use only. All dimensions and weights are approximate.

G.E.C

Manufacturer: G.E.C

Established in London, in 1886 the General Electric Company were to become the largest electrical manufacturing organisation in the British Empire and lived up to their description of ‘Manufacturers of everything electrical’ throughout their 100 year history. During the mass industrialisation of the 1950s, GEC were often the supplier of choice for lighting the factories, workshops and mills of Britain with their huge range of light fixtures for every application.

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