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Salvaged Green factory enamel made by Maxlume from Pirelli factory
Reference 13_1533

Pirelli warehouse lights (L)

Era: 1950s Origin: UK

Substantial run of early British factory shades salvaged from a warehousing facility of Pirelli Tyres, Burton on Trent, UK. Established in 1928. 

Internal detail of Salvaged Green factory enamel made by Maxlume
Salvaged Green factory enamel made by Maxlume from Pirelli factory casting detail
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

Large vitreous enamelled spun steel reflectors by 'Benjamin' complete with original brushed and lacquered steel galleries with cast manufacturers details. Slight wear to the enamel adds character and emphasises the age of the products.

Product details

Supplied with new bayonet (B22) lamp holders, 2mtrs of industrial steel suspension chain, elephant grey braided cable and ceiling mounting plate.

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405 mm
465 mm
2.7 kg
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Green (White Internal)

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

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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