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floor standing lamp german railway vintage surveyors tripod
Reference 15_2380

Vintage German railway floor light

Era: 1950s Origin: Germany

A vintage floor standing German railway light salvaged from defunct signalling equipment outside of Berlin, Germany. The polished aluminium enclosure features cast manufacturers marks and the original glass lens. It is mounted on an adjustable wood surveyors tripod.

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surveyors tripod feet vintage railway lamp
polished aluminium vintage railway signal light with cast marks branding
Germany

Origin: Germany

German designs are famed for their clean lined and well engineered approach. The Bauhaus School played a major role in combining design with engineering during the late 1920s and early 1930s. A number of lights we salvage were influenced by Bauhaus School design. From the mid to late 20th century, Communist East Germany produced a wide variety of lights for both industrial, commercial and residential applications, often manufactured in three scaled versions to cater for varying bulb wattage.

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polished aluminium details on surveyors tripod vintage railway lamp

Restoration

Different materials require different processes. At skinflint we are fascinated by interesting surfaces and patinas, that’s why we tend not to repaint our lights as this can make them look too ‘new’ and they lose some of their of individuality. During restoration non-ferrous metals such as aluminium are often sealed using crystalline waxes, or occasionally left raw so the surface can develop an interesting lustre over time. Ferrous metals such as iron and steel will usually have a clear lacquer powder-coated onto the surface to prevent oxidisation. Woods are waxed to bring out grain and protect the surface. All forms of surface sealing are designed to protect and enhance the surface of the lights.

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Product details

The light is supplied tested and rewired with three metres of twisted black braided cable, a new screw (E27) lamp holder, black foot switch and plug. Minimum height: 1200mm | Maximum height: 1850mm

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130 (glass) mm
1800 (max) mm
10.8 kg
230 (enclosure) mm
190 (enclosure) mm
Silver | Brown

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

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Beautiful Light! 

I toyed with this light for ages before I bought it, thinking it was a lot of money. When I eventually ordered and received the light, I was not disappointed. I love this light, so heavy, chunky and in my eyes, gorgeous. It will look brilliant in my dining room, in my newly renovated farmhouse. 

- Tina | Cheshire | UK

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We have often purchased from skinflint and the fittings are exactly as depicted, delivered on time & with excellent customer service.

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