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Reclaimed German cargo ship lights

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1960s aluminium vintage german cargo ship bulkhead wall lights
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Reclaimed German cargo ship lights

Era: 1950s Origin: Germany

A large run of glass and aluminium naval lights salvaged from the passageways of German cargo ships. The original prismatic glass sits in a polished aluminium enclosure with integral mountings and feature cast makers marks.

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1960s caged vintage german cargo ship wall lights with prismatic glass
castings on 1960s vintage german cargo ship bulkhead wall lights
1960s caged vintage german cargo ship wall lights with prismatic glass
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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Restoration

Once a light has undergone preparatory treatment and the degraded surface has been removed, the path is clear for us to bring it back to life. At skinflint we tend not to repaint surfaces, this would make the lights look too ‘new’ and they’d lose some of their individuality. So, with ferrous metals such as iron and steel, we wax-polish the surface on large rotating cotton wheels adding shine, grain and highlights to the casting details and bringing out the light’s character through surface and patina.

side view of 1960s vintage german cargo ship bulkheads

Product details

Each light is supplied with a new screw (E27) lamp holder. If you require an E26 lamp holder (for use in the USA) please just let us know. Suitable for use as both wall and ceiling fittings.

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160 (Glass) mm
230 mm
2.5 kg
280 mm
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Silver

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

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