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Antique Nautical Brass Spotlight c.1940

$1,465

ABOUT

An original antique salvaged brass and stainless steel nautical spotlight from a working ship at sea. Searchlights and spotlights are powerful lights with a concentrated beam that turned in specific directions. This navigation light would have been used on the exterior deck of the vessel.

Adjust at the base to tilt the light. Can be hung directly from the ceiling or wall. Four dogs secure the front lid onto the light fixture for easy changing of the bulb.

This light has been rewired with a UL-Listed bulb fixture, wiring and on/off switch so you can easily plug it into a wall outlet. The bulb base is rated up to 250 volts and 660 watts. This light takes a medium base bulb of 100 watts or less.

  • CREATOR Unknown.
  • DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1940.
  • MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Metal, Steel, Glass.
  • CONDITION Good. Wear consistent with age and use. 
  • DIMENSIONS H 15 in. W 11.5 in. D 15.5 in. Glass Diameter: 8.75 in.

HISTORY

Signal lamps were invented in the late 19th century by Arthur Cyril Webb Aldis. They are often referred to as Aldis lamps or Morse lamps. A floodlight like this would have been used on the masthead of the ship, or perhaps on a pedestal, to communicate to other vessels via signals. These lights were used during the day and at night. 

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