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Antique Nautical Spotlight c.1940

$1,465

ABOUT

An original antique salvaged aluminum nautical spotlight from a working ship at sea. Can be hung directly from the ceiling. Four dogs secure the front lid onto the light fixture for easy changing of the bulb. A handle on top of the light that allows you to tilt the light.

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 23 in. W 19 in. D 14 in. Base Diameter:  7.5 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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