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East German Desk Lamp


Materials: white painted metal (iron), metal adjustable goose-neck (inside) and plastic parts. Cast iron counterweight in the base. Bakelite socket.

Height: 38 cm / 14.96” – adjustable

Lampshade: ∅ 20 cm / 7.87”

Base: ∅ 13,7 cm / 5.39”

Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred. However a small E27 bulb gives the best result.

Period: 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised.

The label inside the lampshade of this East German desk lamp is missing. But the plug is made by Krania. Krania is a former East German plug and socket company from Kranichfeld. The Krania company still exists.

There were several light companies in the former GDR (German Democratic Republic). Helion from Armstadt or VEB Wohnraumleuchten from Stadtilm or Erlau, to name the most important ones. In all probability this desk lamp is made by one of those 2 light factories.


Links (external links open in a new window)

Krania sockets and plugs website

The city of Kranichfeld on Wikipedia

East Germany on Wikipedia

Stadtilm on Wikipedia

Erlau on Wikipedia

East German lamps on Vintageinfo

East German Desk Lamp