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Giant Clam Table Lamp

 

Materials: Giant clam – Tridacna gigas -, some coral to determine, Bakelite socket. 

Height: 24 cm / 9.44”

Length: 27 cm / 10.62”

Width: 17 cm / 6.69”

Electricity: 1 light bulb E14, 1 x 60 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1980s.

Designer: These lamps are all handmade and designed by nature.

Manufacturer: To be appraised.

The shells have their origin in the Pacific Ocean and the Indian Ocean, but the electric parts are made in the 1980s by the Italian VLM Components company from Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy.

In all probability this lamp was put together somewhere in Europe to be sold in souvenir shops in the touristic coastal areas in Europe. Most of these shells were imported from the Philippines.

The giant clam is the largest living bivalve mollusk and is one of the most endangered clam species. They can weigh more than 200 kilograms (440 lb), measure as much as 120 cm (47”) across, and they have an average lifespan in the wild of over 100 years.

The giant clam alive – Monsters of the Deep – National Geographic