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Fiocchi Munizioni S.p.A. website
Cobra snap buttons on the Riri website
1950s Candlestick Lab Lamp
Materials: Round brass base with a candlestick handle. Copper rod. Wood & leather. Parasol style clip-on “lampshades”. Brass socket with a ribbed porcelain ring.
Height: 31 cm / 12.20”
Width: 12,5 cm / 4.92”
Base: ∅ 9 cm / 3.54”
Height: 11 cm / 4.33”
Width: 5,5 cm / 2.16”
Base: ∅ 3,5 cm / 1.37”
Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. But preferably a round light bulb. The clamps are made for such a lamp.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be appraised. In all probability an Italian company. This lamp was acquired in Italy.
Other versions: This 1950s candlestick table lamp exists in all probability in several versions.
Where these lamps were used for is unclear. Possibly the were used in a laboratory to illuminate something specific.
These two lamps look like they are 100 years old or more, but all the electric parts are produced in the 1950s. We already see these brass flower/parasol caps in lamps since the 1890s. They already were made for other purposes years before. All parts are brass, the rod is in copper. The base has a wooden lid.
The caps can be detached. They are made with snap/press buttons from Cobra and Fiocchi, both companies from Italy. A press button company with the name Cobra(x) exists in Italy, but it started business in 1977. It is impossible that these lamps are from the late 1970s or later. In all probability the buttons were replaced at some time. Fiocchi is in origin an ammunition factory. Snaps were made using scraps left after cartridge production. The Fiocchi Snaps company started in 1903. Probably this button is original.
The small lamp is made of brass, some with plastic, red Bakelite and leather. It can be used for an E27 lamp and with the converter for an E14 bulb.
The Bakelite switch is made by the presumably Italian company Arno. The firm is long gone. The plug has no marks whatsoever.
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