Carambole Billiard Pendant Lamp
Materials: Copper coloured anodized aluminium lampshade, white painted inside. Porcelain socket.
Cord Length: 200 cm / 78.74’’
Height: 29 cm / 11.41”
Width: ∅ 29 cm / 11.41”
Electricity: 1 bulb E27, 1 x 100 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Period: 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be appraised.
These vintage lamps were presumably made by a German company. A label is present inside the lampshade: Je Fassung 100 Watt, German for Version 100 Watt/maximum 100 watt.
Today these billiard pendant lamps are sold by Buffalo, Joba Leisure B.V., Jan Rebelstraat 10- 12, 1069CB Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Other versions: Made in some slight variations over the years. Made with a porcelain socket, Bakelite socket and today a plastic socket.
It is possible to use a fluorescent lamp. These lamps use 24 watt and are build for this purpose. They are made by Osram (Duralux circle 24w), Radium (Ralux Ring RXP-CI), and others. A Radium lamp is used in the pictures.
These billiard pendant lamps are often for sale as Scandinavian or Danish pendants. They got many similarities with the Orient Minor & Major pendant lamp designed by Jo Hammerborg and produced since 1963 by Fog & Morup. These Carambole/carom pendant lamps originate from the same period and are most likely designed after the design of the Orient pendant lamp, which was a great success at that time.
Beware! Search for Bakelite or more preferably porcelain sockets if you want to buy real vintage ones.
Buffalo is a brand of the Joba Leisure B.V. company (Besloten Venootschap – private company). Joba Leisure BV is an international and globally active wholesaler in billiards, darts, table tennis, fitness and related products. The company was founded in 1985.
Today these new lights are sold for 30 – 50 euro a piece.