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The giant clam on Wikipedia
The maxima clam (Tridacna maxima), also known as the small giant clam on Wikipedia
Other souvenir lamps on Vintageinfo
VLM Components on Vintageinfo
Coral table lamp on Vintageinfo
Another coral table lamp on Vintageinfo
Cauliflower coral table lamp on Vintageinfo
Giant Clam Table Lamp
Materials: Giant clam – Tridacna gigas. Pocillopora verrucosa or cauliflower coral. 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.
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.
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.
All the electric parts were made by VLM Components in the 1980s. The company was founded in 1945 in Buccinasco, a small village near Milan, Italy. The company became famous for the switches they produce since 1968, designed by Achille Castiglioni.
VLM is part of the Relco Group, founded in 1967. Today they are the owners of the brands Relco, Leuci, Relco Lighting, VLM and Segno.
The giant clam alive – Monsters of the Deep – National Geographic