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Horn Fish Table Lamp

Materials: Cut cow horn or some other bovine horn. Some screws, plastic eyes. White painted Bakelite socket.

Height: 35 cm / 8.07”

Width: 22 cm / 2.16”

Base: 14,5 cm x 8 cm / 3.70”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb with an E14 socket can be used, preferably a small light bulb.

Period: 1950s – 1970s.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised.

Other versions: This horn fish table lamp exists in many forms and sizes.

These lamps were probably made since the time that electric light exists. They were for sale in souvenir shops in touristic areas around the world.

Some say it is folk art, but they were produced on a massive scale. They were very popular in the 50’s and 60’s. These objects were made by craftsmen who clearly knew what they were doing, as can be seen in the smooth finish. The style varies according to the origin of the lamp.

This type of fish lamp is easy to find in Belgium, maybe it was made there. Not only lamps were made. Many fish exists without a lamp inside. You could find these lamps and other things made from cow horn for sale until the late 70’s. Many were made in the United Kingdom and Asia.

Horn craft still exists, you can find several shops online were the sell this type of art, newly made.

Links (external links open in a new window)

Cow Horn & Bone For Craft Work – Abbeyhorn

Highlandhorn Ltd.

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