Horn Fish Table Lamp
Materials: Cow horn or some other bovine horn. White painted Bakelite socket. Some screws, fake plastic eye.
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 (this lamp).
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: To be appraised.
Other versions: Made 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 the coastal areas around the world.
Some say it is folk art, but they were produced on a massive scale. They were very popular in the 1950s and 1960s. 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 1970s. 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.