Man In The Moon Table Lamps
Materials: Black triangular plastic base. Vanilla-cream plastic moon lampshades. Bakelite BA15 sockets.
Height: 28 cm / 11.02”
Width: 21 cm / 8.26”
Base: 10 x 15,3 cm / 3.93 x 6.02”
Electricity: 1 bulb BA15, 1 x 15 watt maximum, 110/220 volt. Any type of BA15 light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.
Designer: To be appraised.
Manufacturer: Valvic Electrical Products Ltd. London, United Kingdom
Other versions: Presumably no other versions exists of these Man in the Moon table lamps.
Unfortunately, not much information to be found about the company. Only a patent in 1966 for a lamp and a sentence in The London Gazette from 24th October 1974 that the company was dissolved:
“Notice is hereby given, pursuant to section 353 (5) of the Companies Act, 1948, that the names of the undermentioned Companies have been struck off the Register. Such Companies are accordingly dissolved as from the date of the publication of this notice. These lists may include Companies which are being removed from the Register at their own request. “
Fortunately, there is a lot of text on the lamps themselves:
Molded in the plastic: Made in Engeland – Valvic Electrical Products Ltd, London – Do not use a higher power bulb than 15 W – British reg design no 919159.
The registered design number 919159 is dated 1964 – 1965.
All the electric parts were made by VLM Components in the 1960s. 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.