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Red Clamp Lamp

Materials: Red painted metal. Iron clamp, aluminium lampshade. The lampshade is not painted inside. Chromed brass joint. Chromed ornamental screw. Bakelite socket.

Lampshade: 10  x 7,7 cm / 3.93 x 3.03” 

Clamp: 11 x 8 cm  / 4.33 x 3.14”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used. But preferably a small one. For this setup an extra small E14 light bulb was used.

Period: 1950s – 1960s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: To be appraised.

Other versions: In all probability made in several colours.

On the bottom are the remnants visible of a paper label. This petite clamp lamp can be used as a picture light, desk lamp or even as a wall lamp.

The switch is made by Arno, article 425, 2 Ampere/250 volt


The switch is made by Arno.  Arno is a typical European name, but no company of electric parts was found. Only in Italy Arno elettronica SRL exists. It’s unclear if this Arno is the maker and that the company existed in the 1960s. However, Arno is a common name in Germany.

The Arno is also a river in the Tuscany region of Italy. It is the most important river of central Italy after the Tiber, the third-longest river in the country. The Tiber passes through Rome before it flows into the sea.


Links (external links open in a new window)

Arno on Wikipedia

Arno elettronica SRL

Geneanet about Arno

The Arno river in Italy on Wikipedia

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Red Clamp Lamp

Red Clamp Lamp