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Schmahl & Schulz Pendant Lamp

Materials: Dark grey/black round lampshade made of brass, iron, aluminium. Many glass tubes in the metal lampshade. Round embossed pressed glass disc below. 3 Bakelite sockets.

Cord Length: 60 cm / 23.62’’

Height: 15 cm / 14.96”

Width: ∅ 44 cm /16.92”

Electricity: 3 bulbs E27, 3 x 75 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred.

Period: 1960s, 1970s – Mid-Century Modern.

Designer: Mr. Petersen in 1966. No information to be found.

Manufacturer: Schmahl & Schulz GmbH & Co. KG, Barmen, Wuppertall, Germany (Schmahl + Schulz).

Other versions: Made in slightly different styles. Produced as wall lamp, pendant lamp, ceiling lamp. Other companies produced comparable lamps. Among others: E.M. Lamper, Denmark, Philips, The Netherlands, Massive, Belgium.

Schmahl & Schulz

Schmahl & Schulz GmbH & Co. KG Metallwarenfabrik (Metalware factory) was founded in 1880. In the beginning the company produced accessories for electric lighting, light switches and so on. They also produced parts for export. Later on they started the production of wall, table and flush mounts/ceiling lights until the late 1930s. 

During the Second World War Schmahl & Schulz made insignia (badges and medals) for the NSDAP. (Nationalsozialistische Deutsche Arbeiterpartei – National Socialist German Workers’ Party: the Nazi party)
It had the RZM code M1/183 (Reichszeugmeisterei – the purchasing agency of the Nazi’s).
Not only the factory produced medals but they also had slaves in the Nazi camp system, as more than 2500 other factories in the country did. 

After the war, the company began to produce lighting again. The Schmahl & Schulz GmbH & Co. KG Metallwarenfabrik company no longer exists. It is unclear when the company ended business. 

Wuppertal is a city in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It has a population of approximately 350.000 inhabitants (2017). It is the largest city in the Bergisches Land.

Schmahl & Schulz Ceiling Lamp

1960s Schmahl & Schulz Flush Mount Design: Petersen 1966 glass tubes metal MCM

Wall Lamps

1960s Schmahl & Schulz Wall Lamps Design: Petersen 1966 glass tubes metal MCM

Schmahl & Schulz Table Lamp

1960s Schmahl & Schulz Table Lamp Design: Petersen 1966 glass tubes metal lampshade aluminium mushroom MCM