Sea Shell Souvenir Lamp
Materials: A queen conch placed on top of a cone top shell. Bakelite socket.
Height: 23 cm / 9.05”
Width: 45 cm / 17.71”
Electricity: 1 light bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but the smaller the better.
Period: 1950s – 1960s.
Designer: To be appraised, designed by nature.
Manufacturer: To be appraised.
Many of them have their origin in the Caribbean, because the queen conch – lobatus gigas – is edible and lives among others in that area. Conch meat has been consumed for centuries and has traditionally been an important part of the diet in many islands in the West Indies and Southern Florida.
The queen conch is glued on a cone top shell, a member of the trochidae family – to be determined. Probably a species that lives in the same region.
The electric parts of this light are European and are the same as frequently used in other souvenir lamps such as the lights from Vallauris, France, also shown here on Vintageinfo. So probably these shells were imported in Europe to make those lamps. These lamps were sold in many souvenir shops on the European coasts since the end of the second world war, and probably sold around the globe.