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Völker Hamburg Spider Chandelier

Materials: Rectangular brass rods with vanilla-white painted parts. Vanilla-white painted thick tube in the middle. Long brass rod and canopy. Some brass parts. 8 tubular embossed clear glass lampshades. 8 Bakelite E14 sockets.

Total Height: 80 cm / 31.49”

Width: ∅ 75 cm / 29.52”

Glass: ∅ 20 x 6,5 cm / 7.87 x 2.55”

Electricity: 8 bulbs E14, 8 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, not a specific one preferred. 

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

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Friedrich Karl Völker Elektro-Großhandel, Hamburg, Germany

Other versions: This Völker Hamburg spider chandelier was also made as a wall lamp and flush mount. Made in several variations. More or less lampshades, other glass and so on.


Friedrich Karl Völker Elektro-Großhandel was a wholesaler, not a lighting company who sold lighting made by several anonymous and well known German companies. The Völker company was founded in 1914. It was located in Pulverteich 13, Hamburg. The building was demolished, today it is an open space (2020). For the moment it is unknown when it ended business.

In it’s 1964 catalogue lighting appears from the German brands ERCO, Staff Leuchten, BuR – Bünte und Remler, Teka, DORIA, Rotaflex, Martin Müller, Hillebrand, HoSo – Hofmeister & Sohn, Erpees – Pfäffle Leuchten, Lindner-Leuchten, Novallux, SIS-Licht, BEGA and Norka.

Many other lamps appear in this 115 pages catalogue, but all the other lights are presented without mentioning a maker, such as this one. They were probably made by several anonymous German lighting companies. The wholesaler may or may not have put its own label on it. A common practice.

Völker Hamburg Spider Chandelier – 1964 Catalogue Picture

Völker Hamburg Spider Chandelier - 1964 Catalogue Picture

Völker Hamburg Spider Flush Mount  – 1964 Catalogue Picture

Völker Hamburg Spider Chandelier - Flush Mount - 1964 Catalogue Picture

Links (external links open in a new window)

Hamburg – Wikipedia


German lamps

Many thanks to Ger for the beautiful pictures and the enthusiasm.