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Wrinkle Paint Bedside Table Lamp

Materials: Curved slant cream painted base with a built-in switch, painted with wrinkle-paint. White painted iron lid on the bottom. Curved brass rod. Brass joint. Cream painted conical tube socket holder. Some metal parts. Red-orange painted round lampshade perforated with round holes in different sizes. Brass E14 socket.

Height: 23 cm / 9.05” – adjustable

Lampshade: ∅ 9 x 12,5 cm / 3.54 x 4.92”

Base:  10 x 7 cm / 3.93 x  2.75”

Electricity: 1 bulb E14, 1 x 40 watt maximum, 110/220 volt.
Any type of light bulb can be used, but a small bulb is preferred. For this setup a refrigerator bulb was used.

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

Designer: To be appraised.

Manufacturer: Gebrüder Cosack, Neheim-Hüsten, Germany – attributed.

Other versions: This wrinkle paint bedside table lamp exists in several colours. It is a small lamp. It can be used as a desk or table lamp, but it was probably meant for use as a bedside table lamp.

The red-orange lampshade of this lamp is reminiscent of the Ernest Igl design for Hillebrand Leuchten. Many lamps with these round holes in different sizes exists.

The parts used for this lamp are typical Cosack Leuchten. The BJB socket is often used for other lamps by this company. Often in combination with VLM Components switches.

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The Gebrüder Cosack (Gecoscompany was founded in 1848 as a metal processing plant in Neheim-Hüsten, Germany by Egon, Friedrich and Theodor Cosack. In the beginning they made liturgical items and crosses made of brass and they also produced kerosene lamps. Later the company came to the production of electric lamps. Cosack is the oldest Neheim lamp factory.

After the Second World War Cosack pursued a modern direction. A best seller were copper lighting for restaurants. The company was declared bankrupt in 1984.

Best known designers: Ursula or Gottfried Stürzenhofecker (unclear, they are both designers), K. H. Kinsky.  


The socket of this desk lamp was made by BJB. BJB is Brökelmann, Jäger and Busse, BJB GmbH & Co. KG. The BJB company was founded in 1867 and started with petroleum lighting. The company still exists. Today they produce LED lamps, terminal blocks and connectors, lamp holders for conventional lighting and switches. They are active in the whole world. BJB GmbH & Co. KG is located on Werler Strasse 1, 59755, ArnsbergGermany.

VLM Components

The switch was made by the VLM Components company from Buccinasco, near Milan in Italy. Today VLM Components is owned by Relco. It is one of the biggest suppliers of switches, cords and plugs in Europe. VLM Components became famous for the switches they produce that were designed by Achille Castiglioni in 1968.