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1940s Elliptical Car Factory Lights By Benjamin

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1940s

  • £105 Each
  • €119 Euro
  • $134 US Dollar

United Kingdom

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1940s Elliptical Car Factory Lights By Benjamin

OTTO'S ANTIQUES
Elliptical Green Enamel Industrial Pendant Lights

- Price is per light (22 available)
- Worldwide shipping
- Fully rewired
- Comes with 100cm of red braided cable & ceiling hook
- Green enamel outer with white enamel inner reflector
- Takes B22 bayonet bulbs
- English, Circa 1930's
- 32cm wide x 32cm tall x 26cm deep

Benjamin

The Benjamin Electric Manufacturing Company was founded Reuben Benjamin in Chicago, Illinois, filing its first patent in 1898. The company opened a base in England, as the Benjamin Electric Ltd, in 1908, in Rosebury Avenue, Islington. Bearing in mind that Thomas Alva Edison had only demonstrated the first working lightbulb 29 years previously, it’s fair to suggest that they were at the vanguard of industrial lighting. Benjamin Electric decamped from London, N1, a decade later, when demand outgrew their facilities, to, of all places, London N17: Tottenham, at Brantwood Road, not a vast leap from White Hart Lane.

During the Second World War, despite the factory being bombed, they produced lighting for planes and airstrips. The Brantwood Plant was afterwards rebuilt and expanded, to encompass state-of-the-art laboratory, engineering, administrative and design offices, assembly plant, canteen and social club. By 1960 the company employed 600 people.

Condition Report

The shades will show signs of wear in the form of rust spots and age marks

As with all of our products this product is an original piece and has lived a life before it arrived at Otto's HQ. It has been sympathetically restored by the Otto's team to ensure it has a life for many more years to come. All of our products will show signs of patina and cosmetic wear, this we believe is what gives our products their unique charm. If you have any further questions regarding the condition of this product or any others please don't hesitate to contact us and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Dimensions: 

  • H: 32cm (12.60in)
  • W: 32cm (12.60in)

Period: 

1940s

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OTTO'S ANTIQUES

Basement 130 Fore Street
Exeter
Devon
EX4 3JQ
United Kingdom

WWW.OTTOSANTIQUES.CO.UK

Otto's is a family run business and was founded in Exeter, Devon in 2013, when we took on our first retail space in Exeters' up and coming independent area around Fore Street. I founded Otto's as a young 22 year old, after leaving my hometown of Coventry and my job in the construction trade, with a modest pot of savings as a start up!

The original shop dated back to the late 1800's where it had many incarnations, such as a butchers and a car showroom, it has always been a great retail space, full of character! We operated both our webstore and shop from here for 3 years before we sadly outgrew the space due to the expansion of our webstore.

We moved into our new warehouse & showroom in May 2016. We instantly fell in love with the industrial aspect of the space which is a complimentary backdrop for our stock. The warehouse provided us with a large retail space, stock room, office, workshop and loading bay and was a huge step forward from our humble origins.

The warehouse dates back to the 1930s, when it served as a Morris car garage, and a telephone exchange during the 1950's & 1960's. It retains all its original features including it's concertina garage doors, exposed pipework and beams.

Otto's is now run by a father & son team, Lewis & David Macskimming. David runs the workshop & restoration while I, Lewis run the website, shipping and logistics. We source stock from all over Europe and ship worldwide, providing well curated and sympathetically restored 20th century antiques.

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