Grey Enamel Factory Lights By Benjamin Circa 1950sOttos Antiques
Grey Enamel Factory Lights By Benjamin Circa 1950s
Product code #OA1419
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- Vitreous grey enamel outers
- Vitreous white enamel inner reflectors
- Takes E27 fitting bulbs
- Comes with 100cm of cable and chain
- Made by Benjamin, London
- English ~ 1950s - 41cm wide x 41cm tall
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.
Fully re wired with modern electrical components, shades show some signs of cosmetic wear in the form of chips to the enamel and small rust spots.
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. Otto's x