Since my assumption is most members on this site are older and have seen a lot of different things, I was hoping someone might know where/what this light fixture came from or off of, or anything you could tell me about it. Please see the attached pics:
Also, it is 15" tall, about 9.5" wide at widest point, and weighs 22 lbs! It appears to be mostly cast iron and has a brass "finial" at the top.
Just a guess on my part but looks like it mounts to the top of a pole or post.
One last thing, the seller I bought it from thought it came off a ship? At least he was told that.
Generally things like that on ships are brass so they don't rust away. It's a protected light,probaly off some industrial site over stairs,walkway,something like that.
What's with that out-sized dome top with the (brass ?) acorn nut ? Seems unnecessary amount of material involved simply to cap a lightbulb - is there anything going on inside that dome ? Fun to see ! I really enjoy the "what is it ?" threads.
Top off a gas pump? Bet at one time there was a glass globe around the outside with a notch to allow it to be opened.
Could this be a beacon off of a tower or something similar. Would have had a Red lens more than likely. Jim
(Message edited by tfan on June 17, 2018)
Much Thanks for the replies, but still wondering I guess?!!
I thought for sure someone on here would know exactly what this is? Nobody else???
My venture guess
Seems so tough with that cage and bolt on cover, that its an explosion proof lamp. They make those today, just not cast up like your early version. May be missing the glass globe that would have been encased inside.
Last shot to get any more replies???
I think Dan's got it.
Look up antique explosion proof light or something similar. You will get images that have similar looking lamps! This one just looks either a lot tougher or older being so rugged looking.
I was thinking it was a gas street lamp converted to electric. The gas tube and burner would have been in the bottom of the fixture and so the wires for the electric socket would also come up from the bottom. Cast iron to take the heat of the flame. Just a guess.
Electric Chamber Pot missing the ceramic bowl