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    This table lamp (10.5" high, 5" base dia., 4.5" top dia.) appears nautical in theme, yet was never even part of a working lantern. It was in my grandparents' houshold in Maplewood, NJ and since 1957 I can remember turning the serrated brass rotary switch (3/4" projection out of the top piece) to light a medium-base 10 watt sign bulb within its red glass lens. The top "hat" and bottom "cup" pieces of this lamp are rolled and pressed brass sheet metal which I've recently copper plated and then patenized mint green. The bottom "cup" is really two pieces, rolled together with no solder or sealer evident.

    I replaced the original silk-covered cord, as it was quite frayed.

    I'm hoping that someone here will let me know if they've ever seen one like it. My grandparents' limited budget, and my own engineering inspection, suggest that this lamp was never any part of a working lantern, and was designed simply as a nautical-themed table lamp.

    No maker's mark exists anywhere on this lamp, except that the legend "KOPP" is cast into the bottom area of the red glass lens.

    The small harp that holds the top hat-lens-bottom cup "stack" together via knurled-knob is professionally stamped, formed, and spot-welded together. The harp assembly appears to be mild steel with overall brass plating.

    Does anyone recognize this?

    Best Regards,

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