Posted 6 years ago
Here's a tortoise-shell textured/coloured Bakelite banker's lamp made by Atlas Appliance Corp, Brooklyn, NY. I think it's from the '40s or maybe early '50s.
The base is made of Bakelite but everything else is made of thin light metal or possibly tin, and painted brown. The top part is heavier than the base so it's a bit topsy-turvy. It has the feel of a cheap period knock-off of the higher quality banker lamps - a symptom of the emerging mid-century era of cheap mass production I suppose.
The base measures 6"x7"; the shade is 3.5"x8"; and the entire lamp is about 10" tall. It's in dire need of rewiring but is otherwise in excellent condition.