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    Posted 7 months ago

    MMNJ
    (40 items)

    I’m looking for information on the age or make of this light. It’s about 11” long and has hooks that would allow it to be hung on a headboard. The only markings on it are the letter F on the switch and the common UL on the plug. Thank you.

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    1. Watchsearcher Watchsearcher, 7 months ago
      Rather than on a door, I believe this is made to hang on your bed headboard as a reading light.
      Oh, how I would love to come across one in my poking around second-hand shops.
    2. MMNJ MMNJ, 7 months ago
      Thank you Watchsearcher! I searched headboard lamps and can confirm that’s what this is, and have updated this post accordingly. Still looking for information on age and make though
    3. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 7 months ago
      The "F "on the switch won't be of much help, it is a relatively common mark of an old company (Franklin, maybe? I don't remember offhand) that probably made just the light *socket* itself. Is the shade on this made of glass, I love how it looks and how it seems to fasten to the cap on the other end from the socket?!!

      Its electrical parts look original and in general suggest 1940's-50's to me, further ID could prove to be difficult unless there's a small label or mark hidden inside somewhere. VERY COOL anyways?!! :-) :-) :-)
    4. MMNJ MMNJ, 7 months ago
      That’s correct AnythingObscure- you open the lamp by bending back the metal bracket across the back, simply lifting off the cap on the left side (opposite the switch), and then removing the glass which is open on the end near the switch to expose the bulb. I believe all parts are original. There are no marks aside from those I indicated, which I understand provide limited information, unfortunately.
    5. AnythingObscure AnythingObscure, 7 months ago
      Oh *that's* interesting MMNJ, at my first glance I thought I saw threads on the closed end so the cap would *screw* on, but that's not the case at all??!! That glass globe looks like it was manufactured for a vertical orientation with the fancy patterned top, like something used in a sconce or chandelier -- maybe you could check into old lights like *that* instead to see if you could narrow its age any -- or even research old light globes (if its possible to do that?) to try to find a maker or pattern for the glass itself...?? (if I knew somewhere to point you I would but I don't, maybe somebody else will??)
    6. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 7 months ago
      I had some catalog pages with the lamp in the 30's book, I also had a pair of the table lamps !~

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