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Small Galvanised Exterior Lamp

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We searched for years for a simple, workmanlike outside lamp was wasn't contrived in the way many are. We found it in this example that has not changed in design or manufacture since the late C19th. Made from iron and steel and then galvanised for weather-resistance this traditional exterior quality lamp has a glass dome to protect the bulb. Designed to be mounted on a flat wall, it stands 9½inches from the wall, is 14 inches in depth and is 7½inches wide overall. Spare glasses are available as are corner brackets elswhere on this website.

We are not completely clear just when this lamp was first introduced. It is certainly a common fixture on period properties still and the remnants of old ones, perhaps with the glass broken, can often be spotted whilst travelling around. We have a Simplex catalogue dating from 1895 that shows an identical lamp and we suspect that the design dates from sometime during the decade or so just prior to that.

The history of the galvanising process is, however, well documented. Engineers had been exploring means of preventing iron rusting for many years and had been experimenting with zinc coats since at least 1742. It was not until Stanislaus Sorel revisited these ideas and developed improved methods of cleaning the iron with sulphuric acid prior to the zinc coat that a reliable industrial process could be achieved. He was able to patent his ideas in 1836 and, the following year, a similar idea was patented in England. By 1850 an industry had grown and provided rust-proofing surfaces for many Victorian iron products.


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