Thursday 18 August 2011

Art Deco Electric Street Light

A spare hour yesterday afternoon produced this scratch-built art deco era electric street light based on ones seen in Weybridge Surrey. The underside of reflector on the real lamp would have a mosaic of mirror glass like on a glitter ball - obviously too small to model.

Looking at old photographs in the Weybridge and Walton on Thames, area they appear all over the place in 1955 Francis Frith photographs, and I remember seeing the tungsten versions as modelled here within the last 10 years locally. Now they have modern SOX sodium units in place, but thankfully still have the swan neck and are painted mid-green.

I'm guessing that before electric conversion (in the 1920/30's?) they could have been gas, and would have probably featured the familiar cross bar for the lighting up man to rest his ladder on.

The problem now is that I want to make some more, a simple enough job, the base is carved plastic rod, the neck brass wire, the reflector aluminium from a beer can, and the bulb a little piece of clear styrene from the sprue of some window glazing.


  1. Have a look at these links Chris:-

    Funnily enough I was just thinking about making one or two of this style of lamp for St. Mary Hoo.


  2. Thnaks - the lamp detail is useful.
    These were taken last year with sodium heads

  3. Like minds think alike!
    I was just browsing Gaugemaster for some working lamps to replace the non working types on Pen Y Bont. Your post has set me thinking, some brass tube, grain of wheat bulbs, mmmmm.
    I will see what I can come up with.

    BTW I remember this type of lamp and post from the early days of my childhood.
    giving my age away now!


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