Cunard White Star Line, RMS 'Queen Mary', 3rd Class Smoking Room light fixture by GEC, c-1936. Original milk glass and solid nickel bronze, cooper and modern contemporary maple burr case. Repurposed for modern day use as a table or desk lamp.
Removed from the ship in 1967 during the conversion, sold off as surplus in the late 1970's.
I have been lucky enough to buy two large collections of light fixtures over the last five years, the majority I am keeping and reusing and re fitting into my own home, this is one that I have chosen to part with in part to fund the restoration of the others. It is a very rare opportunity to own an actual public room light fixture from the ship, I can't say I have seen many light fixtures from the ship, especially from a public room, as the majority are thankfully still onboard.
Manufactured by 'G.E.C.' heavily stamped and cast into the door of the lamp (see pictures, it reads:- 'G.E.C. Made in England') the firm produced countless lightfixtures all over the ship and is heavily mentioned within the 1936 shipbuilder (see pictures) listing thier work on this room. Originally these lamps were orientated the otherway up, lights hanging from the roof, I have fitted it the oppisite way, this could be swapped around for personal taste, the body of the lamp is held within the new case by two easily removable screws.
These lamps were originally installed in the rooms pillasters and built into the rooms fine wood paneling.
To re use this lamp I had a skilled craftsman create a maple burr case for the original fitting to sit within, the fixture is totally original to 1936, as built. It remained in place throughout her service life from 1936 until 1967, (see pictures insitu, c-1936).
Even the bulbs are original to the ship, osram lamps, which were the ships standard lightbulbs, one of these still amazingly works!
I have sympathetically restored this light fixture, but I have stopped short of re-wiring, the picture of the lamp lit are to give you a rough idea what it will look like once completed. I have left this for two reasons, if it sell outside the UK it will need a U.S. Sytem fitted, if its for the U.K. You may want re use the original ceramic fitting or use new, but I have left this for the ultimate buyer. Currently as it sits its ready to go and is internally 100% authentic. One screw top was missing which I had recreated.
Please check my other light fixtures from the ship, a rare opporutinity.
14" x 10" x 10".
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