Extremely rare and hauntingly beautiful. This early 20th Century Casket lamp was a utilitarian piece of equipment for funeral directors of the day.
Positioned above an open casket, it illuminated the dearly departed for their loved ones to pay their final respects. The portability of this unit meant it went from home to home...
Gently lighting loved faces for the last time. Oh the things this lamp has seen. The lamp most likely dates back to the 1920s timeframe. The adjustable fluted metal lamp arm is about 11 inches straight before it curves to an articulated joint to allow the lamp bulb and shade to be adjusted appropriately.
The Shade is pleated and looks pinkish gray when not lighted. It has elegant ruffles at the top and bottom and along the seams. When the lamp is on...
The shade looks soft red. The bulb is a reddish pink bulb. The shade measures 16L x 10W x 8H (inches). The cord is cloth and is in disrepair. I jury-rigged it to show the lamp lights.The new owner should address this post-haste. A heavy weighted base holds the lamp in place along with a ratcheted metal flat bar. I do not have a casket in my home office so I propped the lamp in an old wooden crate for photos. The case is black, with a heavy duty leather handle, like a Doctor's Medicine Bag. It shows the wear you expect from traveling from home to home, parlor to parlor, nearly a century ago. The case measures 17 x 11 x 10 inches.
It has the original maker's tag on the inside of the cover. There is a wooden post inside the case that supports the shade.
A very interesting lamp, highly unusual and extremely rare. These are few and far between. Please note: Photos are of actual item, however, colors may appear different due to camera lighting and differences in computer screens.
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The item "Rare Antique Vtg Endsley Casket Lamp & Original Case Mortuary Funeral Coffin" is in sale since Sunday, September 8, 2019. This item is in the category "Everything Else\Funeral & Cemetery\Other Funeral & Cemetery". The seller is "gfgumball" and is located in Wausau, Wisconsin.
This item can be shipped to United States.