- Accepts Etsy gift cards
Munitions factory Lights By Benjamin Circa 1940s
Product code #OA621
- Worldwide shipping
- All prices inc VAT
- Price is per light (3 available)
- Vitreous green enamel
- White enamel inner reflectors
- Cast aluminium tops with de bossed makers mark
- Takes E27 fitting bulbs
- Comes with 100cm of red braided cable
- Comes with 100cm of steel suspension chain and ceiling hook
- Salvaged from a WW2 munitions factory in Darlington in the north east od England
- English, Circa 1940s
- 48cm wide x 36cm tall
The Benjamin Electric Manufacturing Company was founded Reuben Benjamin in Chicago, Illinois, filing its first patent in 1898. The company opened a base in England, as the Benjamin Electric Ltd, in 1908, in Rosebury Avenue, Islington. Bearing in mind that Thomas Alva Edison had only demonstrated the first working lightbulb 29 years previously, it’s fair to suggest that they were at the vanguard of industrial lighting. Benjamin Electric decamped from London, N1, a decade later, when demand outgrew their facilities, to, of all places, London N17: Tottenham, at Brantwood Road, not a vast leap from White Hart Lane.
During the Second World War, despite the factory being bombed, they produced lighting for planes and airstrips. The Brantwood Plant was afterwards rebuilt and expanded, to encompass state-of-the-art laboratory, engineering, administrative and design offices, assembly plant, canteen and social club. By 1960 the company employed 600 people.
Fully re wired with modern electrical components, the shades will show sign of cosmetic wear in the form of chips to the enamel and small rust spots.
As with all of our products this product is an original piece and has lived a life before it arrived at Otto's HQ. It has been sympathetically restored by the Otto's team to ensure it has a life for many more years to come. All of our products will show signs of patina and cosmetic wear, this we believe is what gives our products their unique charm. If you have any further questions regarding the condition of this product or any others please don't hesitate to contact us and we'll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
We offer a 14 day returns policy, buyer pays return postage. Item must be returned with a reputable courier and must arrive back in the condition it was sent out. No international returns under any circumstances.
Orders will normally be shipped out within 3 working days, all UK orders are next day shipping. Larger orders may be delivered by private courier or pallet service, so please allow a longer delivery and dispatch time.
For larger orders or items shipped by pallet service, it is imperative that you provide a mobile telephone number before your order can be dispatched. Once your order is ready for dispatch we will provide you with a day/date of delivery, which will be between the hours of 9:00am – 6:00pm. It is absolutely essential that you are at the address to take delivery and are reachable on the mobile number you provide. Failure to do so will result in a re-delivery charge by the pallet company of which we have no control over.
All our orders are extremely well packed and time and care is taken to ensure that your order arrives safely with you. In the unfortunate case you order is damaged we can open a claim with the courier and get the item either refunded or repaired (UK orders only). We cannot however refund any breakages to fragile items such as glass as insurance cannot be provided from the courier.
Just contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back to me within: 30 days of delivery
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
We offer a 14 day returns policy (UK only), buyer pays return postage. Item must be returned with a reputable courier and must arrive back in the condition it was sent out. No international returns.
We cannot be held responsible for any shipping delays in regards to customs clearance or if an incomplete address was provided.