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2012/17/1 Light globe and related file, 240V, 25W, glass / metal / paper / plastic, made by Philips, Holland, filament replaced by Electric Lamp Repairing Company, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1910-1920. Click to enlarge.

Light globe with repaired filament

Made
This humble light globe is an excellent example of a lost art, the repair of broken filaments. It also represents an old attitude that is coming back into vogue in wealthy countries as people seek to live more sustainably: whenever possible, things should be repaired and re-used rather than discarded. Repair is often preferable to recycling because it minimises loss of embedded energy and skill as well as loss of material.

Not many people bother to repair filament light globes today, because …

Summary

Object No.

2012/17/1

Object Statement

Light globe and related file, 240V, 25W, glass / metal / paper / plastic, made by Philips, Holland, filament replaced by Electric Lamp Repairing Company, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1910-1920

Physical Description

This tungsten filament light globe is made from clear glass, with a bayonet cap base and a vacuum tip at the top. A line can be seen in the glass where the bulb has been cut and then welded in order to replace the filament. The lamp was then re-exhausted via the tip.

The globe is accompanied by a black folder with a clear cover which contains a number of documents relating to the production, sales and sales of this particular globe, as well as additional information and correspondence regarding the Electric Lamp Repairing Company. The documents range from 1917 - 1939.

Marks

Stamped on the glass, 'Repaired by the ELR Co Sydney'

Production

Notes

The light globe was made by Philips in Holland between 1910 and 1920

History

Notes

The light globe was restored by the Electric Lamp Repairing Company in the inner Sydney suburb of Redfern around 1918.

In 1958 or 1959 it was recovered from a Potts Point house by lamp collector Fin Stewart and kept by him until it was offered to the Museum.

Mr Stewart thoroughly researched the story of the repair company, and his research file is part of the acquisition.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 2012

Acquisition Date

24 February 2012

Cite this Object

Harvard

Light globe with repaired filament 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 24 October 2021, <https://ma.as/426800>

Wikipedia

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