From “The Age of Steam,” circa 1920s/1930s, a great memorabilia item from the French railways, ideal for the collection of the railway enthusiast, or a beautiful statement piece in any room.
Butin produced lighting for railways, emergency workers and construction from 1909, under the name Albert Butin Etablissement, in France. This lamp would have originally been used to alert train rivers of signal changes, with different colours.
Antique acetylene, or carbide lamp, in good vintage condition with signs of age, and lovely patina. Constructed in metal, brass and three clear glass panels, with sliding glass panel at the front, for access.
Makers mark on back of the chimney, Etablissement, A. Butin, Paris. Carbide reservoir mounted at the bottom of the lamp, with water tank attached at the rear. Original clip welded to the water reservoir, and loop handle to carry. Reflector and burner situated in the lamp.
Would make a lovely addition to home decor as an historical industrial piece, with character and beauty. It could be converted to run on electricity, making it ideal as a discerning and unique desk lamp.