Tassel Antique Roller Lamp converted from a vintage wallpaper printing roller, with felt and brass inset detail. As an original antique, this is a one-off as there is no other with the same design in the world.
Originally made from sycamore or possibly maple wood, we have bonded / fixed the roller into a simple turned wooden base, left in its natural state with a sanded only finish (not varnished) and added a similar wooden top for the lamp fitting (brass with a chrome finish) with B.C. switching bulb holder. We have used a stylish off white twisted cable (approx 1.75 metres) with a white plug.
The original drive method has been left visible under the top wooden fiting, which shows the screws holding the tapered bore collar and keyway for driving the rollers on the machine from its mounting shaft, as is still used to this day.
This beautiful artefact has a design number, 4141, that would have printed one colour onto the wallpaper. The outline of the other roller designs in the set are visible on this roller. We believe it is probably American / British (shared design / manufacture) in origin and thought to be between 70-110 years old.
Tassel Antique Roller Lamp
A lamp converted from one of our original vintage wallpaper printing rollers.
Approximate height from the bottom of the base to the top of the wooden top is 68cm and 74cm from the bottom of the base to the top of the light fitting. The weight is approximately 10.8kg.
Condition of the roller is as expected for wood of its age including cracks and decay, and detail may be missing from the roller.
We haven't tried to disguise any imperfections as we believe they are part of the art history and adds to the character.
The roller was discovered in a barn in England after having been brought to the UK from the USA in the 1970s (we believe from a mill in Chicago).