This vintage unpolished aluminum nautical signal lamp mount measures 23 inches tall with the base measuring 9 inches. The housing is 14 1/2 inches in diameter and has a 13 1/2 inch lens and is 26 inches long. The housing is aluminum while the stand is cast iron. It weights just under 90 pounds.
Signal lamps were invented int he late 19th century by Arthur Cyril Webb Aldis. The are often referred to as Aldis lamps or Morse lamps. These lights were mounted to the mastheads of ships or on pedestals. a signal lamp is visual signaling device for communicating from a distance using light to carry information typically Morse code. These can be used during both day and night, they have even been used to illuminate bases of clouds for communication beyond the horizon.
To operate the signaling apparatus, lift the signaling handle, located on each side of the lamp, up from the locked position, and turn it away from the light body. This opens the metal levers behind the lens.
This light has not been rewired or tested for safe operation.
Big Ship Salvage scours the world for nautical antique lights, décor and other items related to the Nautical Life. Brass, copper, stainless steel and sometimes aluminum materials are used to make-up the vintage lights that we find. We soda-blast the old paint off, remove the old wiring and polish before they arrive in our warehouse. Then, we rewire with UL listed bulb sockets and wiring harnesses and get ready for purchase. They are now ready to warm your home, business or restaurant with that nautical feeling we all desire.
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