When originally purchased, this classic 1940’s Mole Richardson 10 inch type 410, Fresnel-lensed movie lamp was painted light blue and had “AVRO” written across the bottom of its casing. The seller said that it would be interesting if the light was from the company that designed and built the famous Avro Arrow fighter jet from the 50’s. I didn’t take it seriously until, when stripping the paint off the unit’s collapsible stand, I came across an oval metal tag with the name “A.V. Roe” stamped on it. I Googled the name and be darned if it is not the company that DID build that airplane. I scoured the internet Avro archives but could not source a photo containing a similar lamp - but none-the-less, that is its origin. The fixture was disassembled, stripped, repaired, reassembled, polished and converted to operate with a standard household bulb. It is a rare variation of this size of lamp with many brass and aluminum elements and fittings including the original heavy duty on/off switch. The stand expands to a height of more than 10 feet, the unit has an extra long cord and the beam can be adjusted from flood to spot with the twist of a knob. It is ready to plug in and shine and would be the focal point of any residential or commercial venue. Many similar units on 1stDibs and Etsy are going for $1500 to $2800+ without the provenance so a very good buy at this price. Beautiful patina - quite large and extremely handsome.
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