Nine Mazda BTH three part white enamel lamps.
Opaline glass diffusers.
Probably the finest set of pendant lamps we have had the pleasure to restore. It is unusual to find a near mint run of eight (plus a ninth with minimal damage but no glass diffuser). Less industrial looking in white vitreous enamel than their more common grey and green counterparts, these were salvaged from a school house conversion where they had hung since the 1940's.
Their location in a rural school probably accounts for the stunning condition and lack of damage usually suffered in a harsher factory environment. The glossy white enamel on every lamp is unblemished apart from some very minor discolouration around the ventilation slots and a little wear around the rims of the shades.
We have disassembled them down to the last nut, bolt and screw, meticulously cleaned,carefully polished and sealed the bare metal before re-wiring and assembly. The cast aluminium galleries are threaded into steel stantion rods, safer than exposed cables & chains. The ceiling fixing plate is a ball and socket joint allowing for slight adjustments in angle.
Remarkably all but one of the milk glass inner shades have survived, these are anchored in place with beautifully crafted brass screw clips. Each has a MAZDA BTH MADE IN ENGLAND transfer,the initials for BRITISH THOMPSON-HOUSTON LTD of Aldwych, London WC2 manufacturers of lamps & electrical fittings.
We are sorely tempted to hold onto these for our own use knowing we are unlikely ever to find a better set.
DIMENSIONS: Diam.41cm, approx height 35cm
STOCK: 8 complete,+1 no glass
The image below shows the lamps as described by an electrical catalogue of 1952 as a GLASSTEEL DIFFUSER INDUSTRIAL FITTING.