This slim antique copper carriage warmer, made by Instra Warmers, London, around 1900, makes a charming unique lamp. It retains many original features including: a brass carrying handle, 2 brass filling caps with makers details: Strand on the Green, Chiswick, London and engraved makers logo and slogan "Warmth is Life" on the front.
Originally, warmers were used in carriages and open top cars to keep the occupant's feet warm. By placing hot water inside the warmer, the heat would offer a degree of comfort.
The antique does show signs of use commensurate with its age and purpose including: some dents on the sides and some scratches, however, we think that this character does not detract from its overall appeal and therefore it was worthy to be transformed into a great lamp.
It has been professionally polished to celebrate the wonderful copper and been transformed with solid brass fittings including: a stepped stem, a E27 screw lamp/bulb holder with shade rings and around 2 meters of twisted retro-style, mid-brown fabric cable, an inline switch and a black plug. The warmer has been mounted on a specially made, French polished oak base.
The lamp works great with just a feature LED ( a 125mm globe LED is shown here) or with a shade - we've dressed it with one of our Tulip Mania: salmon 30cm drums. Please note that the price is for the lamp only.
Dimensions height 32cm x width 19cm x depth 10cm
Below are a mismatched pair of antique copper foot warmer lamps that we think look great together.
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