We love this lamp. The scale of it with all the muscular details give the design a beautiful balanced look. All the brass and articulated fittings are extremely well-made and still retain the original patina. Each arm can swing side to side 180 degrees. The inverted milk glass shades are heavy and have a 13.5 inch diameter. It has such a simple and elegant look. The proportions are perfect over a kitchen island… $3200
Now on display at the Early Electrics Gallery, 115 North Water Street, Peekskill NY 10566, 914-257-1664


For weeks we have gotten emails as well as walk-ins to our showroom. Everyone asks if the large head on display outside our building was the one found in the Hudson River a few years ago. It’s NOT the same head… but I must admit there is a family resemblance. We did a bit of research and thought it would be interesting to reprint this story.

“Marist College team finds giant fiberglass-covered head in Hudson River.
This was a bizarre discovery, even for the Hudson River. The crew team from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., came across a large fiberglass-covered head in the Hudson’s chilly waters on Monday. Crew coach Matt Lavin approached it with caution before his team carefully towed the mysterious head to shore. “They pulled it in and it’s some kind of Styrofoam core with a fiberglass shell over it,” Marist director of public affairs Greg Cannon told ABC News… “Enough of the foam was exposed that it got water logged. It had gotten pretty heavy. Members of the team helped drag it up onto the dock.” No one knows where the head came from.”

This is the head in front of our showroom. It’s about twice the size of the example found in the Hudson.


CLICK HERE to see The SciFri interview and collection tour.

“Things of Beauty: Scientific Instruments of Yore…
For more than 30 years, Steve Erenberg has collected early scientific and medical objects and instruments. Packed with shelves and displays brimming with Victorian medical masks, surreal anatomical models, and futuristic test prostheses, Erenberg’s store/museum in Peekskill, New York offers a whirlwind tour of long-forgotten devices. While some items were shams devised by quacks, others represent the best possible treatment for their time. Regardless of its actual function, each item in Erenberg’s collection has a unique aesthetic value.”

On January first NPR aired an interview on Science Friday. At the same time there was a beautifully produced video by Luke Groskin that was shot on location and featured on their web page.

Our showroom/museum doors are open Monday through Saturday, 9 to 4
115 North Water Street, Peekskill NY 10566, 914-257-1664
Stop in… or simply check out the video.


Here is another sample of the rare lamps we have been able to acquire from an important Italian collection. We may never have the opportunity to offer so many lamps of this quality again. See this and other Italian Mid-Century Lamps from our most recent buying trip. All are now on display at…
Early Electrics
115 North Water Street
Peekskill NY 10566

If you collect Mid-Century then you already know how rare these lamps are. We just brought the two 1950s floor lamps back from our recent trip to Europe where we were able to acquire both lamps from an important collection. They are modern masterpieces and Angelo Lelli’s most ambitious designs. They were created for the celebrated Italian lamp manufacturer Arredoluce.

LEFT: This lamp features one of his iconic signature details… a pivoting and gimbaled brass eyeball. In addition it’s surrounded by orbiting rings… the look is very Space Age and influenced by celestial scientific instruments.

RIGHT: This example combines two of his most important lamp designs. The sleek conical floor lamp and the curved reflector from his sought after hanging lamp… a combination we have never seen. Its finished in a flat white and brass with a marble base. It was newly rewired.

We call these Angelo designs rare… but its beyond that. There is no record of either one ever coming to market and may even be a design prototypes… $8500 each
See this and our most recent collection of rare Italian Mid-Century Lamps now on display at…
Early Electrics
115 North Water Street
Peekskill NY 10566

With contributions from 57 local and international artists, Peekskill Project 6 has filled the city’s waterfront with public art. Organized by the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art with its works selected by a committee of nine artists and curators, the exhibit continues through Dec. 31. Launched in 2004, the exhibit is designed to bring contemporary art out of the museum and into the community, specifically into spaces not normally used to present art, using the city as a stage. This is all happening right at the Early Electrics and Radio Guy showrooms front door at 115 North Water Street, Peekskill NY 10566 – To check our hours call 914-257-1664

We recently had the good fortune to find this monumental 11 foot wide, 8 foot tall carved head among the weeds in a Westchester, New York estate. A bit of research reveled that this was originally a prop from the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia. It was used in Tom Stoppard’s “Invention Of Love”. If the face feels a bit familiar… it’s a large scale copy of Michelangelo’s “David”. It is now on view outside The Radio Guy and Early Electrics showroom. If you’re strolling in our towns Historic Peekskill Landing Park, sailing up the Hudson River or commuting on the Metro North Railroad it can’t be missed. Its soon to become one of Peekskill’s newest landmarks.

This is the largest and most impressive early mirrored lamp we have ever seen. We found this rare example in Canada where it was originally used to light a playhouse lobby. It has 125 individual mirrors in 3 rows, 16 bulbs on 2 rows and the original gas jet ring. The shade is signed Wheeler on a brass plaque.
Now on display at our new Early Electrics Showroom, 115 North Water Street, Peekskill NY 10567


We were told that this one-of-a-kind hand made lamp originally came from the NY Worlds Fair. There were no markings and it’s unsigned so we can’t be sure of its origin. The quality and precision of the machining is beyond what would be found on a lamp. We would guess that it was a 6 lens projector that displayed images or patterns on the floor or ceiling. When we rewired the fixture we took out a 500W projector bulb and replaced the socket for a standard bulb. Each tube has a glass lens and an external frame that holds an angled mirror. This makes on of the most unique mid-century modern lamps we have ever seen. It has a real space age look to it. I wonder if someone important created this… $4200

We have one of the largest and most diverse collections of medical lighting out there. If you’re looking for a large operating room lamp to light a conference room or rent as a movie prop you’ll find it here. You may be hunting for a small and unique light for reading… That’s in stock as well. Our newest addition is pictured above. It’s what seasoned collectors consider the Holy Grail of medical lighting. The turn-of-the-century Dentiscope by Pittsburg Electric Speciaties Co of Pittsburg, PA is simple, elegant and very rare. It was one of the first electrified examples to replace the gas lamp for medical use. This beautiful all original example is mounted on the longer double jointed articulated swing arm wall bracket. The lamp itself it totally unique. It has a center mounted milk glass globe that glows. In addition there is a lensed focusing spot light that has an iris similar to those found in early cameras. This Dentiscope would be an amazing addition to any antique dental equipment collection, or as an interesting bedside lamp. The patina is untouched and original as well. All we did was replace the bulb and rewire it with period twisted fabric covered cord. What a conversation piece… $1600

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