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The owners of this wonderful restored grain mill wanted to do something special. The new space was wide open and needed a big statement piece. They went to EarlyElectrics.com to look for ideas and found this amazing Operay Multi-Beam. It was the first thing to move in.
These floating dental sets are almost impossible to find and is one of my favorite items. It was the table and spot light a Dentist would pull out just over the patient. He could then have all his tools at hand during a procedure. Mixing old and new technology… I use a similar example as a computer laptop table in my office. The folding and adjustable arm is a complex arrangement and is an interesting example of early technology. This decorative arm is very unique and matches the lamp. Most are painted iron… but this one is solid brass and polished. The bracket swings side to side, moves up and down with a clever locking mechanism and also slides forward and back. The table is one of the nicer examples with fancy burl veneers and brass pulls. There are small draws and compartments on 2 sides. The swiveling table is 13.5″x13.5″. With the arm open it reaches approximately 47″ from the wall. The top has the original maroon felt. The polished brass and original finish golden burl veneers give this historic table a rich look. The lamp has a number of adjustments and the spot can be focused as well. If you collect early industrial and medical furniture… then you already know just how special this set is… $5200
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 beautifull all original example is mounted on the longer double jointed articulated swing arm wall bracket. The lamp itself is 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… $1400
This has to be one of the most beautiful medical lamps I have offered. The patina is wonderful and shows well. The heavy duty aluminum articulated arm still has it’s original dark wood-grain finish with nickel plated highlights. It extends from the wall an impressive 74″. The arm is unique but combined with this lamp it is truly something special. There are 60 mirrors inside the 17″ diameter shade. In addition there is a very thick glass donut that surrounds the light bulb. The quality of light produced by this combination gives the light a pleasing and warm glow. The lamp itself can turn and swivel in almost any direction… $4200
The Operay Multibeam operating room light is an amazing find. In a loft space or office there is no other lighting or furniture that makes a bigger statement. Only we would be crazy enough to have 2 different examples in stock. The cast iron explosion proof model is mounted to a heavy floor stand including table and reading lamp… $9600. The second is the simpler aluminum bodied model… $4200
Nothing is better made or as edgy as medical lighting. They range from decorative Victorian to futuristic. What once was the focal point of an operating room is now a bold statement over a conference or dining room table. The early-electrified examples had Japanned finishes (copper washed brass with black stripes) with milk or emerald glass shades. This style will fit comfortably in most residential settings. Then there’s the bright metal of the 1930’s to 1950’s…. it’s look is sanitary and sleek. Designs of that period could be found in aluminum, stainless and chrome and are a natural with “20th century modern” furnishings.
The lamp pictured above is of my newest find and is one of the more unique medical lights. Originally it was designed to house and protect a Dentist’s wall mounted X-Ray tube. It no longer contains any X-Ray equipment and has been rewired with 2- 60 watt bulbs. The brass tubes protruding from the ¼” thick glass ball slide in and out and act as a dimmer shade. An interesting note about glass X-Ray shields… The glass used always starts out as clear. Only after years of use does it development the yellow color. Prolonged use eventually turns the glass a beautiful lavender…. SOLD
Why is it that every other request I get is for a scissor lamp? The word must be out and spreading. I’ve always considered this style the quintessential industrial light. They’re simple, unpretentious and very useful. Most are wall mounted but desk and floor models can be found. Examples range from the rough and edgy gas station trouble cages to an elegant and highly detailed brass jeweler’s light… The variety seems endless! Prices range from $450 to $1400.