SHIP’S MESSENGER LAMP – KAISERLICHE MARINE.
This is a consignment item. Here is one of the more interesting items for you naval enthusiasts, a messenger lamp from aboard a Kaiserliche Marine ship. Officially christened a Petroleum Schiffslampe (Petroleum Ship’s Lamp), Kaiserliche Marine, Messing mit Glas (Brass with Glass), it dates from approximately 1900. It is made of a combination of brass and glass. The handle at its top swings up and down, allowing it to be carried by hand. The lamp’s body is constructed of the highest-quality brass, as was required aboard a navy ship (brass being preferred, since it resists rusting). With the handle extended the lamp stands an impressive 22” (55.88 cm) tall. The circumference at the widest point measures 21 ” (53.34 cm). A vertical bracket/handle at its side, which measures 12”tall (30.48 cm), allowed the lamp to be attached to a bulkhead in a fixed position via a rivet or other metal attachment. The lamp weighs approximately 5 lbs. and 8 ounces, overall. [NOTE: I have seen only one similar lamp, but it was considerably smaller, standing 30 cm tall instead of this lamp’s impressive 55.88 cm].
As previously mentioned, the lamp used a petroleum-based fuel. Several mesh areas built into the brass allowed the heat and gas to escape. A brass cage encases a clear white glass section from which the gas flame’s light was emitted. As a matter of fact, it comes with a second glass section in case its original glass cover is shattered.
How do we know that this item was actually from a Kaiserliche Marine vessel? We return to the previously mentioned long vertical bracket/handle attached to its side. The three engraved lines that appear on the handle’s interior side (listed below) attest to that fact.
Line 1: “M” beneath a Kaiser Crown, the symbol for Kaiserliche Marine.
Line 2: An “AW” or “AN” followed by a “W.”
Line 3: The numeral “12.”
These engravings are quite clear, as you will note from the photographs that accompany this description. This is a most impressive display item. [Due to its size and weight, extra shipping charges will be necessary].