Lighting the Forts

 

The Overhead Lamp

 

Overhead lamp

The Overhead lamp was used to illuminate the passages of magazines where an overhead lighting passage was provided, such as on the Spithead sea forts at Portsmouth. It was placed in a circular recess in the floor of the lighting passage so that the glass globe hung through into the passage beneath. The example above is missing the burner and glass.

 

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This frame to hold the burner is all that remains of an overhead lamp used on Spitbank Fort

 

 

THE BRITISH ARMY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM 1939-1945
THE BRITISH ARMY IN THE UNITED KINGDOM 1939-1945 IWM (H 12958)

This shows a Victorian Overhead magazine lamp still in use in 1939-45

 

 

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A refubished overhead lamp recently sold by Antiques Atlas

Manufactured by G. Polkey Ltd of Birmingham

 

 

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