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Skinflint Design: Lights with a story (part two)

A couple of weeks ago I was pontificating on the Modenus blog about the virtues of genuine vintage as opposed to new pieces made to look old. My gentle rant focused on the stories behind the pieces and made extensive use of the very wonderful lights found, restored and supplied by our good friends at Skinflint Designs. One of the pieces I used to illustrate the post was Skinflint’s salvaged American military runway light and this morning I was delighted to receive these pictures of the lights in use.

Skinflint vintage lights in their origional setting - army runways and aircraft carriers in the 1950

Skinflint vintage lights in their origional setting - army runways and aircraft carriers in the 1950

And, just in case you didn’t print out last week’s blog post and frame it, here’s what the lights look like after Skinflint’s tender attentions.

Salvaged vintage light from Skinflint Designs

They were, as we can now see, used on army runways and aircraft carriers in the 1950′s, or thereabouts. For those who understand these things, the lights include what Skinflint calls ‘a fantastic two part Fresnel lens and original runway side diffusion element on outer glass prism’. When they come from Skinflint the lights come tested and rewired with two metres of olive green braided cable, new bayonet (B22) lamp holders and a plug. And, of course, a very good story.


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