Wooden lamp base, made by Adolph Bruhn & Son, South Melbourne, circa 1970-1990.

The woodturning business of Adolph Bruhn & Son operated in South Melbourne, 1970-1990, and previously in Little Collins Street, Melbourne, circa 1897-1970. The business made a wide range of wooden products, including tables and architectural mouldings, and undertook specialist turning tasks. Part of a collection of nearly 900 items, including a lathe, cutting tools, hand tools, products, workshop fittings, office equipment, portraits, and an accounts ledger.

Physical Description

Lamp base made from gold-coloured wood with very pronounced circular grain. Body is shaped like a baseball bat set upon a circular, rounded platform. These are two separate pieces of wood that have been glued together. A disc-shaped form rests above the body and has a hollow vertical channel bored into its centre for the electrical cord to enter and pass through body of lamp. Cord exits body via a smaller circular channel set into the side of the base of the body. A smaller circular channel is also present in the centre of the plat- form's underside. Found in Area A of workshop. Displayed on high shelves in area that may have functioned as display area/shop window.

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