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 four separate pieces of pale gold- coloured wood i.e. the platform, and three separate segments comprising the body. The body is cylindrical with a series of five wide grooves encircling the body at regular intervals from approximately halfway up its length to near the top. The platform is shaped like a circular disc. The pillar-like body is topped by a cotton reel shaped form. A brass, screw-top tube projects from the centre of this cotton reel shaped form and heads a circular hollow that pene- trates down through the centre of the body and exits via the centre of the plat- form bottom. A subsiduary channel exits via the side of the platform, the channels serving as receptacles for electric cords. 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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