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Don’t you think that a bird’s eye view of table lamps looks rather like wall lights? 

It was fun to take this photo and look at them from a completely different angle but it then got me thinking that back in the Arts and Crafts period it was fairly commonplace to design a lamp that was dual-purpose and could be either placed on a desk or fixed to the wall.  Versatility in design can be seen in this Jesson Birkett and Co. table lamp which dates back to the Arts and Crafts period.  Take a look at the photo to admire the simplistic and bold design featuring the best metalworking skills from the gracefully arched stem to the hammer finished and riveted shade.  This antique lamp looks  stunning as a table lamp but by simply adjusting the shade by 90 degrees it can be fitted to the wall. 

If you love Arts and Crafts lighting you can take a closer look at this lamp HERE in our online shop.  We actually have a near pair of this style with a second lamp having a slightly different finish to the brass.  It was also missing a shade but Martin has hand made a shade and its virtually impossible to tell them apart.

We also have a similar dual purpose table lamp by WAS Benson – see listing HERE.  Both these lamps date back to the Arts and Crafts movement but are very different in style.  However, despite design differences what they have in common is simplicity, craftsmanship and classic design.

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