Curiosity Oddity Red Abalone Shell Lamp From The San Francisco Exhibition 1939
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Curiosity Oddity Red Abalone Shell Lamp From The San Francisco Exhibition 1939:
I hope the pictures do justice to this incredible creation! Some time prior to the Golden Gate San Francisco Exposition in 1939, these red abalone shells were made into a lamp and sold as a commemorative item at the fair. There is an old sticker on the bottom shell that indicates that this was from the Golden Gate International Exposition in 1939. These are very large shells measuring over 8 1/2 inches across and over 6 inches high. As a lamp, it stands about 9" high and 10 1/2" wide appx.The artisan who created the lamp laid one half shell face down and positioned a second half shell on top to the side of the respiratory holes. It looks like the bottom shell had it's dense red covering filed down on one half to reveal the opalescent abalone underneath. The artisan of the lamp also drilled some holes at the bottom edge of the top shell to accommodate the electrical wiring. The socket is for a small lightbulb. A pretty upright clam shell faces the lightbulb. I'm sure when light, all this beautiful abalone shimmers against the light. The lamp will need to be re-wired. Part of the original wires, hardware and socket are still intact. What is really spectacular is the natural surface buildup on the outer shell. It is genuinely a red color. I'm not sure how many years it takes for an abalone shell to fully mature to this size and color. We are looking at an example of early 20th century marine life of the Pacific Ocean. USPS Parcel Post with Tracking ConfirmationTERMS OF SALE: PayPal only. I accept returns within 14 days of buyer receiving the item. Buyer must return the item and pay for return postage. Thank you for shopping!
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