Saturday, 25 June 2011

By Lamp Light

Last week we bought a 'Francis' lamp on Ebay.  Joe has dismantled the lamp and inside is a plaque that is stamped, Simpson Lawrence Glasgow.  The lamp is type M1547 and the serial number S67/2396.  From a trawl through the Web it seems that 'Francis' were bought out by Simpson Lawrence and now Simpson Lawrence manufacturers of ship gear, deck fittings, winches and the like, has stopped trading.  I have found a company that deals in Simpson Lawrence spares and is aptly named, SLS, and have emailed for any information they might have. Does anyone know anything about these lamps?

The lamp as we bought it

 And with the application of the above (buy shares we are going to be buying a lot of this) and elbow grease we now have something that is beginning to look quite respectable, below.


Anonymous said...

I dont think you have a Francis searchlight. It is probably the Simpson Lawrence. Francis are still in business see the factory still makes lamps and they can tell you the origins of almost all the lamps they have made.I have visited the factory for parts and they were very helpful the contact is a Marc Thurston based in Union Road Bolton. They may not have the original parts but can advise on more modern lamp fittings and bulbs that dont detract from the overall look of the lamp.

kind regards
nb Wicked-Game

Dave Winter said...

You might get more info here:-

Amanda said...

Power to your elbow!

Nb Caxton said...

Thanks Malcolm.
It is a Simpson Lawrence lamp and is complete and working though Joe says he may get the reflector re-silvered.
It may be worth us contacted Francis about bulbs..
take care

Nb Caxton said...

Thanks Dave. Good idea, I will email them.

Nb Caxton said...

Or Joe's Amanda, or Joe's...