A very rare heavy industrial railway 'banner' lamp likely dating to the second half of the 20th century. Built by Westinghouse but using the original markings of the inventor W R Sykes of Clapham, London.
The black 'banner' or bar within the lamp can be electrically moved from horizontal to 45 degrees or to vertical to tell train drivers to either STOP, proceed with caution or 'LINE CLEAR'.
Sykes lamps were so reliable and effective that their use spanned almost 100 years, during which time the general design remained virtually unaltered. In 1954 Sykes became part of Westinghouse Signals who continued to sell the signals with the Sykes name until the 1980s.
A formidable and very heavy battleship grey signal lamp that is a must for the avid collector or enthusiast. Ideal for conversion or repurposing into a feature light installation with a nautical, railway or industrial theme.
We currently have two of these lamps. The lamps are sold as untested.IMPORTANT - All lighting must be tested and installed by a suitably qualified electrician prior to use.