Antique Fire Extinguisher Lamps Light Your Home Beautifully

by Digby_Adams

Here's a great selection of gorgeous lamps made from antique fire extinguishers. Perfect for a fire fighter gift. Perfect for a unique home lighting solution.

Unique and interesting home decor lets you express your passions and interests. If you love repurposing antique items and giving them new life, then a stunning lamp with an antique fire extinguisher base will thrill you. If you're a fire fighter then you'll be proud include this antique tool that many firemen relied on in the early 20th Century, in your home decor. One look at an antique fire extinguisher lamp and you'll see how it can fit into the most lavish home decor. It's a home lighting accessory that will really make people look twice.

Antique Fyr Fyter Extinguisher Lamp
Antique Fyr Fyter Extinguisher Lamp

Antique Fire Extinguisher Lamps

Antique fire extinguishers were not boring red canisters with a label pasted on. They were indeed made of brass, with logos and instructions stamped into the brass. These designs have withstood the test of time and create beautiful patterns and designs.

A basic antique fire extinguisher stands about 28 inches tall so that you'll have a good sized and substantial lamp. Many of them are brass, so you can expect to do some polishing as the years go by. But the glow of a brass lamp base, when the lamp is turned on, will create a beautiful effect.

Some of the major fire extinguisher companies that you can expect to see on ebay or at auction include Badgers, Empire, Fyr Fyter, Torpedo, Pyrene, FloaFome, and Miller Peerless. Most of the fire extinguishers made during the late 1800's and early 20th Century were soda acid fire extinguishers. There was a cylinder filled with the soda solution and a glass bottle filled with acid. In order to operate the fire extinguisher you had to turn it upside down. At that point the bottle would empty the acid into the soda solution. (Remember your volcano experiment of vinegar and baking soda. Well it's sort of the same thing. A similar type of chemical reaction would take place and force the soda mixture onto the fire. Even as early as 1900, public buildings and apartment buildings were required to have fire extinguishers in the hallways.

Antique Brass Fire Extinguisher Lamp

Distinguished Home Lighting
Pyrene Antique Fire Extinguisher
Pyrene Antique Fire Extinguisher
What to Look for When You Buy an Antique Fire Extinguisher Lamp

When you're buying any antique lamp you should make sure that it works. Sometimes a rare lamp will sell in a not working condition. Then you should note the condition of the antique fire extinguisher. Because many of them are over 100 years old and were used fighting fires or at best stored in public places, you shouldn't be surprised at some dings and dents. If you're buying the fire extinguisher lamp online, examine the photographs carefully. Certainly email the seller with any questions about the condition. Take special note of the brass name plate and how it's secured onto the fire extinguisher. Check out the seams and see if ithey're held together with soldered rivets. Are they all there? Is there a hose and what condition is it in?

Antique Brass Fire Extinguisher Lamps

Sophisticated Lighting Accents
Updated: 07/10/2014, Digby_Adams
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Mira on 11/10/2012

Quite the idea. I love recycling things for new purposes. :)

Sheri_Oz on 10/21/2012

This is a creative idea. I like it. Shows it pays not to throw anything away.

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