The Morse Code Signal Lamp may not draw as much interest for its functional value, but as a beautiful reproduction of the maritime signal lamp invented by the British Royal Navy in 1897, this stunning
We should probably clarify what Morse code is for younger folks that may not be familiar. Morse code, invented by Samuel Morse, is a communication method of transmitting textual information as a series of on and off tones whether it is via clicks or flashing lights. It was particularly useful during World War 1 and was still widely used as a signalling protocol during World War 2.
The original Morse Code Signal Lamp employed a very bright carbon arc lamp as a light source. This faithful reproduction contains a standard 100-watt light bulb which is much more practical today. The 13.5 inch diameter lamp is set on a polished aluminum tripod stand with seven louvers covering it that open and shut. These louvers are controlled by a brass metal handle which enables the user to communicate the Morse code as flashes of light.
Since more advanced communication technologies have improved since the First World War, the Morse code signal lamp may seem like an antiquated form of communication. As a source of light in your home, the louvers can be adjusted to emit a solid beam of filtered light to create some interesting illumination effects.
For people interested in history and the First and Second World War the Morse Code Signal Lamp would make great addition to your collection of historical war gadgets.