Vintage Translucent White Onyx Lamp, Burma
Detail: I acquired this in 2001 from an antique dealer in Nebraska. This dealer said he acquired it from a WW II Veteran who brought it back from Burma in the early 1940s. This makes sense since the Americans had reopened the Burma Road in late 1940 and set up China’s only source of munitions and materiel when Japan ruled. Americans brought these supplies to the Burmese port of Rangoon and then transferred them to railroad cars and then – later – to trucks. So, yes, it is very possible that this lamp was from Burma and was manufactured in the 1930s. This is really a unique onyx lamp that is wired for Burmese use. It can easily be converted to European or U.S. standards. I have left everything . . . the plug, wiring and even one bulb for the bayonet sockets. I like the texture of the off-white onyx and the occasional spot of brown. A fun lamp, for sure.