Commemorative Globe Lamp
Portraits of Wiley Post & Will Rogers, c. 1935
Wiley Lamp
Wiley Lamp
Wiley Lamp
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Wiley Lamp

Wiley Post and Will Rogers Commemorative Terrestrial Globe Lamp
Gibraltar Electric Clock Company,
Jersey City, New Jersey: c. 1935
Gold-painted white metal
10 inches high (fixture excluding socket)
$600

A raised relief figural globe lamp, depicting a two-seater monoplane with rotary engine on a six-inch terrestrial globe and portraits of humorist Will Rogers (left) and aviator Wiley Post with his characteristic eye patch (right). The airplane is identified on the wings as “W.P. X-12-0.” The globe has incised longitude and latitude lines, raised continents and wreath decoration. The octagonal base bears a stylized banner inscribed “Will Rogers Wiley Post.” This item is wired and fitted as an electric lamp, as manufactured.

This lamp was issued as a memorial to aviation pioneer Wiley Post (1898-1935) and humorist Will Rogers (1879-1935). Post was the first man to complete a successful solo flight (non-continuous) around the world between July 15 and 22, 1933, in his single engine Lockheed Vega. His aerial achievements demonstrated that air travel could be both a test of endurance and evidence of twentieth-century technological progress. Rogers was the writer and story- teller best known for saying “I never met a man I didn’t like.” Post and Rogers died tragically in 1935 in an airplane crash near Point Barrow, Alaska.

The Gibraltar Electric Clock Company produced clock cases and lamp bases from the late 19th to mid 20th centuries.

Condition: Generally very good with usual light overall toning. Some wear to paint especially at high points. Minor scattered abrasions, scratches, dings. Wired for American electricity. Wiring sold as is: purchaser should have wiring tested or redone by a certified electrical technician. Seller disclaims all liability in connection with the use of the electrical components of this item.

Reference:

Erardi, Glenn. “The Collector.” The Spokesman Review. 2005. http://www.spokesmanreview.com/home/treasures/story.asp?ID=74977 (5 August 2005).