Norman Bel Geddes - "Cobra" desk lamp 1930s
USA (Ref # 2339)
MYSTERY SOLVED! - Not a "Cobra"
but "The Eye-Saver"
For a long time this lamp was known as the so-called
"Cobra" among dealers and collectors alike, causing at
times fears debates about it's name, designer and period. Often
falsely attributed to Norman Bel Geddes.
With the discovery of an original Faries lamp catalogue
from 1952 the mystery has been solved and facts confirmed. This
lamp was designed by JEAN OTIS REINECKE in 1946 and produced by
Faries Manufacturing Co. in Decatur, IL USA. Design Patent: 146,987.
In an original Faries catalogue from 1952, this lamp
is listed under no. 60243 and is simply called: "The Eye-Saver".
Attribution to Norman Bel Geddes is false!
Original flyer distributed with Faries catalogue
No. 47 (1947) introducing "The Eye-Saver".
A very rare American Streamline /
Machine Age "Cobra" desk lamp designed by Norman Bel Geddes
one of the greatest industrial designers of 20 century. Very good working
condition. Made of patinated brass, under the lamp shade original manufacturer's
sticker: "Faries Manufacturing Company Decatur, Illinois".
Measurements: h 33 cm (13'') lamp
shade diameter 27 cm (10,2'').
Style: American Streamline / Art Deco