Machine-Age Streamline Eye-Saver Lamp by Faries Mfg. Co., C1947

Item # R2908


Item # R2908

An icon of Machine Age Streamline design, the Eye Saver Lamp is justifiably one of the immediate postwar masterpieces of industrial design. Often referred to as the “Cobra Lamp” and frequently misattributed to Norman Bel Geddes, the Eye-Saver design was patented in 1947 by the prolific Jean Otis Reinecke of Oak Park, Illinois (D146,987) and assigned to W.A. Scheaffer Pen Company, of Fort Madison, Iowa. Faries Manufacturing Company produced this lamp for Scheaffer, with and without the distinctive articulated pen holder.

Our example includes the close-fitting bulb shade, which is sometimes missing from these lamps. The finish on this lamp is as-is – a richly mottled copper patina that gives it a unique look and feel not so “machine-age perfect” as when new. The original 1951 Faries catalog page is drawn from our extensive archive and states that this lamps “harmonizes with other ultra-modern appointments in office and home.”

  • Historical Style: Streamline
  • Notes: Note condition of finish

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