The Blitz lamp is made from a cast iron practice bomb, manufactured for dive bombers during World War 2. The shells are stripped of paint and rust, exposing their gritty sand-cast texture. Each is burnished to a gunmetal shine, and sealed to protect against rust.
7′ cloth-wrapped cord with vintage-style plug, cloth shade included. Approximately 10.25″ high (14″ with shade), 2.25″ in diameter, and 3.6 lbs. Shade is 7″ high, 7″ base diameter.
The MK23 Practice Bomb was used by US Navy dive bombers during WWII. The central shaft held a flare, so the pilots’ accuracy could be judged from the air. Dive-bombing was extremely dangerous; bombers had to fly nearly straight down out of the sky to hit their targets. Improvements in guided missile technology and anti-aircraft systems made dive bombers obsolete shortly after the war.