Letter 'F' decorative neon light bulb

Made:
1930-1955 in United Kingdom
'Osglim'-type decorative neon light bulb..Photographed 3/4 view on a white background.

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'Osglim'-type decorative neon light bulb..Photographed 3/4 view on a white background.
Science Museum Group Collection
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'Osglim'-type decorative neon light bulb. Bayonet cap lightbulb with pip. Letter 'F' filament.

Part of the Bob Gray collection of electrical objects.

This 'Osglim'-type light bulb contains a neon filament in the shape of the letter 'F'. Light bulbs like this are quite rare. They were typically used in advertising signs, for special events such as parties or for marketing. They were used in sets in order to make up words. The donor of this item recalled that in his youth as an electrical contractor these items were so expensive that they were kept in a locked cabinet and only the boss had a key. The pip on the end of the bulb is not normally seen after the mid-twentieth century but these bulbs were made in such small quantities that older techniques were used to evacuate air from the glass envelope.

Details

Category:
Lighting
Object Number:
Y2012.15.54
Materials:
glass and metal (unknown)
Measurements:
115 mm x 50 mm, 50 mm, 5 g
type:
flourescent electric lamp
credit:
Mr Robert Gray