A sort of "Show-And-Tell" thread to learn something about the evolution of Astro Lamps.
Maybe it could become helpful when grading Astros.....
There must've been over 2 Million Astros built and sold by now, so I doubt we'll manage to list 'em all ... So let's try anyway. ;D
What's the serialnumber or date-stamp of your Astro and what design is it?
Any specific marks? Like, does it have that little "spot" on the lower end of the letter S in the word "Mathmos" written under the base?
If the wiring is original, what kind is it? (EU? UK?)
Here are mine:
The oldest Astro in my collection is a chrome-base Crestworth. No Serial Number. Did they even use SN back then?
Base has rhombic "C" on plate and a sticker dating it to 9/1/91. Hadn't Granger already taken over Crestworth in 1991? Would THEY have introduced the globes with Crestworth markings and change the design of the base-plate (twice!) before changing the name to mathmos?
Yellow/green globe w/black plastic cap marked with a 3 and a triangle underneath, coil inside. Maybe got re-wired...?
190.575 - My oldest Mathmos Astro. The "standard" aluminium-grey finish with "astro - MATHMOS" plate. Red/blue filling, Crestworth globe, mesh inside. No "Spot"! EU plug.
206.283 - Standard, red/purple Crestworth globe, mesh, spot. EU plug.
245.794 - My very first lavalamp, bought (new) in 1996. Standard, orange/purple Crestworth globe, mesh, spot. EU plug.
257.374 - Standard, green/blue Crestworth globe, mesh, spot. EU plug.
308.535 - Standard, cream/turqoise Crestworth globe, mesh, spot. EU plug.
SN lost - Standard, orange/purple Crestworth globe, mesh, spot. New EU plug, maybe got re-wired...?
SN lost - New design, plastic feet insert, embossed "M Mathmos" sign on base, red print on cap, pink/blue Mathmos globe, coil. EU plug.
1.618.572 - (SN attached to cable!?) The youngest lamp in my collection. Newer Design, plastic feet insert, red print (3 lines) on base. Cream/pink Mathmos globe, coil. EU plug.