Oozing Goo - The Lava Lamp Syndicate

My sister gave this to me yesterday as a thank you gift.  Said she got it from some website and wouldn't tell me how much she paid for it.  It's pretty cloudy as you can see, but it also seems pretty old and has teal lava.

 

It resembles an Astro Mini, but it doesn't have that black rim around the base.  It's about a foot tall from base to cap.  The top is screw on, not bottle cap.  The base finish is appears to be copperish, but can also be tarnished silver depending on the lighting.  No flip switch, plugging it in turns it on.  Light bulb is strange.  It seems to be a skinnier version of an R14 reflector bulb.  The chord is a light blue, and the plug connector is definitely old. 

 

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Well if its not a hunter then I do think it could be German.

There are no markings whatsoever on the lamp, base or the cap.  The base has three, flathead screws that hold the bottom plate of the base to the hourglass form.  The globe itself, when I wrap my finger around the middle of it, seems flat on two sides, giving the impression that its an oval when you look at it from the top.

 

The only markings is on the plug itself: San Don 303039...it then has a peculiar symbol: three outlines of circles, arranged to form a triangle, inside a five-petaled flower shaped outline.  I can't take a photo of it, because its barely noticeable.
 
Dr. WHAT?! said:

is there any lettering on teh cap of the globe or under the base? I'm with Tim when I first saw this on esty I thought a hunter.

Could be German, yeah. But it's not a Hunter. Does the lava solidify, or is it like a thick oil that can move even when the lamp is cool? Also, does the cap unscrew?

If the cord has tape on it, chances are it used to have a switch, which was removed for some reason.

Out of curiosity, I googled San Don and found some interesting results:

http://www.google.com/search?q=San+Don&sugexp=chrome,mod=4&...

It appears Sandon is a place in Essex! Or just pure coincidence?

Yes, the cap unscrews.  The wax solidfies.
 
Jonas Clark-Elliott said:

Could be German, yeah. But it's not a Hunter. Does the lava solidify, or is it like a thick oil that can move even when the lamp is cool? Also, does the cap unscrew?

If the cord has tape on it, chances are it used to have a switch, which was removed for some reason.

No way a Hunter, just a mystery, hybrid export thingy. I love a good mystery!

Yes, a real rarity and enigma.. Only ever seen one other like it and that was a mystery too.

Jonas Clark-Elliott said:

Whatever it is, it looks both domestic and foreign somehow (to me) and none of us have ever seen one like it. Carlos, you now own one of the ONLY lamps I've ever seen with which no one knows who made it, or even what country it's from. I'm betting it IS at least 1980s old.


Just my opinion on it: don't try to filter it, or change it - if it flows, keep it as it is and count yourself lucky! Your sister is awesome.

~ Jonas

'Hunter' Sata-Lite and Sparkle-Lite models (various shapes and colours) only ever used a bayonet fitted light bulb so very unlikely to be related.
Tim Gill said:

I have done some reashearsh and I am certin its a hunter - not one of the standerd styles but a slight varation so mabie it was a limited release or a prototype as i dont think clear / teal was released.

Check out this info on it http://www.imovatedesign.co.uk/astro/hunterlamps.html

oooh the etsy mystery lamp....LUCKY DUCKY!!!! :D

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