...as Gorbachevs speaker Gennadi Gerassimow once said. Or in my own words: Don't shit too long, otherwise shit happens :-(
Came across this nice lamp today and was wondering if it's really a metallic Astro, it was only described as 'Vintage Mathmos Lamp in excellent condition like new". Not super-cheap, but with 65 Pounds still affordable for such a treasure. And the seller didn't overstate, it really looked newish on the photos - crystal clear fluid, a real piece of jewellery, coming along with the original box.
I found it while I was still lying in my bed (tuesday is my day off) and surfing the internet with the smartphone. And believe me or not, I only wanted to go to the loo, while my desktop PC was already booting, and then after my morning shit I wanted to buy it.
BUT when I came back 6 or 7 minutes later, someone else got there first and it was gone. YELP!!
I reckon someone in this forum is really happy now, while I'm suffering with the reverse effect...
Don't think that's the original box, seems to be the mid-90's style box and brochure - whereas the metallic Astro was sold for a brief period in the early 00's, the cap doesn't quite match the base either (looks it's from an earlier lamp).
So probably not quite the pristine original boxed example you may have been led to believe, if it's any consolation.
Yeah, the box made me suspicious too. And also that the term "Metallic Wax" was nowhere mentioned.
But it looks like the metallic lava, or am I wrong? And in the end I'm interested in the lamp itself, not in the box.
Here is another strange one. In the text it says "purple wet look/shiy wax ... wax is almost metallic"
The pictures are indefinable, purple metallic was never released, as far as I know.
Maybe the dots on the pictures are not in the wax, but in the glass?
Or it is photoshopped?
Or an artefact due to a bad camera?
Anybody any idea?
Yeah... bit of an oddity - there was a purple metallic, but issued with the standard silver base, also the wax in the lamp pictured looks much darker/ glossier than the one released by Mathmos (unless it's just the effect created by the camera flash)
Still maintain that's not the right box, the design of the boxes has changed at various points through the years, that one belongs to a different era from when the astro metallic was on sale. And it's unusual to have the printed logo on both the cap and base (the printed caps were usually issued with the older style bases with the pressed/ embossed logo) although I dare say it's possible there could have been an 'overlap' with some older left over components at the factory
Just pays to be aware of what you're buying to avoid disappointment, if you don't care about boxes, fair enough. Personally if I bought a lamp sold as completely original, boxed etc, and it turned out not to be the original box I would be disappointed, of course that's just me.
I don't pretend to have superior insider knowledge or anything, just based on my own observations as a collector of changes through the years - it seems odd that a 00's lamp would be issued with the older style 90's packaging and brochure. It's certainly possible that factory may simply have had old inventory to be used, but as a potential buyer it would make certainly me a bit skeptical, of course if they could show me the label on the side of the box indicated that it was a metallic, I would happily shut up :-)
the (00's) metallic astros are certainly very attractive lamps, much more interesting that the chromed glass thing they make now - the wax has all almost marble-esque quality - shame that Mathmos were quite so quick to give up on them...
Yes thats true. I'd like to know to reason but maybe they had lost too much money on them already due to people who complained and most likely just got a new free bottle as it seems to be their policy to please their customers at any cost. I know at some poin it just didnt feel right for me to complain when some bottle arrived cloudy for some reason as they have always trusted me and sent me a replacement without asking for a picture or anything. What I do remember though is that at least half of the 18 I got from this distributor guy have been cloudy. A few of thgem so badly that it was barely possible to see any wax moving in there. Only 5 or 6 of them have been totally crystal clear and only as long as I didnt run them...even when using a 25 watt bulb which makes the heating process take 3 - 5 hours they got slightly cloudy over time. But I guess thats just how it is ...everything truly beautiful doesnt stand the test of time...so if you manage to get your hands on a really good example with totally clear fluid I wouldnt have it running while watching tv I'd just look at it while its still as breathtaking as they are in mint condition.