We did a little cleaning of my late mother’s house today, and finally got down to boxing her huge music-box/bell/knick-knack collection. There was one item that I not only didn’t know she had, but have never seen before: a light bulb with a sheet-metal sculpture in place of the filament. There was a cut-metal sculpture of a rose branch and a bird inside, and when I plugged it in, the sculpture glowed, but not like a regular bulb filament does, in a brilliant white, but a soft, almost-violet glow from all the surfaces. I wish I had photos, but we weren’t thinking about it when we found it and I’m not AT the house right now.
It’s seriously something that I’ve never seen before and I can’t seem to bring anything up on Google with (antique lightbulb “shaped filament”) as the search term, nor with “sculpted filament” or “sculpture filament”. Has anyone seen anything like this before, and what’s the deal? Were they once popular and now completely obscure or is this one a one-off?