C.1938 Operay Multibeam Surgical Lamp

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C.1938 Operay Multibeam Surgical Lamp

5,500.00

The Operay Multibeam was first invented in the late 1930's as the first shadowless surgical light. It was quite sought after in operation amphitheaters that I have seen many ledgers where this lamp was the department highest equipment purchase for the year. This lamp had a short life span since its powerful arc would react to gasses in the operating room and cause explosions. Its successor was encased in a heavy cast iron housing and not as attractive. 

The mechanism consists of a bulb on the inside that reflects off six tiny concave mirrors that act as the focus to direct the beam through the  lenses bouncing off the mirror plates and creating a singular focus. Typically this lamp had a large counter balance and is anchored to a high ceiling. This piece is just the main housing as it was found in a retired surgeons home in Wisconsin. He had kept the light as a memento from the Mendota Sanitarium that had seen the likes of patients such as Ed Gien among others.

The lamp has been adapted with a period aluminum drop structure that makes the lamps total drop of 56". This piece can be hardwired above a table as ambient light. Such a great piece of functional sculpture.

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