There is hoods and there is hoods. This one given that amount of extension/height should have a baffle
, the ones linked to probably also have one. Also concerned about the rear door not fitting
While I have seen a few electrical boxs at bottom of a fixture
to convert say 12/3 type S cable to something asbestos
, why in doing so would one run the connection to the lamp socket
outside this box for connection, and in the focus range of the slide baffle plate? Also means at least one more bushing
than needed at very least in not doing it properly. This is 230v though so the cord
out of it could have been a 16ga. It grounded over the oversized hood without baffle under it though helps date it in grounding an option in the say late 40's and where you live probably later.
Too bad we are so far across the planet... could rip it apart and determine a lot with you on what’s added, changed or supposed to be there.
For instance, on the rear door, there is a baffle between it and that center hole, yet there is no seen means of mounting for that baffle. Hinge also seems a bit
Inner light baffles seem to have some form of fastener or stud shown but they don’t have detail and don’t make sense in where they are for mounting the baffle.
I assume the outer louvers are welded to the outer donut
parts of the frame as per a later 40's thru
90's style of Mole
Fresnel. Yet they had the front hinged door of cast aluminum and didn’t do the hinged rear door. Hinging the rear reflector
is very problematic.
I would take some more photos _ not that it will help a bunch in identification, but to more see how it was done and understand quality of some parts verses questions over other parts.
Knob/hinged door on the rear match up with the hood style and hinged reflector for 1930's thru say mid_40's studio Fresnel
concept and perhaps a little later given where you found it, say into the 50's but there will have been a baffle under that high hood for any age. I have in stock
a Mole Richardson Fresnel of the same size from about 1936 that has the same concept in door and even a similar reflector. It’s cast aluminum front and rear parts though and only a single gel
frame clip, not a dual one that is very similar to the 40's thru 90's models. Lacking the fourth gel frame mounting clip either says corner cut or pre_thought of. Stamped steel front and rear welded baffles didn’t get done I think until after WWII I think. The warp in the rear door says probably why the hinged door and hinged reflector went out of style beyond problems overall with the concept.
Lamp socket I would suspect is a solid block
of asbestos as both a heat sink
_ not one Mole at least used. While captured in an aluminum casting I think, there is no removal knobs for gripping the lamp seen on the rear door photo. That’s a problem in that all G38 base
BiPost" lamps until later spring tension and twisting or pin lock to remove them were invented. Very interesting lamp socket in if changing the lamp from the year, either this socket is installed backwards, or it just relies on spring tension that’s not really done even today for such a lamp.
Interested in that secondary yoke
_ for the focus knob lock off??? This so as to perhaps more easily remove the lamp in bringing the carriage back to the rear of the fixture, but also some set stop range for focus? Very strange such an application, also the cooling vents on this bottom assembly _ such louvered vents that are kind of stretched as opposed to the vents on the rest of it that require baffles don’t quite fit with the fixture. How they fit also doesn’t really make sense for various other fixtures I have seen before. You install the outer round assembly over the lamp slide assembly. That’s important because you normally cannot fit the reflector assembly about the slot for the under carriage. Given this rear reflector assembly is hinged, possible that it was installed after _ but just doesn’t seem like the lower housing was designed for the fixture. Could be that this was a lower base for an odd fixture but every upper frame of a Fresnel that I have seen before that’s using a baffle plate, also does it below within this questioned period of time when venting. Also, what’s with the holes below those baffles? If baffling holes to a side plate, why add another step in the assembly in also drilling holes? Can’t see if at least baffled holes but assuming the top hood, suspect they are not, or what fastens such a baffle by way of fasteners isn’t the same.
Paint type, My Mole was texture black, while I have seen other even a sort of lacquer black or flat
black in use, don’t think I have seen a semi_gloss type black before the 40's. Could be and often hard to tell but I don’t at least think this from the 30's. Interesting the cage of the fixture is very similar to the effects projector
I’m researching, but after that can’t help. Similar to the one I’m reaching, but a lot of differences.
Overall, while strange from what I have seen before, believe this is a "Frankenstein" fixture and or if it is one that’s from a brand, it would be really hard to track
down. Good curiosity though type fixture.
I would find out more info on who I got it from and where they got it from. Interesting parts but they probably don't belong together. Lots more photos, even the cord grip could tell more on age. A study of the fixture in say dissimilar parts, and etc
. would in the end tell more to this hypothis.