Original Wehrmacht German Desk Lamp Panzer Gray Working
Original German Siemens TL3650-402 M 1 D desk lamp or Arbeitsleuchte, Schreibtisch-Werkstattlampe. This is more likely to have been seen used in workshops or general work environments for activities which require a person to be able to position the light better as opposed to simply illuminating a desk. There are many similar models with slight variations, but this particular one is the only model that I have found which was always originally a panzer gray color but most, like this one, have since been overpainted in black. The classic Bauhaus design of the lamp makes it extremely desirable within the decorator market and yes in the lamp collecting community. There is a very healthy market of lamp people in Europe which makes the prices for these feel a bit ludicrous to me, but that is just what they cost. I get it, it is a very nice looking lamp. I did turn away many similar lamps in favor of this one due to the remnant of panzer gray on the bottom.
This lamp is in working condition but has been rewired. I believe it has been rewired more than once in its life as the internal wires also look newer. I replaced the cord with a braided rayon lamp cord and used a reproduction Bakelite American plug from the 1930's to dress it off nicely and make it a little easier to use. Light bulb not included.
It does have some obvious patches of surface rust under the black paint but the main components are original, including the switch. It might be worth restoring and painting back entirely in gray, but it also looks good as is. The adjustable arm is a bit loose but it will stay in the top most position on its own just fine. The lamp also swivels up and down and left and right.
I have another example of this lamp on my desk at home which retains most of its original panzer gray paint which is one reason I feel confident in advertising this as an actual Wehrmacht desk lamp. The standard work lamp color of the era was black so these being a distinct panzer gray color means something. There just isn't a "lamps of the Wehrmacht" book that I am aware of with better information.