WW2 Swiss LUFTSCHULZ KERZENLEAUCHTEN (Candle Lantern)
This is a WW2 'black out' Air raid candle lantern that was used in a hospital in Müller, Basel, Switzerland. Full documentation was found in the Swiss Army Museum Catalog.
The original blue globe came broken unfortunately. It had already had a very old repair to it when it left Switzerland, but did not survive the shipping across the ocean. I was able to find a Blue Candle vase that was close in size. A very big 'Thank you' to Gwen Millard for the blue glass cylinder and to Peter Gearin, who skillfully and successfully cut the glass to the right size. It then took hours of sanding the top rim to the correct diameter so that it would fit properly.
The black out shade is stamped with the mark 'Müller Basel' and then with the Basel Coat of Arms.
Basel is located where the Swiss, French and German borders meet.
Here is the background information from the seller in Switzerland:
"Von der Laterne weiss ich, dass sie im 2. Weltkrieg in einem Spital in Basel eingesetzt wurde. Ich habe sie von einem Nachkommen der dort arbeitete erwerben können. Ich habe eine genau identische in meiner Sammlung. Auch mit «Müller Basel» gemarkt. Es scheint was seltenes zu sein dass ein Metallbauer nur dort konstruierte."
TRANSLATION IN ENGLISH:
"I know from the lantern that it was used in a hospital in Basel during World War II. I bought them from a descendant who worked there. I have an exactly identical one in my collection. Also marked with «Müller Basel». It seems to be something rare that a metalworker only constructed there."