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Illuminated darning mushroom

Illuminated darning mushroom
Illuminated darning mushroom
With top removed


This is a variation on the traditional darning mushrooms. Called the Darn-a-lite it had a battery in the bakelite stem and small bulb and reflector inside to illuminate the top. This meant that it was much easier to darn in poor light.

These were manufactured in the 1940's and would have been ideal for darning socks etc in the blackout or in the air raid shelter. They would have been an essential part on most women's sewing box.

They were made in a number of colours, I currently have a darner with an orange top and also one with a pink top in stock, the green is sold.

The mushrooms do not come with a battery as virtually always if there was a battery when I bought any of the mushrooms it was uncharged. Batteries are available from the Small Battery Company, The Small Battery Company. The battery size is No.8.

Prices, £18.00 each.
Postage & packing for UK £3.50 each.

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