As reader Adrian Jack pointed out, last week’s What Is It? item was from a “rise and falling ceiling pendant pulley light”.
“The electrical cable was strung around the pulley, which enabled the light to be raised or lowered. Of course the light fitting is missing along with the power cord,” he said.
Arthur Sale remembers wiring them in the late 1950s as a trainee electrician. Others who recognised the item included Dick Brinckman, Seamus Elder, John Stanton, John Aitchison, Janice Burn, Rod Hayes, Angie Green, Jenita Lusted, Peter Clark, Claudia Stern, Gail Oakes, Stan Baker, Ken Flight and Keith Brown.