Original 1940's 'DARN-A-LITE' Illuminating Mushroom
An original vintage DARN-A-LITE mushroom aka the 'Glow-in-the-Dark' darner.
These magical light-up mushrooms were produced in England in the 1940s to help women repair clothing at night during WW2 when blackouts were widespread.
A mini bulb and battery sits in the stem which when activated illuminates the cap and makes it glow!
Sadly the specific type of battery required to make this work are no longer in production, however I have found a seller on eBay who creates something similar that works! I am happy to supply you with one of these non-rechargeable batteries, or you're welcome to purchase one separately here!
If you'd rather not buy a battery then you could always try using a mini set of fairy lights under the cap, or pop a mini torch in the stem instead.
And if you're really not bothered about light-up feature, simply use the hollow stem as a handy place to store some needles.
All of these preloved mushrooms are lovingly sourced from vintage markets and charity shops.
Three colour options are available: pink, green and yellow.
Each mushroom has it's own 'character' - surface scratches, small marks and/or some discolouration from it's previous life, but is still in usable condition.
We test each one to make sure it still works* and replace any old bulbs with a brand new one. We also give the Bakelite (an early version of plastic) a quick spruce up with a gentle cleaner.
Height - 11.5cm
Width of Cap - 7.5cm