This gold painted spelter three-branch electrical table lamp, in the form of a cherub standing in front of a thistle was Annie’s favourite lamp according to her granddaughter, Mrs Phyllis Lee-Duncan. Phyllis, the daughter of Ella, the Russell-Cotes’ eldest daughter remembered the lamp being in the Boudoir when she used to visit her grandmother. Spelter is a zinc–lead alloy which is easily cast and worked. It was used from the 1860s in the manufacture of candlesticks, clock cases, tableware and light fixtures.
The lamp was donated to the museum in 1998 by Phyllis, who was also the last member of the Russell-Cotes family to own the Royal Bath Hotel.