When the company was founded in 1922 it solely manufactured products for the shipping industry. That stayed this way until the 60’s. During this period the demand for oil lamps for consumers grew and so was our range of models. Almost all of our oil lamps have a nautical history and where being used on ships all over the world for navigation or just lighting purposes. Nowadays the larger oil lamps are still being used as emergency lights when all power is down. But mainly, the oil lamps are for decorative purposes as they produce a very nice light and create a relaxing atmosphere.
Since “the mechanisation” of our factory we make our lamps with lots of different types of machinery all doing one or more operations. This knowledge and know how is build up through the many years. Some of this knowledge, like how to operate the machinery of the Ideal Burner, was passed on by videotapes. It’s a combination of the people working at DHR and our machinery is what makes our high quality lamps. In the end, all the oil lamps start as a sheet of metal and are bend, cut, welded and formed into our distinctive oil lamps.
We slowly watched our competitors disappear and due to mechanisation all tinsmithing companies we where the only one in Holland. Nowadays DHR is one out of the two remaining companies in Europe that still makes brass and copper oil lamps the original way. We do not only keep the knowledge on operating the machinery and all the different sheet metal working operations but also learn new employees how to operate them. This way, DHR keeps the tinsmithing craftsmanship alive so you can light up the atmosphere with a authentic DHR lamp.