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ElephantsGerald

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Posted: 09/09/2019 18:54:51
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Hello!

I've just inherited this lamp, and I'd love to find out a little bit more about it.

I've seen a very similar post on this forum, where it was concluded to be a replica souvenir as it didnt have a gauze - but I'm interested to see that my one does have a gauze. Is it a real one, or is it also a souvenir replica? Could anyone give me any more information?

https://imgur.com/a/rmEwUcb

Thanks all!
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crickleymal

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Posted: 13/09/2019 14:28:26
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I'm definitely not expert but if you have to unscrew it to light it then it's probably or possibly not mine safe. I have a Wolf GPO safety lamp which is very similar but with 2 gauzes used in sewers and conduits I believe.

I thought lamps for coal mines have to be able to be lit without dismantling the lamp. Of course I could be talking rubbish though.

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Posted: 13/09/2019 14:48:12
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Looks to be better than the "replica" lamps on sale in the tourist shops.
It has a gauze bonnet and sealing gaskets.
E.Thomas and Williams did make lamps for colliery work, but are now known for light weight replicas.
On a "real working colliery lamp" I would expect to see some form of lock.
Possibly a lamp sold as a souvenir, or presentation.

I would suspect that it is designed to use paraffin, not Colzaline or petrol type liquids.
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ElephantsGerald

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Posted: 13/09/2019 15:03:30
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Thanks both, really interesting stuff!

crickleymal - You do have to unscrew it to take it apart but I'm not sure how you light it.

rufenig - It is quite small at just over 6" tall. I don't know tons about mining lamps but I imagined them to be a bit bigger than that. You think it's just quite a good replica then? Nice that it might actually work as a lamp, even if it's not mine safe!

What's the little metal arm on the bottom for? It rotates a small metal hook inside the glass portion of the lamp, which can be poked into the wick holder and against the wick.
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Posted: 13/09/2019 15:13:18
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What's the little metal arm on the bottom for? It rotates a small metal hook inside the glass portion of the lamp, which can be poked into the wick holder and against the wick.

That is the wick height adjustment.
You just light the wick, then replace the top. This can be difficult without the wick going out on some lamps.
They were intended more for display, than use.
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Posted: 13/09/2019 15:42:21
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Thanks!

A shame it's not the real deal but I didn't really expect it to be, and it's rather beautiful either way.
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Posted: 13/09/2019 20:36:24
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ElephantsGerald wrote:



What's the little metal arm on the bottom for? It rotates a small metal hook inside the glass portion of the lamp, which can be poked into the wick holder and against the wick.


think thats the electronic lighter for the lamp pass a electrical current through it and light the wick i think. if you do facebook there is a group that might help you https://www.facebook.com/groups/mltcgroup/

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Posted: 14/09/2019 12:48:40
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Pretty sure it's just the wick adjuster. It's hard to see how you'd pass a current through that to light the wick.

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Posted: 15/09/2019 12:32:21
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That IS just a wick adjuster.
Looks like a replica lamp to me (but a decent one none the less.).
Don’t be disheartened, mind. It still looks the business, and would work a treat, should you decide to fill it and fire it up....

Leif.

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