1940 Tilley SL61 Hospital and Survey Steel

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  1. Mackburner

    Mackburner United Kingdom Founder Member Subscriber

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    This would have been a military issue lamp as it was originally painted air force grey. I repainted it many years ago in this powder blue which is really too light but it will have to do 'cos I am not about to repaint it. The tank is all steel and the hood unusuall as it is brown all over unlike the majority which have a white underside reflector. This one will date from about 1938 to 1940 as it has the long valve socket. It is however possible that some of the longer valve sockets were used after 1940 but it is pretty certain that Tilley only used steel for a few years before changing back to all brass in about 1946.


    Like all this type it does not have a specific model number. The instructions that Tilley included with them was always for the outdoor wall lamp model SL61. They were supplied in a wooden case with a set of spares and such. If I can find the box for this one I will add images of that later. ::Neil::

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  2. adelcoro

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    Very interesting piece.
    You did a great job restoring it.
    Agostino
     
  3. Juan

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    I "need" a Tilley hospital lamp.
     
  4. Mackburner

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    I have just reallised I made a mistake with this one. It was possibly not military issue. It came in a case marked for despach to British West Africa and Nigeria. Could have been for military use although I suspect it was a civil administration service contract. Three of these turned up in auction maybe 15 years ago in Diss Norfolk and I think another member here may also have one. There were two lamps dismantled and squeezed into this case but I remember once I had taken them out I could not get them back in. No room for the shades either. Still an interesting case and I have still only seen the three examples of this method of casing a pair of PL53s.

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  5. David Shouksmith

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    PL53s?
     
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  6. Mackburner

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    Oops!! Yea OK so a senior moment. Quite right and they were a pair of SL61 Hospital lamps
     

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