1958 Tilley X 458 "Flounder Lamp"

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  1. Mackburner

    Mackburner United Kingdom Founder Member Subscriber

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    This is the Tilley Flounder Fishing lantern. In the 1959 catalogue Tilley state this was the original design purpose for this neat little hand lamp. They were originally for sale in the Southern States of the USA. Makes sense because the main agent for Tilley in the US was A. W. Thacker who were based in Florida and I assume the everglades were where these lamps were intended to be used. As far as I know they were not sold in the UK although given it is included in an English catalogue in 1959 perhaps they were but few if any were sold here. They do turn up in the US but are always rare and sought after. This one was new in box and has never been fired. Dated in the base September 1958. ::Neil::

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    Sorry, Neil, but: is the insect screen upside down? I saw it in the same position on the other lamps you showed recently.
     
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    Could be. I don't know which way it should be. It fits the globe that way though. ::Neil::
     
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    Seeing Neils' insect screen I guess that is where Kayen got their inspiration for their own knock off insect screen.

    I have many of these insect screens, all brass but one. I would say without doubt the brass ones are Kayen and I now suspect the lone steel one is Tilley.

    Neil, can you remember if your insect screen is steel?

    I'm sure you've worked out by now the screen is upside down as depicted in the photo.

    The Kayen screens came with a short tube with a spring steel type clamp that went into the center of the screen so you could fix the screen to the vapouriser in a set position. The screen then would sit fastened in that spot without sliding up and down the vapouriser.

    That extra part wasn't present with the steel screen I have. It looks to be missing from your screen too Neil. Perhaps Tilley didn't make that extra, let's call it a, 'screen fitter', for the want or knowledge of a better term.
     
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    We already have talk of this kind of bug screen and the way it fits, here :
    http://0flo.com/index.php?threads/8558
     

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