3/300 Austramax Mica Globe

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  1. AussiePete

    AussiePete Australia Subscriber

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    Hi All
    Just finished fettling this Austramax 3/300 that sports a mica globe. Instead of a glass globe, a mica globe could have been an option at purchase or an after market modification. However, there seems to be quite few similar examples being discovered with the mica globe fitted.

    This first image is from the bay of evils, I neglected to take an "as was" photo.

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    The lamp was purchased reasonably clean and just needed some TLC.

    The following images are the lamp's parts after cleaning prior to assembly.

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    The nickel plated frame rest or collar has no marking whatsoever. The fount or tank has 2 identical stampings located on the the fount on opposite sides. The hood or vent is in excellent condition retaining all of its original enamel. I reused the original leather pump cup, just re-oiled it with neats foot oil. The filler cap seal was the only part that need replacement.

    The following shows one of the Austramax stampings. You may have to magnify the image however it displays the standard Austramax logo with the model number 3/300. The fount has a brass nickel plated bottom and the fount itself has nickel plating, not chromium, dating this lamp to before 1962, perhaps this lamp could be dated before 1952.

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    The mica globe is in reasonable condition given its usage and age. There are no holes albeit there are some creases.

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    The lamp was assembled, and to help future re-fettles I used a nickel anti-seize paste on the threads.

    Of course ....... the "Money Shot".

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    This lamp was one of the easier fettles, it was easy to light and runs very well, I like it.

    It's a good addition to my other Austramax lamps in my collection.

    Thanks for looking.

    Cheers

    Pete
     
  2. ROBBO55

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    You do nice work Pete. :thumbup:
    The enamel on the hood looks in excellent condition.
     
  3. JEFF JOHNSON

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    A splendid example!:thumbup::thumbup:
     
  4. ASHOK KUMAR

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    Nice work @AussiePete
    Great Job
    Nice to see your Service Table & Tools
    I am Just a beginner. started collecting Pressure Lamp. I from India
     
  5. Tony Press

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    Nice job, Peter.

    I have been pondering the mica globes (chimneys), and I also asked Bernie Holmes from TW Sands whether they had had them made “after market”.

    There’s no clear evidence that they were originally sold with the mica or not. Coleman mica chimneys were available, and these could be Coleman chimneys. It might also be the case that the mica was requested by, for example, the DoD as a more robust alternative to glass.

    It’s another mystery to solve.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Perfect job :thumbup:

    Regards,
    Titoo.
     
  7. Norman

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    Well done Pete.
     

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