Kynoch (early 1920s)

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  1. Tony Press

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    This example of the Kynoch lantern was found in Australia. It has the British Kynoch name plate, not the Melbourne (Australia) name plate.

    Kynoch lanterns are listed in the Pressure Lamp Catalogue of @Mackburner as “...a re-badged Nulite Storm King lantern or copy, with a single burner as seen on English Nova Lanterns”. They were only marketed for a short time.

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    Up and running.

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    Some notes on this lantern.

    It was a very straightforward fettle, and I really only needed to give it a clean, put a new washer on the filler cap, loosen up the check valve, and sort the pricker out.

    In the photo below you can see the pricker mechanism that came with the lantern. Below it is a Nulite Storm King pricker mechanism. In discussion with @Henry Plews and Neil MacRae, who both said that the Kynoch had the Nulite pricker mechanism as standard, I fitted the Nulite pricker mechanism to the lantern, while I sort out the configuration that came with my Kynock (this will be another post).

    All the photos above show the Kynoch with the Nulite pricker. I’ve not made the extension arm to operate the pricker from outside the cage yet, as I will do that when I re-fit the original pricker mechanism and return the Nulite one to its home lantern.
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    This photo shows the Fargo 751 mantle I used. Its 751 stamping has remained after burning.
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    Here is the Kynoch with an old and tatty mica chimney. In the photos above the Kynoch has a Hasag glass from my Hasag No. 102 (or no glass at all).
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    Another fine lantern!

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    Cheers

    Tony
     
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  2. JEFF JOHNSON

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    Hello Tony, those lanterns are scarce, so it's a very lucky find and a well presented post!:thumbup::clap::clap::thumbup:
     
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    Very nice ,Tony. :thumbup:
     
  4. Alex Smith

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    Thank you for sharing such great notes and photos. You must be pleased with this lovely lantern.
     
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    Well presented Tony! Great presentation for a fine example!
    Thanks
     
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    This is a really great article, thanks for sharing.
    I have recently come across a posting for a Kynoch lantern for sale. Considering purchasing it.
     
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    Gary

    Given that these Kynochs are not very common, it would be a worthwhile purchase.

    Tony

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    That's a fine looking lantern. I have come to believe that lanterns of this 'genre' are almost always functional without much issues. Even those that seems to be in rough or scruffy conditions would most likely work with a minimum of fettle. I'd reckon that these were certainly designed and made in the golden era of such devices. Simple and elegant in appearance yet so deceptively refined in engineering.
     
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    Very nice lantern :thumbup:

    Regards,
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    I did a bit of searching around for Australian-based advertising for this lantern, but I’ve found only this, so far. It appeared in a Sydney (Australia) newspaper on 12 April 1922.
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    Cheers

    Tony

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    Fantastic looks. Love the all brass body and hood. 100 years old and still going strong. Brilliant.
     
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    Above I showed the Kynoch lantern working with a borrowed Nulite pricker mechanism. I’m about to put that pricker mechanism on the Nulite that it came off, so I’ve rebuilt the pricker mechanism that came with the Kynoch.

    To refresh. The mechanism that came with the Kynoch is at the top of the photo below, above the Nulite pricker.
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    I fitted a new eccentric wire, repacked the graphite and installed the mechanism:

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    It functions well. I’m assuming that as it is all brass (except for the eccentric wire) and it fits, that it came with the lantern, although Neil and Henry suggest it would normally be seen with a Nulite pricker mechanism.

    I’ll get around to sorting the extension lever now it’s working with the original mechanism.

    Cheers

    Tony

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    Well fettled!:thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    What an interesting lantern. Thanks for the detailed information Tony, I learn something here everyday.
    A great piece of British cultural heritage!
     

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