PL53 original colour? Grey/Blue

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  1. paparazi

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    Anthony Australia Subscriber

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    Original for sure.
    They also were EX100s once you change the hood and the handle.

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    I assume your is a steel tank.
    How much of the pump is steel and what about the handle ??

    The control cock is the wrong era but if it works then it works :)

    Yours belongs on the top shelf in my opinion.
    She is a beauty :thumbup:
     
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    Thanks for that..all brass pump, yes .. steel tank, steel handle, looks like ally cock..could be steel..need a magnet lol. Any idea of its age? For a fairly common lantern it's seems to have taken an age to find a half decent one (my first PL53)
    and I like the fact that it's a little different with the grey tank.
     
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    I wouldn't be at all surprised if the cock is nickel plated brass.

    Henry.
     
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    I was expecting the pump to be steel.
    Does the tank have an Registered Design number ??

    As in,
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    The condition of the PL53 is very good and the paint to looks original to me. All in all a great lantern!
     
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    That’s a nice looking PL53, my favourite lantern. Looks to be very original, nice find!
     
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    Thanks for your comments. I did find a stamp mark but it is so feint that even with a magnifier I can't make it out. Anyway, really pleased that it's it's original.
     
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    I noticed the model nr "E. X. 100". It's in disguise, I bet.
    It's a real beauty!
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    between 1940 and perhaps up to start of 1947
     
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    I guess they made steel tanks during the WWII era, due to the shortage of brass.
     
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    I have a PL53 that’s predominantly steel including some of the burner parts and it’s painted in what appears to be the army green of WW2.

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    Unfortunately the original looking globe is broken.

    The steel burner parts.
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    I’ve yet to fettle her, should be an interesting one. All indications so far is that the bottom is still sound from rust.

    The story is that it hung in a shed on an outback station (ranch) for decades.

    Cheers
    Pete
     
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    How far “outback”, Pete?

    Tony
     
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    @Tony Press
    I believe near Bogandilla north of the Chinchilla to Roma road, I don't know who or exactly where, but the bloke I bought it from was apparently a roustabout on the station over a decade ago.

    Cheers
    Pete
     
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    Fine fettling projects!:thumbup:
     

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