Quirk's Victory Table Lamp

Discussion in 'Quirk's Victory Light Co, and Goulburn Specials' started by Tony Press, Sep 24, 2018.

  1. Tony Press

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    Here is my Quirk's Victory Company Table Lamp (AKA "Goulburn Special"). This is a gasoline lamp.


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    Detail of the AGM burner used on this lamp:

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    The tank is painted with green textured paint:

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    The pump is a locking pump with a tapered end that closes the hole in the NRV, and a threaded pump shaft that screws into the pump.

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    Burner components.
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    Control spindle.
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    Ceramic button in burner.
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    The pump:

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    Pump cup from The Fettle Box.
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    Aluminium plate for the shade. Note the rather rough cut-out for the burner.
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    Testing the lamp.
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    Getting it going:

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    As it came:

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    Inside with the shade:

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    Curtains closed.
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    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Wonderful table lamp!
     
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    Looks good Tony and seems to be working well. :thumbup:

    I wonder if the paint on the tank is original. The examples seen so far have had polished brass tanks (with a clear varnish).

    I am also wondering if they always came with the glass globe. The shade on mine and Henry's are both made by Albert, so we don't know if that was ever an option from Quirks.
     
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    @Nils Stephenson

    1. On the tank: one of these, that had the same green paint as this one (also the same glass globe), was sold recently on eBay (by a Member here). The paint on mine is also on the tank bottom.

    2. On the shade. I had a conversation last night about these shades. There is at least one other Quirk’s with this glass that is not shown in the Reference Gallery (and is not the one sold recently on eBay).

    The early advertisements for the Quirk’s Wall Lamp show a similar glass but the detail is pretty unclear. See here (posted by @Graham P):

    https://classicpressurelamps.com/threads/quirks-victory-wall-lamp-1921.10218/

    In this post of a Quirk’s Victory Table Lamp ( Goulburn Special. ), Colin Mills says that his lamp “...came with a Wizard hollow wire glass” - the same glass as this lamp.

    I have been told that this glass has also been seen on an early Wizard wall lamp.

    3. I have another one of these lamps but it does not have this glass globe (nor the painted tank).

    Cheers

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    It's a grand old lamp!:thumbup::clap::clap::thumbup:
     
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    @Tony Press
    When I said shade, I meant a parchment type shade. So far I only know of the ones made by Albert.
     
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    @Nils Stephenson

    Apologies for my misunderstanding.

    In my roamings around digitised newspapers, clippings and conversations on this particular Quirk’s model, I’ve not come across one with a parchment-like shade. The second one I have has a big glass shade, like a wickie lamp, that sits on a fitter.

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    This advertisement which appeared on 3 July 1926 (The Australasian, Melbourne; sourced from "Trove"), shows an "Ezylite" lamp with an illustration of a similar glass (note the scalloped frosting).

    It's not the same model lamp as in this post (see text: "Made of heavy glass and steel throughout, with highly polished nickel-plated finish"; note also that the globe appears to sit on a base fitter), but the burner could be the same AGM burner.


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    Cheers

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    So until proven otherwise, I'll assume that the parchment shade was only Albert being creative. :) Now I have to find the correct globe and I assume they are less common than hens teeth.
     
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    Mmmmm.... Here's a lesson in assuming what you see in an advertisement is correct:

    This is the same advertisement as posted above, this time published in the Australasian (Melbourne) on 28 August 1926. It has two letters changed: "Made of heavy brass and steel throughout, with highly polished nickel-plated finish".

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    I'll have to check all my other ads now!

    Interestingly, I noticed in my hunt that Brandt's had "their own" Ezylite stove around in the late 1830s.

    Cheers

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    My thinking is that the Green wrinkle is original, they may have been also been available in polished brass, or they have been polished by owner when original finish deteriorated .
     
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    @Graham P

    There is bit of (non-crinkled) green paint on the inside of the pump boss on this lantern, indicating that the tank was painted without the filler hole covered. My other Quirk's Victory Table Lamp (same tank, different nuts on the two lugs) has absolutely no trace of paint or plating, so was polished brass, I assume.


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    Very nice score young fella !!
     
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    Lovely :clap:

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    Beautiful :D/

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