The rarest of the rarest lamp?

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  1. frlrubett United Kingdom

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    Have searched this forum but not been able to find a thread directly about this,

    What are the rarest UK lamps and what are the rarest lamps worldwide?

    Have come from an antiques background and would love to know.
     
  2. Anthony

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    @frlrubett , there may be confusion with what could be “home modifications”.
    Could I suggest it be about advertised or catalogued lamps and lanterns.

    I guess that would include never found items too.
     
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    @Anthony good call, but maybe world locations, eg I have a ditmar 541and from where I am it’s rare but a fella once said there are heaps of them in the Middle East but eBay being eBay I don’t see any from anywhere,
     
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    Well, I’m going to jump right in and enter my 2 Tilley FS1s for the rare UK lamp category.
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    As is often the case I suspect in amongst the most rare lamps will be the ones nobody bought becuase they were too expensive, obsolete or they did not work well.
     
  6. David Shouksmith

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    That Tilley AL7 that sold recently on eBay was the only one I'd ever seen. VL1s are ten-a-penny in comparison.

    There's some other Tilley stuff in Jim Dick's book that are probably even rarer...
     
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    The EX5!

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    Matty found a few ads a while ago of models not found.
    This being one.
    The Straits Times, 20 February 1926, Page 5.jpeg
     
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    I would put a separation line between:

    rare collectibles lamps / rare lamps

    The first are the rare ones made by major brands that are clearly at the top of the list of every collector, the seconds are an infinite number of pressure lamps, made by small producers, that are really rare because in most of the cases just one or two are known to still exist, but don’t have any appeal to the majority of collectors... and they become rarer because no or just a few collectors save them for the future.
     
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    Yes, as far as I know there's only one (or just possibly two - but I've no idea where the second might be, supposing it does actually exist somewhere)...
     
  12. frlrubett United Kingdom

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    Yeah lovely lamp, thats what got me thinking.
     
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    Is there anything super collectable in the Vapalux world?
     
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    Vapalux donut:-

    Some_formerly_fat_bastard_with_two_Vapalux_donuts.jpg

    Here's a pic of someone holding two of probably half a dozen known...
     
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    That would be my choice; I’m happy to know it’s more than the original three that I knew about.
     
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    My mate Mick has an circa 1938 AL12 with revolving disc for railway signalling / marshalling, his is the only one I have ever seen.
     
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    That’s a sexy photo, perfect for the Playlamp magazine :)
     
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    Should have gone to specsavers....
     
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    I like the old Roman aqueduct in the background - we don't have them here.:D
     
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    Most Rare??

    There are dozens of folks on here that have one, or more, lamps that nobody else has got an example of.

    I've got a couple myself....
     
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    In this hobby rare can be just finding something that's really out of your area. Example, I have a Valor kerosene wick stove, very uncommon here in the U.S., not so uncommon in the U.K.
     
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    For me, rare is when there are only a handful (or less) of examples known to exist. Of course we are talking about products that come from a recognised factory and not home made one offs.
     
  23. frlrubett United Kingdom

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    Anyone else want to show pics of the 'rarest' in your collection?
     
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    IMG_20210209_180250-01-01.jpeg The rarest I have is a Hakukosha no.3. Made in Japan , before the end of WW2.
     
  25. frlrubett United Kingdom

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    Stunning!
     
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    My rarest: Continental Pionier 5315 of the size of a Maximette. I don’t know of another one.

    Nicola

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    Haven't seen this in the gallery. Anyone else got one?

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  28. Jean J

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    What is that James?
     
  29. Conny C

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    Wow James, that´s a stunner :thumbup:! I haven´t seen that lamp among any collector, but I´ve seen it in a catalogue I own.
    This lamp is seen in a 1926 Spanish incandescent lamps catalogue, that contains a lot of different makes.
    This is probably a French "Lumiere Noel" table lamp, not seen elsewhere as we only have one Lumiere Noel 1921 catalogue present.

    /Conny

    Lumiere Noel 1926 kopiera.jpg
     
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  30. Michel

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    absolutely I think Conny is right, this is a Lumière Noel burner
     

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