Tilley KL80

Discussion in 'Harp Lamps (KL)' started by Buggerlugs, Dec 1, 2023.

  1. Buggerlugs

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    Hello all, here is my latest find and I am very happy indeed.
    I was lucky enough to come across this magnificent Tilley KL80 Harp Lamp, which seems to be hard to find in Australia these days.
    As you can imagine I am very excited to have this beautiful lamp in my collection now, that's another lamp off my wish list.
    I have looked for a date stamp and cannot find one, so I suppose its before 1957 and after 1940 as she has a GF control cock valve.
    Here are some photos as found.

    KL80 Harp Lamp Pre 1956 51.jpeg KL80 Harp Lamp Pre 1956 43.jpeg KL80 Harp Lamp Pre 1956 44.jpeg KL80 Harp Lamp Pre 1956 45.jpeg KL80 Harp Lamp Pre 1956 47.jpeg KL80 Harp Lamp Pre 1956 49.jpeg KL80 Harp Lamp Pre 1956 52.jpeg KL80 Harp Lamp Pre 1956 53.jpeg

    After an easy fettle doing all the necessary steps, she fired up straight away, these old lamps just keep on going isn't it amazing?
    So here are some money shots.

    KL80 Harp Lamp Pre 1956 23.jpeg KL80 Harp Lamp Pre 1956 26.jpeg KL80 Harp Lamp Pre 1956 30.jpeg KL80 Harp Lamp Pre 1956 35.jpeg KL80 Harp Lamp Pre 1956 34.jpeg KL80 Harp Lamp Pre 1956 39.jpeg

    Thanks for looking.
     
  2. JEFF JOHNSON

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    A lucky find indeed!:thumbup::clap::clap::thumbup:

    Will you be restoring it?
     
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    Great snag mate :thumbup: and even better seeing it running :D/
     
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    Congratulations Brian :mrgreen:
     
  5. Anthony

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    These tanks were not dated except ones made in September 1958 and they were stamped on the side.
    Not easy to see and as you found yours in Australia, I think there is a good chance yours will be dated.
    I'd be interested to know.

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  6. Tony Press

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    Great find, @Buggerlugs! Especially as it is complete with all of its components, including the smoke bell and the G7 vitreosil globe.

    Cheers

    Tony
     
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    Thanks to all for their comments.
    Yes you know team Buggerlugs can't help themselves.
    Yes I have looked very closely after reading in another post of yours thanks.
     
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    That's good news!:thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    Beautiful lamp, a real treasure. Its always good when an old lamp fires up with no bothers.
     
  10. Buggerlugs

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    @Anthony Maybe when I polish and respray, I might find a date stamp?
     
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    All the ones I have seen are very faint. Difficult to see. Right Tony. :)
     
  12. Buggerlugs

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    @Anthony I will let you know when I take the paint off.
    Then we will know for sure.
     
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    A great find:thumbup:
    It must have been safely kept away from the elements over the years. Besides Australia, they're
    not that easy to find elsewhere too.
     
  14. Buggerlugs

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    @MYN Yes this is one lamp I never thought I would have in my collection.:D/
     
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    What a fantastic find! You must be over the moon!
     
  16. Buggerlugs

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    @ColinG I sure am mate, who wouldn't hay? It all comes down to luck and being in the right place at the right time.:content:
     
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    Nice find Brian, looking forward to see the end result when you finish restoring it. That reminds me I will have to put my kl80 in the gallery after fettling it earlier this year.
    Regards Ian
     
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    Indeed, @Anthony, the date stamp is very easily missed.

    Cheers

    Tony
     

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