Tilley X246 De Lux (1950-54)

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  1. KAB

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    Title based on existing gallery posts and happy to be corrected.
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    Looks to be original and in need of a lot of elbow grease and TLC.

    The glass is missing, as is the top of the hood. The cage and bail have a thick layer of rust.
    Another lamp to work over the winter.
     
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    More happy fettling!:thumbup::thumbup:
     
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    Sorry to show my ignorance but why is it a "deluxe" ?

    Regards Jeremy
     
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    I think it's irony, Jeremy... ;) :lol:
     
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    If it's speculum plated it's a De Lux I believe? I'll edit the title for search purposes.

    I guess it may be under that crud.

    1950-1954 Tilley X246 De Lux
     
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    Yes, that's my understanding, too... :thumbup:
     
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    Based the description on previous posts, de-crudded it should be a shiney silver fount :-k work in progress :content:
     
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    Thanks for the information. I never realised Tilley listed a Deluxe version and didn't pick up on the speculum playing on my little old iPhone 4s.

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    Lots of elbow grease and Autosol later and the fount is shining nicely. I had to stop rubbing as the surface pitting was starting to show the brass below. The frame had a rub down and a coat of silver paint.
    Following a comment on line, I changed the hood to a black one I had spare, although it is a newer type.

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    The lamp did not come with a glass so I used a 171 deep bowl style.

    The hood has suffered a lot from rust worm as can be seen below :(
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    A full set of new seals and time to test.
     
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    It cleaned up very nicely. :clap:
     
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    Hi KAB

    Looks great.

    Always fancied s speculum plated one myself. One day, maybe.

    Regards Jeremy
     
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    Any thoughts on how to secure the hood to the frame........ turned it over to show how the base had cleaned up.......:doh:........ luckily the glass landed on a chair
     
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    Gravity does the job on these lanterns. You just need to keep that in mind...
     
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    The plated version seems to have been the standard for exported lanterns. As far as I can see they only sold the gold painted ones here in the UK. ::Neil::
     
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    Vastly more speculum plated 1950s X246s in Australia than painted ones. I don’t think I have seen the 1950 - 54 variation in anything but speculum here. The earliest painted X246 I have is an X246A (although I have two X246s that were over-painted).

    Cheers

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    The odd gold-painted X246 does crop up here in South Africa. The earlier version with the bail mounting ears formed by the cage uprights. Both the earlier and later version plated X246 "Guardsman" lanterns are much more common though.
     
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    I was speed reading this thread, and saw that ^^^ as "Gold plated 8] :roll:
     

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