Vapalux HD44 Hand Lamp

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  1. James

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    Some of you may have seen this steel tanked Vapalux hand lamp ebay recently. The previous owner has attempted restoration but it needs repainting and the usual fettling. I would rather have an E41-style one but I will take what I find :D

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    :-k Hmm - wonder why my eBay Vapalux search failed to spot that one? Maybe you were just meant to have it, James... :thumbup:
     
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    Well it didn't hang around long :D
     
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    Another great find James! :thumbup:
     
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    :-s :? What - was it on a BIN?
     
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    Yes it was a BIN.
     
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    Presumably at a price that just could not be refused... :p
     
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    Actually, the patina on it now gives it something of a steampunk appearance. I'd leave it as is just for the novelty of it.

    I envy you folks over there. Such beautiful CPLs!
     
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    Dunno about steampunk, Al, but apart from the tank which looks to have been given a coat of glossy varnish, it all seems exactly as you would expect one of these to be after 70 years... :thumbup: =P~
     
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    It looks like the seller used a phosphoric acid rust remover on it, leaving a black oxide, which he then varnished over. The seller included a photo from before restored it:

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    The lamp came to me via Italy - apparently it was left there by a British soldier during the Italian campaign of WW2.
     
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    Careless of him but probably understandable - he probably just wanted to get home!

    It seems these may have had quite an extensive use overseas. If you look at page 4 of Jim Dick's book, you'll see a Tilley publicity image showing a PL53 at the Athens Conference on Boxing Day 1944. In the image are Winston Churchill, Anthony Eden and Harold MacMillan along with Archbishop Damaskinos. What Tilley failed to mention (unsurprisingly!) is the Vapalux handlamp also doing its duty - look at the bottom edge of the photograph, just to the right of centre...
     
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    I repainted the steel parts and replaced the washers. One of the things I noticed when taking it apart was that there were some lead washers used. I assume these were an aftermarket replacement. Did W&B use lead washers on any of their lamps?

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    Nice job, James. :thumbup:

    I'm can't recall ever seeing any lead washers being used but that means nothing. I've seen red plastic NRV washers on a number of occasions. They've usually failed by now - which is perfectly understandable, of course...
     
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    Yes it had some red plastic washers as well.
     
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    It looks great now! :thumbup:
     

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