This vintage kerosene bicycle lamp was made by the Badger Brass Mfg. Co. of Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S.A. around the turn of the century. It is made of nickeled brass and appears to be all original including the convex front lens and both red side jewels. The lens holder is hinged on the right and clips closed on the left with a little wire finger tab to push against when opening. It has a patent applied for mark on the small latch that secures the oil reservoir. The clip is spring loaded and the ball and post assist in securing the latch. The wick is adjusted by the thumb screw on the right that is just above the oil reservoir latch. Behind the wick is a metal reflector. It has its original, adjustable steel bracket. The bracket does have new felt on the inside.
The lamp measures approximately 6 ½” tall. The glass lens measures about 2 3/8” in diameter and the outside edge of the lens rim measures about 3 1/8” excluding the latch. The overall condition is very nice showing minor wear and minimal dents or nicks. Most of the nickel is in fairly good condition with minimal pitting although the plating is worn through to the brass on the top of the vent. There are also dark areas where the nickel has worn off at the base of the vent and a little on the rim around the front lens. There is a split on the metal flange behind the lens holder. I have attempted to show all of these flaws in the photo details. The bracket, as previously stated, has new felt lining the inside. The steel was probably never plated.
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Item ID: 19188