This old carbide bicycle lamp is an Old Sol by the Hawthorne Mfg. Co. of Bridgeport Conn. U.S.A.. The company name is marked on the dome above the lens and on the water drip adjusting knob. The glass lens is slightly convex for magnifying the light intensity. It is held into the bevel with a snap ring. The lens door is hinged on the left and held shut on the right with a spring clip. Behind the glass lens is a porcelain burner with a metal reflector behind it. On either side of the burner box is a faceted glass jewel, one red and one green. The removeable canister on the bottom unscrews. This is where the carbide goes. The water reservoir is above it and it has a small removable cap for filling. The adjusting knob on the top changed the amount of water dripping into the carbide chamber. It has the original cast iron clamp and bolt around the body of the lamp but it does not have the mounting bracket.
The lamp measures about 6 ½” high at the vent and the canister and reservoir section measures about 6 1/8” high and the base measures about 2 ½” in diameter. The lens flange measures about 3 ¼” in diameter. The nickel is in good original condition with minor scuff wear discoloration. Some of the plating is worn from the adjusting knob and the bottom of the canister so a little bit of the brass shows through. The body is in good condition with minimal dents and no major damage. The lens is not cracked but there is a flake off the edge which may have been done when the lens was originally put in. There is some paint wear to the clamp. As previously stated this does not come with a bracket for mounting to a bicycle.
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Vintage Hawthorne Ole Sol Bicycle Lamp – Antique Carbide Lamp
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