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The Desirable Dozen
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  American Back.jpg - AMERICAN - Extremely rare nickel-plated brass cap lamp, marked on top THEAMERICAN LAMP & SPLTY. CO. EVANSVILLE – IND, the water control lever is ON in the center position and OFF either to the right or left positions, the unique beautiful 2 3/8 in. nickel-plated brass reflector resembles a flower blossom, this lamp is one of four lamps, all rare, that uses a screw socket for the reflector attachment (the four are the American, Anton, The Buddy and the H Gall - three are included in my pics), 3 3/4 in. high to top of water cap, 2 in. base dia., complete with feltretainer in unfired condition  (This lamp is featured in Fig. 2, pg.209 in Dave Thorpe’s Carbide Light - The Last Flame in AmericanMines.  The lamp was patented by James H. Powers of Evansville, IN as patent No. 1,272,315 awarded on July 9, 1918. The lamp ca. 1918 is one of four known examples and the only nickel-plated variety. The American Lamp & Specialty Co. was in business in Evansville from around 1920 till it closed in 1924. See Thorpe, Carbide Light, pp 208-209)  
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American Back | AMERICAN - Extremely rare nickel-plated brass cap lamp, marked on top THE AMERICAN LAMP & SPLTY. CO. EVANSVILLE – IND, the water control lever is ON in the center position and OFF either to the right or left positions, the unique beautiful 2 3/8 in. nickel-plated brass reflector resembles a flower blossom, this lamp is one of four lamps, all rare, that uses a screw socket for the reflector attachment (the four are the American, Anton, The Buddy and the H Gall - three are included in my pics), 3 3/4 in. high to top of water cap, 2 in. base dia., complete with felt retainer in unfired condition (This lamp is featured in Fig. 2, pg.209 in Dave Thorpe’s Carbide Light - The Last Flame in American Mines. The lamp was patented by James H. Powers of Evansville, IN as patent No. 1,272,315 awarded on July 9, 1918. The lamp ca. 1918 is one of four known examples and the only nickel-plated variety. The American Lamp & Specialty Co. was in business in Evansville from around 1920 till it closed in 1924. See Thorpe, Carbide Light, pp 208-209) Download Original Image
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