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What the heck is this contraption?! - Paraffin lamp burner

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:08 am
by Zyrbalax
Hi all,

Had a couple of hours out yesterday (pasture field as usual), and came away with a lovely 1951 Half Crown and a 1770 (G3) Half Penny (I do like it when I can actually get the date from coins that old, most of the G3 coins I've found so far have been in a sorry state).

But there was also this, which has me completely stumped. It's certainly not old, made of copper/alloy. Perforated one side, screw thread, decorative "battlementy" bits on the side, what seems to be a press button... all I can think is maybe part of a coffee percolator?
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Contraption 2 small.jpg
Any ideas very welcome!

Thanks
Z

Re: What the heck is this contraption?!

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:11 am
by WVAM
Burner from an oil/parafin lamp - little wheel controls the wick height

Re: What the heck is this contraption?!

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:22 am
by Muddyknee
Just like this

Re: What the heck is this contraption?!

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:29 am
by Zyrbalax
Thanks guys, knew someone on here would be able to enlighten me (if you'll pardon the pun :))

Z

Re: What the heck is this contraption?!

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:52 am
by Muddyknee
Zyrbalax wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 9:29 am
Thanks guys, knew someone on here would be able to enlighten me (if you'll pardon the pun :))

Z
It's comments like this that get on my wick........... ;)

Re: What the heck is this contraption?! - Paraffin lamp burner

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:17 am
by Machinist
Now I am feeling really old because I remember them, my grandparents had a paraffin lamp in the loo at the bottom of their garden. They kept it on at night over winter against the water pipe to stop it freezing.

Ray

Re: What the heck is this contraption?! - Paraffin lamp burner

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:22 pm
by Bors
Machinist wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:17 am
Now I am feeling really old because I remember them, my grandparents had a paraffin lamp in the loo at the bottom of their garden. They kept it on at night over winter against the water pipe to stop it freezing.

Ray
Yup, we had one in those days too. Just like the one in the picture. It was about 8" high and was just big enough to give off enough heat in the outside loo at the bottom of the garden,to keep the frost from bursting the lead pipes going to the cistern.(complete with torn up 6" pieces of newspaper hanging on a loop of string.)
Ah ,those were the days.

Re: What the heck is this contraption?! - Paraffin lamp burner

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:37 pm
by DiOz
Bors wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 1:22 pm
Machinist wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 11:17 am
Now I am feeling really old because I remember them, my grandparents had a paraffin lamp in the loo at the bottom of their garden. They kept it on at night over winter against the water pipe to stop it freezing.

Ray
Yup, we had one in those days too. Just like the one in the picture. It was about 8" high and was just big enough to give off enough heat in the outside loo at the bottom of the garden,to keep the frost from bursting the lead pipes going to the cistern.(complete with torn up 6" pieces of newspaper hanging on a loop of string.)
Ah ,those were the days.
Yep....back when the toilet paper was also used for reading. ::g

Re: What the heck is this contraption?! - Paraffin lamp burner

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:40 pm
by DiOz
Are there any maker's details on the wick winder?

Re: What the heck is this contraption?! - Paraffin lamp burner

Posted: Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:31 pm
by Zyrbalax
DiOz wrote:
Thu Jan 10, 2019 4:40 pm
Are there any maker's details on the wick winder?
I'll take a look... :)

Z