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Cliff Rust - I Have A Large Davy Lamp, twice as large as a standard one
Mick Reed - Wolf Safety Lamp, what is the brass clip fixed into the base for?
Jean Kimber - Getting A Spark From My Grandfather's Protector Lamp
Brin Nowell - I've recently been given a PATTERSON LAMP and would like to know more
Anthony - Are The GR6's Deputy’s Lamps?
James Brelsford - I am trying to find a miners lamp from Creswell Colliery
William Greig - I cannot work out how to get the bottom part open
Brian Lancaster - Safety Lamp Wood Pit Haydock



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Cliff Rust
14 November 2011
I Have A Large Davy Lamp, twice as large as a standard one

I have an old Davy Lamp that is twice as large as a standard one.

Does this have a different name to enable me to find more about it.

Regards Cliff Rust


Cliff Rust
23 Oct 2014
Old Davy Lamp, From Silverwood In South York's, Which Is 100% Bigger Than The Standard Lamp Size, Why So Big?

Hi, it's been 3 years from when I put my question forward but no replies. I have an old Davy lamp which is 100% bigger than the standard lamp size. As I've never seen another one of this size I presume it to be rare. Does anyone know of any others and if so what was the purpose of it compared to the standard sized ones? This originally came from Silverwood in South York's.


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Mick Reed
28 August 2011
Wolf Safety Lamp, what is the brass clip fixed into the base for?


Hi there,
Hope you can help!
I’ve attached a picture of the base of a wolf safety lamp that I am thinking of purchasing.

WOLF No 7 RMBS made by WM Maurice of Sheffield.

Right in the centre of the picture you can just make out the head of the adjuster for the wick.

Just up from that on the picture you can see that there is some sort of brass clip fixed into the base. Have you any idea what this is for?
(If you were to look into the main housing of the lamp, you would see that there is a mechanism that comes up right at the side of the wick pipe. I don’t know what the mechanism is for; perhaps it is some sort of flint lighter?) It may be coincidence, but the clip on the base is directly underneath this mechanism.

Have you any ideas?
Many thanks for your assistance.
Mick.


Indeed this is the device to light the lamp. Pull the ring down towards the floor, its on a hinge effect, and turn briskly clockwise half to a full turn. This has a very clever spring loaded internal portion that then increases the number of turns, strikes on the flint (hopefully one in there) and thus lights the lamp.

The 7RMBS was the last full size lamp that WM Maurice of Sheffield made, quite a large, heavy beast.

Regards

Brian 

Brian Robinson. I.Min.E, ISRP.
Breathing Apparatus - Rescue Consultant

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Jean Kimber
28 July 2011
Getting A Spark From My Grandfather's Protector Lamp
Dean and Chapter
Dean and Chapter Colliery, c. 1950 - 60

Hello and many thanks for running your website, its been so helpful and informative.

I have my grandfathers miners lamp. I belive its a deputy's re-lighter lamp - I know he was a deputy and the lamp has a flint and internal lighting mechanism (for want of the correct terminology).

He worked in the mines in County Durham, specifically Ferryhill (Mainsforth Dean and Chapter).

I have manged to light the lamp (after at least 50 years of not being used!), but getting a spark isn't easy and seems to happen more by luck then design.

Are there any tips, or anything else I can try?

 

The information on the round badge on the lamp states:
THE PROTECTOR LAMP & LIGHTING Co LTD.
TYPE 6RS
MINISTRY OF POWER
SAFETY LAMPS
APPROVAL No B/28
101
MAKERS
ECCLES

A number just above the base in front of the glass reads:
54/2244G

Any other information would be gratefully received.

I have attached some photos - I hope they are OK

Best regards

Jean Kimber


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Brin Nowell
0 Dec 2009
I've recently been given a PATTERSON LAMP and would like to know more

Hello,
I've recently been given a lamp and would like to know a little more about it. I hope you can shed some light on it for me.

The front plate reads....PATTERSON LAMPS LTD GATESHEAD-ON-TYNE The middle of the plate reads..GPO

On the lower brass band of the top section are the numbers... 8 then a gap and 55.
I can't seem to get the top unscrewed because the locking brass band at the base is broken.., not that I'm sure that this is the correct way to open and light the lamp

Regards Brin


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Anthony
July 2009
Are The GR6's Deputy’s Lamps?
Hi
I have 2 lamps 1x gr6 and 1 x gr6s can you tell me if these were deputy’s lamps many thanks

Anthony


Some information which might be of help

 


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James Brelsford
14 May 2009
I am trying to find a miners lamp from Creswell Colliery

Hello I was just wondering if you could help me I am trying to find a miners lamp from Creswell colliery all my family worked there but I was born n the wrong era or probably working at side of my dad ha ha my father in law moved to Australia last year back underground my grandads got two but there his pride and joy and many a tear shed when the winders came down

I would be very grateful for any information

Thank you

James Brelsford


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William Greig
22 March 2009
I cannot work out how to get the bottom part open

Hello, I have just inherited a safety lamp which was the property of my father-in -law,a mine manager who died 26 years ago. The lamp was then kept by my mother-in-law who has just recently died. I would like to clean the burner up and see if it will light but cannot work out how to get the bottom part open. The base is heavy brass with a swivel lock on the side which I cannot budge. Does the bottom unscrew? The details on the lamp are: - The Protector lamp and Lighting Co. Ltd. Type SL. Ministry of Power Safety Lamps approval No.B/120. Makers Eccles.

Hope you can help.

Regards.

W.T. Greig.


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Brian Lancaster
22 January 2009
Safety Lamp Wood Pit Haydock


Hello
My name is Brian Lancaster I live in Wigan and my late Father worked at Wood Pit till it was shut down and then he went to Parkside.

But the reason I am contacting you is to see if you can help me with some information about an old miners lamp I have as I don’t know anything about it or what year its from, its brass and has been a working lamp, on the top part of the lamp its is stamped

RE EVANS & Co,
HAYDOCK
OFFICIAL
May be you could forward this to Ian Winstanley as I don’t know how to contact him.

I have attached a couple of pics of the lamp.

Best Regards
Brian

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