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.
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.
||Brian Robinson. I.Min.E, ISRP.
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