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general enquiry

i have just joined the nmma ,and i am an ex kent miner. i have a couple of questions.i recently bought a eccles lamp of e-bay,and i am a bit dissapointed ! the glass is cracked and the soldering around the filler is at best awful!any suggestions ? not the obvious one please, also it is the type that were lit in the lamp room i dont seem to have a wick adjuster on the bottom of the lamp has it been bodged? i will be more careful next time ,but the photo did not show any of this.also have a 6d token from tilmanstone wherei i worked, i would like to get the halfpenny and penny tokens to make the set ,any ideas?
any tips appreciated thanks philip.

Re: general enquiry

First you have to reset the filling vessel on the side, but
This not easy as it looks, you have to use a strong torch
Oxygen / propane or propane / compressed air.
If you use a ordinary blow torch the whole of the fuel vessel
Will get hot and the bottom will fall out.
The wick adjuster has nothing to do with the lighting mechanism.
Nether buy a lamp with parts missing, before you have checked out
The cost of replacement parts.
The tilmanstone tokens you refer to come up on eBay under tokens and
Co-Op tokens fairly regular.

Re: general enquiry

dear dave
thanks for your reply, re lamp problems i can see your point about the soldering?,need to have a think about that one. also about the wick adjuster would it originaly had a turning rise and fall adjusteron the bottom? any ideas about the glass? i paid £30.00 for the lamp but i have learnt a lesson thanks philip.

Re: general enquiry

The way the wick adjuster works on a protector lamp is by
Turning a cross headed screw on the base of the lamp.
If there is no tube on the base of the lamp for the wick
Adjuster to work through, then it has had a new base fitted in
The past, for the glass and spares for your lamp go to…… … name …. Maurice Dawson

Re: general enquiry

Not a Tilmanstone token, but a Snowdown canteen token for 6d has just come up on ebay number 230429583647.