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Old November 27th, 2014, 10:31 AM
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As many know I'm living/camping in a 200 yr old farm house while fixing it up. While for the most part I have stuck with the federal style architecture that is period correct for the house I'm also cheap. I needed a pair of sconces to go on either side of some french doors that open onto a patio. I had looked on line and @ the selection @ Lowes and Home Depot and nothing spoke to me. I then remembered an old set of early 1920's car headlights I had found stashed in some of dad's stuff and absconded with 15yrs ago.
These were dual fuel lights and state of the art in the early 20's. They had provision for a 6 volt bulb or kerosene. They have running/nav lenses on the sides for port and starboard (back in those days there were no lines on the road and you needed to know which side of a vehicle you were approaching). They have handles where you could remove them from the car and use them as a lantern. They are made of copper and pewter and the inside reflector area is silver plated. I have decided to leave them with their original patina and what remains of the old black lacquer paint instead of stripping them down and polishing them up. I wanted to electrify them but also not eff them up in any way. I used a chandelier socket, a 40w led bulb, and some lamp cord, and hung all this from up in the chimney. The lamps could be removed and put on a 1920's car in 10 mins. The kerosene part still has the wick in it etc. The lamps were made by the C.M. Hall Lamp Co. Detroit, Mi and are the "Model 204-E" Kerosene/Electric Driving Light

Going to ask dad what car they came off of this afternoon @ thanksgiving dinner. I figure I have finders keepers/possesion is 9/10th of the law rights @ this point.
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Old November 27th, 2014, 10:41 AM
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Very cool... Post a pic when you mount them.
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Old November 27th, 2014, 10:42 AM
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Wow those are beauties. Good use of old fixtures
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Old November 27th, 2014, 11:35 AM
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Looks like a Kerosene headlight circa 1915 probably with later modifications. By the 1920s electric had taken over.
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Old November 27th, 2014, 11:46 AM
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Nice job! You might want to store them in the d2 if your alternator craps out again......
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Old November 27th, 2014, 12:15 PM
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Nice job! You might want to store them in the d2 if your alternator craps out again......
Pretty funny from a guy who bought a D2 two mos ago and has yet to drive it...

Mom stepped the time table up. Should be to your place before dark.
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Old November 27th, 2014, 03:06 PM
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Looks like a Kerosene headlight circa 1915 probably with later modifications. By the 1920s electric had taken over.
Winner. I asked @ dinner and Dad said they came off a late teen's oldsmobile.
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Old November 27th, 2014, 03:08 PM
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I'd love to see a pic of the farm house if you could!
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Old November 27th, 2014, 04:27 PM
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Sha wing!!!!

Awesome, just beautiful...
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Old November 27th, 2014, 05:16 PM
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Very nice !! Live to see repurposed items being used .
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Old November 27th, 2014, 07:02 PM
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Very cool!
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Old November 27th, 2014, 07:14 PM
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Nice score! They are gonna look great!
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Old November 27th, 2014, 07:23 PM
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Nice. I like unique lights.
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