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Does anybody knows what this is?

Article about: Hi there, I recently found this item in a dumping pit. other finds were some ww2 related bullets. It looks like a rear light, but is seems to be very small for that. 10 x 10 cm. anyone has a

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    Default Does anybody knows what this is?

    Hi there,

    I recently found this item in a dumping pit.
    other finds were some ww2 related bullets.
    It looks like a rear light, but is seems to be very small for that. 10 x 10 cm.
    anyone has an idea?

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    Hi Ollie
    It looks a bit like a 20's motorcycle Carbide rear light. It had a central chamber as part of the front light which contained calcium carbide with a water resovior above, open valve water trickles onto carbide result accetlyne and a stink. Light and close glass. There should be a fitting for a rubber pipe from the front light to the back light. great for warming hands & lighting pipe or fag.
    Regards
    Rob

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    Agree with Tiffy - Looks to be a 20s vintage small motorcycle or even bicycle carbide acetylene lamp - the red lens would suggest a rear lamp as you say. These lamps were usually made in sections that clipped together and the reflector / burner cover section was usually removable, possibly hence you only have that part or it is from a more sophisticated system with a central gas generator, such as that in the photo.

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