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TILLEY FLOODLIGHT (MRA 054)
Item Code: MRA 054
Tilley lamps have been around since John Tilley invented the hydro-pneumatic blowpipe in 1813 in England. They were moderately successful, but only became truly famous a century later when they switched to the use of kerosene (paraffin) as a fuel during World War I, and they came to the notice of the British armed forces. Their paraffin lamps were so popular that Tilley became used as a generic name for kerosene lamp in many parts of the world, in much the same way as Hoover is used for vacuum cleaners. Post World War I, the company diversified into domestic lamps, and expanded rapidly after orders from railway companies. After World War II fears about the poisonous effect of paraffin fumes, and widely available electricity, reduced demand for domestic use. Today, the company still sells its original paraffin lamps, marketing them as relics.
This is a single air tube version of the Tilley FL 5 floodlight manufactured in 1935-36, the predecessor of the FL 5 model that included two air tubes. These were one of the first floodlights that were also marketed towards road contractors and emergency service personnel in addition to the railways. It comes with the twin inlet burner with the blanking plate on the back of the reflector, XN control cock with long spindle and the narrow pump with raised lettering and bayonet NRV. It also has a spring door catch. The brass plate mentions the registration number and the town in which this floodlight was manufactured. The unit produced 3000 candle power and featured armored glass and an all steel construction. This unit is in good condition, with only minor tarnishing which is to be expected.
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