Clarke's Patent - Whatsit?

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Clarke's Patent - Whatsit?

Post by Admin on Fri Mar 02, 2012 7:56 am

Now, I know you all like a challenge. So......

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Re: Clarke's Patent - Whatsit?

Post by Guest on Sat Mar 03, 2012 2:08 pm

I think its an early candle lighter
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Post by Admin on Sat Mar 03, 2012 3:16 pm

That's exactly what I thought.......but, I was mistaken. Don't give up. The answer awaits those who are persistant.
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Post by cadking on Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:47 pm

Does the back come off, and does the plunger go all the way down?

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Post by Admin on Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:06 pm

The back probably will come off but it is not supposed to. The plunger makes a "whirring" sound when it is depressed.

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Post by cadking on Tue Mar 06, 2012 9:14 pm

Is it used to put the flame out, since it isn't used to start it?

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Re: Clarke's Patent - Whatsit?

Post by Admin on Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:19 pm

Well, considering there have been over 130 views of this thing with no "winners", I guess it is time to tell you what it is.

Unfortunately, it has nothing to do with Samuel Clarke or his fairy lamps. That said, it is interesting just the same.....if you like gadgets. The following link will take you to the description......1883.

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Post by cadking on Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:18 pm

The 5992 patent was the patent number in Great Britain in 1883. But the same item was patented in the US with the patent number 324,009 in 1885 by the same person working with the Domestic Electrical Manufacturing Company of Boston Mass. I find it interesting that it was called a GAS lighter (I assume they are talking about oil rather than GAS as we know it today). I also like that in the 5th paragraph it talks about lighting inflammable gases, and explosive charges in mines. Why would you not use a dynamite or blasting cap plunger? They were built in the 1870's with much success. By the way, great find. Smile

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