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Offline Figleaf

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Oil lamp wick adjusters
« on: October 31, 2016, 03:31:24 PM »
Although this came in a large lot of coins, I think it is an old-fashioned knob, once attached (with too much force, it seems) to an axis and meant to turn it in order to micro-regulate something. What makes me fancy it is the top decoration. I am pretty sure the same figure can be found on the edge of a modern circulation coin, but can't remember which one.

Peter

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Re: Not a token
« Reply #1 on: October 31, 2016, 07:23:52 PM »
oil lamp regulation knob ?

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Re: Not a token
« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2016, 08:27:35 PM »
C / H : Cold / Hot ?

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Re: Not a token
« Reply #3 on: October 31, 2016, 09:09:11 PM »
@ Afrasi: possible, though it looks just a bit too small. I forgot its vital stats - 1.9 grammes, 15.7 mm, reeded edge.

@THCoins:  :like:  The lower decoration does suggest water, while the upper one could stand for a cloud of steam.

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Re: Not a token
« Reply #4 on: October 31, 2016, 11:46:08 PM »
Knob off a paraffin lamp used for adjusting the height of the wick.
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Re: Not a token
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2016, 10:40:07 AM »
Yes, you agree with afrasi. However, I like the Hot / Cold suggestion. Or is there a paraffine lamp maker called Charlton Heston or something? :)

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Re: Not a token
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2016, 11:22:10 AM »
Yes, you agree with afrasi. However, I like the Hot / Cold suggestion. Or is there a paraffine lamp maker called Charlton Heston or something? :)

Peter

For CH I prefer Confoederatio Helvetica  ;D  but perhaps Carl Holy of Berlin is the more likely answer?

I don't see the precise one listed here but there are quite a few shown.

A good candidate for this thread Historical artifacts other than coins
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Re: Not a token
« Reply #7 on: November 01, 2016, 01:24:41 PM »
Carl Holy sounds pretty good. I found a collection of petroleum lamp wheels here (takes some time to load). There are 16 by Carl Holy, none like mine, though. I'll send the owner of the site an email...

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Re: oil lamp wick adjusters
« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2018, 11:05:46 PM »
Another wick adjuster from a job lot of coins. brass 20mm knurled edge.

A search of the link given by Peter above reveals three types of L & B all attributed to Lempereur & Bernard in Liege, Belgium.
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Re: Oil lamp wick adjusters
« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2019, 12:58:43 PM »
Another wick adjuster with initials J S brass 19mm

Unfortunately both links above have now closed with the sites up for sale.
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Re: Oil lamp wick adjusters
« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2019, 01:45:22 PM »
The sites may have been archived. Eurocoin is pretty good in retrieving old pages. Why not send him a PM?

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Re: Oil lamp wick adjusters
« Reply #11 on: July 23, 2019, 01:46:28 PM »
Both links have now been repaired.

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Re: Oil lamp wick adjusters
« Reply #12 on: July 23, 2019, 01:54:47 PM »
Excellent! Thank you, eurocoin.

Peter
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