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    Default Ever ready dated 1917 patent 970

    Hi here is a British Everready Wooden
    box lantern dated 1917 Patent 970.
    In amazing condition. This type of torch was produced up until 1926.
    I'm not sure of the exact age of this torch, but the switch is marked 1917 patent 970 .
    These torches were really well made, using oak I think.

    Cheers
    A


    Last edited by Tone90; 09-13-2017 at 01:21 PM.

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    Cool large orange peel reflector origins

    Any working pics with beam shots?
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    Thanks that's a great name for the reflector! I got the torch to work straight away, who knows when it was last lit up. The beam shot looks a bit ghostly! Cheers
    A

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    The dimples were called "multi-flectors and Ever Ready claimed it intensified the beam. Apparently they were hand stamped at random locations. Matter of fact that light was called "the Ever Ready Multiflector"

    Most were mahogany, some were teak or walnut.
    Model #1686. They were made up to 1939.

    American Eveready had one beginning in 1914 that had an oak case and machined dimples.
    Last edited by bykfixer; 09-13-2017 at 06:06 PM.
    John 3:16
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    Default Re: Ever ready dated 1917 patent 970

    Thanks that's very interesting, this torch looks like it wasn't used much, the wood is really nice and well put together.

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    What kind of battery does that MR Fixer?
    Looks really nice

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    Nearest I can tell IG these things used "3 cell battery pack"s, which may have been 3 double a's wrapped in a casing.
    Back then a lot of battery packs were double a cells either stacked or side by side with each cell being wrapped with what was similar to modern electrical tape and then a wrap around the cells to create the monolithic "pack"... then a heavy paper sleeve to place the brands logo etc.
    John 3:16
    "Girls from Montana are good dancers" -PK

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    Thanks bykfixer! These batteries seem to vary in size compared to the 4.5 v battery of today.

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    It was about 1917 when CF Burgess hammered zinc casings over a shovel handle and a rake handle in his basement on a side project while employed by a big manufacturer who had hired him (as a consultant) to make a longer lasting battery. They ended up being the standard size for C and D cells. He also crafted the chemical makeup used in cells until the alkaline came along.
    I've yet to read who perfected the double A casing and there are varying stories on the triple A.
    It seems you Brits were big into making lights that used B cells and rumor has it still use them in some products these days.
    John 3:16
    "Girls from Montana are good dancers" -PK

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    Default Re: Ever ready dated 1917 patent 970

    Great info! Cheers A

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