Salisbury acetylene headlamp, 1902.

Salisbury acetylene headlamp, 1902.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 26cm x 32cm


One of the original motor car headlamps made by H Salisbury and Sons Ltd, which has an acetylene generator combined with the lamp body. The body of the lamp is a horizontal cylinder with a concave mirror at its front end, and has a vertical cylindrical chamber to house the acetylene generator which is of the diving-bell type. The generator is fitted with baffles to prevent undue movement of the water, and is designed to be easy to take apart for refilling and cleaning.

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