Market Lavington Museum

A pair of rear lamps

We have already seen one of the Acetylene Lamps in our collection at Market Lavington Museum. It was a headlamp for a motorcycle and it came from Court Close Farm in Easterton. We also have two rear lamps, from the same donor.

These acetylene or carbide lamps burned acetylene, C2H2, to provide their light source. This was created by the action of water, H2O, on calcium carbide, CaC2.

The lamps have a clear glass window at right angles to the red rear light.

We will find out a little about their manufacturers in our next blog post.